When school systems learn, professional practice improves and student achievement increases

Picture this: Teachers sharing insights and challenges. Principals leading with trust. Central office leaders inspiring and supporting principals. A synergistic learning system that results in all students succeeding. This practitioner's guide to creating a system-wide learning organization focuses on professional learning as the stimulus to improving student achievement. Experienced superintendents Paul Ash and John D'Auria provide a blueprint to: - Improve schools through system-wide professional learning; - Increase student achievement by instilling a deep-rooted culture of curiosity; - Bolster faculty and staff morale with trust-building initiatives; - Align professional development with student-centered district standards

Introduction: Transformation: Moving a School District into a Learning System

Introduction: Transformation: Moving a school district into a learning system

A seasoned educator has just become the new superintendent of a district that has 3,100 students in one preschool, three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. About 10% of the families qualify for free and reduced lunch, and the quickly changing student population is about 20% students of color. For the past five years, the town government did not have sufficient funds to match the rising costs of contractual obligations, special education, utilities, and health benefits. The increases in these budget areas often averaged 4% to 10% annually, while the school revenues remained constant or increased by 1% to 2%. This yearly gap ...

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