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

The Four Right Drivers of Change

The four right drivers of change

It was about 2:30 p.m. on a beautiful Friday afternoon in San Francisco when one of us (Paul Ash) had the opportunity to speak with a very well-known educational writer and researcher who was selling his new educational program at a national conference (his name is withheld to avoid any unintentional embarrassment):

Later that afternoon, I entered a small conference room at a nearby hotel. After refreshments, the author and I, along with a handful of other people, sat down at a conference table to discuss the author's new program.

After some discussion about the new program, I started asking questions and soon was engaged in a one-to-one conversation. Not wanting to dominate the meeting, I ...

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