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Build a dynamic system for change!

From No Child Left Behind to Common Core standards, we are inundated with directives for improving our schools. How can we really create lasting change? By applying the Change Creation system!

The Change Creation system produces a creative, collaborative, nurturing school environment—and you can make it happen. The authors use what they have learned over two decades of working with schools implementing Whole Faculty Study Groups to make improvements and refinements that create a more streamlined and effective grass-roots system for measurable and sustainable student growth.

Learning community pioneers Dale Lick, Karl Clauset, and Carlene Murphy show teachers, principals, and schools how to: Develop the right vision, relationships, and culture to create and sustain change; Create communication networks for sharing that work; Model learning-inquiry cycles for action teams for success; Build loyalty, trust, and responsibility within your teams and across the school

With a free, comprehensive online collection of practical resources including templates, checklists and action team assessment forms, Schools Can Change will become your keystone for school innovation and improved student learning.

“Far too many good initiatives fall short due to lack of planning and exclusion of important stakeholders. The authors tell us how to build a sustainable culture over time. They don't pretend that it is easy, but give the educator confidence that it can be done.”

—Eddie Ingram, Superintendent

Franklin County Schools, Louisburg, NC

“This is the most comprehensive book on the topic of school change ever written. The suggested practices and strategies at various stages create a comprehensive, meaningful text. This book helps us gain practical wisdom at all levels in our districts and schools.”

—Lyne Ssebikindu, Assistant Principal

Crump Elementary School, Cordova, TN

The Process of the Change Creation System
The process of the change creation system

The Change Creation system is a schoolwide change and creation system that has these two components:

  • The right leadership, vision, culture, and relationships within the schools for innovation and creativity
  • A change creation process for developing new teaching and learning approaches that measurably improve student performance

In Part I of this book, Chapters 24, we described the fundamentals of effectiveness for ensuring that schools have the right leadership, vision, culture, and relationships to support and sustain innovation, creativity, and the Change Creation process. In this part of the book, we outline and unfold the process of the Change Creation system through what we term the Decision-Making Cycle. Chapter 5 introduces the Decision-Making Cycle, ...

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