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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

Six Reasons Why School Systems Don't Educate All Students at High Levels
Six reasons why school systems don't educate all students at high levels

Imagine that you are the superintendent of schools in a highly respected school district. Your K–12 school district is well funded, has great teachers, and has strong community support. The vast majority of students perform extremely well on all state and national examinations. However, there are still significant achievement gaps within your school system.

Why do these achievement gaps continue to exist, even in well-funded school districts? Why can't these K–12 school districts close the achievement gap?

There are three potential responses:

  • It's not possible for all students to achieve at high levels;
  • Our work has not been successful, so we just need to ...
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