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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

Leaders at All Levels
Leaders at all levels

It is no longer sufficient to have one person learning for the organization, a Ford or a Gates. It's just not possible any longer to figure it out from the top, and have everyone else following the order of the “grand strategist.” The organizations that will truly excel in the future will be the organizations that discover how to tap people's commitment and capacity to learn at all levels of the organization.

—Peter Senge (2006)

In Chapter 1, we began by asking why very few well-funded school districts have been able to close racial and socioeconomic student achievement gaps. After discussing possible reasons, we stated that the typical K–12 organization, as it is currently designed, has reached the limits of ...

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