Educators and policymakers need to add to their toolbox for implementing reform this outstanding new book by Kilgore and Reynolds. It is rare to find such a well-written volume that explains how to reorganize schools into more effective enterprises using clear examples grounded in rich scientific studies. For those faced with how to make things happen and work smarter, this excellent book delivers on both.”

—Barbara Schneider

John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University

Transform your school's culture from the inside out

You're stunned by the increase in student absenteeism this year and wonder what is causing it. There may be multiple factors, but few administrators have the luxury of investigating them all. From Silos to Systems provides specific application steps for engaging all staff in a systematic approach to dealing with the various causes of schoolwide problems. School leaders who have used this approach find numerous benefits:

Teachers have a way for their voices to be heard; Principals spend less time trying to integrate all the concerns of various advisory groups; Strong cross-cutting ties that spur collaboration emerge among teachers; Educators realize more dramatic results from their efforts.

The book also includes current research on developing a positive school climate, improving professional learning opportunities, utilizing data analysis to identify and resolve instructional and behavior issues, and the effective use of technology in schools.

Sally Kilgore talks about using the book:



Predicting future advances of education technology is no easy task. In 1999, students enrolled in an education technology class at University of Illinois created an innovation timeline that included the following:

  • 2005: Students’ electronic notebooks would have the first interactive textbook
  • 2024: Most schooling activities will occur at home
  • 2084: Students will be taught by robots (Bruce, 2001)

The anticipation of robot teachers, clearly, is the most curious prediction. Perhaps students envisioned the patient voice on most of our GPS systems (“recalculating route”) would be available as they worked through complex mathematical problems.

The use of technology in educational settings has not been without critics. While students were envisioning the future of education technology, Stanford education professor Larry Cuban (2001) was concluding that the benefits of new technologies in ...

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