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:

Essential Structure for Reframing Professional Life in Schools

Essential structure for reframing professional life in schools

We've gained some appreciation for how school structures and processes can generate frustration and mediocre outcomes. Now, we flip sides to establish guiding principles for what we need to reframe professional life capable of realizing the vision a school has for the students it serves.

We use the phrase “reframing professional life” to refer to explicit efforts to create or modify structures within an organization that create appropriate and useful flows of information, ensure that multiple perspectives and causalities are taken into account in solving problems, and, finally, enable schools to seamlessly adapt to frequent shocks.

What structural attributes of schools create the greatest capacity for adaptation? First, consider the flow of ...

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