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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 8: Family and Community Partnerships
Family and Community Partnerships
The needs of students and teachers drive the type of partnerships that should be established with parents and community organizations. While this seems obvious, all too often schools focus on activities that, at best, have marginal effects on school goals. Take, for instance, an effort to increase attendance at parent-teacher association meetings—a good and noble goal. Yet, most educators understand that the students in greatest need of family support are the least likely to have parents in attendance at such meetings. Similarly, we often recruit business partners without any consideration of what school needs they can address. It is the responsibility of the Family and Community Partnerships Action Team to help its school find ways in which these ...