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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

Introducing the Decision-Making Cycle
Introducing the decision-making cycle

This chapter presents an overview of the Action Teams Decision-Making Cycle (DMC), which is the process at the heart of the Change Creation system and the critical preparation schools need to make before beginning the DMC. Chapter 6 and Chapters 9 through 12 will address in detail the steps in the cycle, while Chapters 7 and 8 examine action teams and how to guide and support them. These seven chapters also make connections to the fundamentals of effectiveness introduced in Chapters 2 and 3 and the fundamentals of teams, learning teams, and professional learning communities introduced in Chapter 4.

All schools follow cycles of work. One cycle is a multiyear improvement cycle linked to the school's vision and strategic ...

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