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:

School Culture and Climate

School culture and climate

School culture refers to the shared beliefs and assumptions that guide the individual decisions of members in a school community. As observers or members, a school's culture is visible through what Terrence Deal and Kent Peterson (1999) call the “living logos”—those actions and words that serve as “placards, posters, and banners” (p. 65) for the beliefs and values educators hold. This includes beliefs about what and who are important, what students must understand to have a fulfilling adult life, and what good parents do. In culturally diverse communities, unfortunately, people often hear different things from the same signal.

Educators signal what schooling is all about with more than their words. How classroom time is used, the types of exams ...

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