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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

Collaboration in All Directions: Elevating the Importance of Teamwork
Collaboration in all directions: Elevating the importance of teamwork

Without collaborative skills and relationships, it is not possible to learn and to continue to learn as much as you need to be an agent of societal improvement.

—Michael Fullan (1993, p. 18)

When educators work collaboratively toward the same goals, they increase the capacity of the school and school system to improve learning for all students. Most U.S. schools, despite their modern appearances and student access to computers and the Internet, still operate as a collection of single-room schoolhouses (classrooms). In typical schools, teachers’ schedules, labor contracts, and evaluation measures focus on the work of individuals rather than the work of teams. The school system's infrastructure reinforces the efforts ...

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