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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 4: Managing Change Successfully
Managing Change Successfully
Changes in priorities and practices are an inevitable part of any profession. Yet as one acquires more experience as an educator, one risks acquiring a measure of cynicism: promising new practices look more like old ideas in new packaging. If it didn't work then, why should it now? Educators, particularly in urban areas, face the prospect that the new solution will be abandoned whenever the visionary leaves. Why risk being stuck with an orphaned vision? Just waiting it out seems fairly sensible. We all want things to be better—especially for our students—but sometimes less change may be the best route.
Ideas from “afar” require special suspicion: How do we know it will work with our students? Is it truly appropriate for ...