The book will be an analog to the volume Corwin published in 2011, Essential Lessons for School Leaders. Specifically, there will be between 100 and 125 lessons, each of which will be highlighted on a separate page. For example: prevention trumps remediationcontext always matters. School improvement is about layering small gains. Most of these will be framed as laws, as was the case in the Lessons for Leaders volume. One difference is that this book will begin with a 13-page fable, ‘The Mournful Tale of the Death of Mr. School Improvement,’ in which many of these laws fail to play out. Murphy may also generate a closing fable where lessons are seen not in breach but in practice.

Framework for School Improvement

Framework for school improvement

The assignment in this brief section is to present a way of thinking about school improvement that grounds its conclusions on the best empirical evidence from the last three decades. We lay out a framework that accomplishes this in five parts: An essential equation, building material, construction principles, enabling supports, and an integrative device (see Figure 1).

Figure 1 The Architecture of School Improvement

The Essential School Improvement Equation

Collectively, the evidence directs us to the position that there is an essential school improvement algorithm, one that is both simple and elegant:

School Improvement = Academic Press + Supportive Community

The equation represents the core of school improvement work in the modern era. Another parsimonious model for this narrative is the double helix. ...

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