Michael Fullan and other notable experts present a cohesive model of tri-level reform—school, district, and state educators collaborating to build and strengthen capacity for change.

The Road to School Improvement

The road to school improvement
Richard F.ElmoreElizabeth A.City

It's hard, it's bumpy, and it takes as long as it takes.

In our work on instructional improvement with low-performing schools, we are often asked, “How long does it take?” The next most frequently asked question is, “We're stuck. What should we do next?” In our roles as facilitators of communities of practice focused on instructional improvement, in our work on internal accountability (Richard) and using data (Liz), and in our research, we have noticed some distinct patterns in the way schools develop as they become more successful at improving student learning and measured performance. Here are a few of our observations.

There are no “breakthroughs” or dramatic “turnarounds” in the improvement of low-performing schools. There ...

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