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:

Curriculum and Instruction

Curriculum and instruction

Each year, state and district policies result in greater restrictions on instruction—not just through academic standards, but also through pacing guides and interim assessments. It's easy to forget the frustrations of the 1990s when academic standards and state assessments might not even form a Venn diagram.

Since the inception of standardized testing, the most important predictor of student learning was what was taught. The press to move state assessments from “guess what's important” to strong alignment between published academic standards and state assessments has, thankfully, removed many frustrations. Yet, the new federal expectation that interim and baseline assessments be available throughout the year necessarily requires pacing guides aligned with them. Educators feel pressed even further to narrow their focus—sometimes making it ...

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