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“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.”
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:
Chapter 3: Essential Processes for Teamwork
Essential Processes for Teamwork
Having the appropriate mix of people on teams and connecting them coherently is a necessary condition for successfully reframing an organization, but it's hardly sufficient. How work gets done will greatly affect the success of any team. All too often, committee meetings are on educators’ lists of bad experiences. Educators stand in good company with people in all types of organizations. While some teams or committees generate exceptionally smart solutions to problems that no one person could have developed, others wallow in small talk and haphazardly adopt the easiest action or remedy proposed. It's a paradox, but researchers find that the best and worst decisions arise from group deliberations. Unfortunately, the bad decisions and frustrating processes encourage leaders ...