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

Whole School System Change and the Diffusion of Innovation

Whole school system change and the diffusion of innovation

In previous chapters we focused on the four lead drivers that increase the collective capacity of a school or school system to improve student learning for all students: increasing trust, collaboration in all directions, capacity building, and having leaders at all levels of the school system. While these drivers are needed to catalyze educational innovation and change, they are not sufficient to overcome likely resistance from multiple constituencies, or to ensure that innovations spread throughout the school or school system at a deep level. In Chapter 7, we discussed some of the obstacles to change in an educational setting. In Chapter 8, we present a school- and districtwide ...

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