Master one of today's most successful school reform and school improvement strategies!
The Whole-Faculty Study Group (WFSG) System is a student-centered, teacher-driven process for facilitating major staff development and schoolwide change. When applied properly, it has produced extraordinary results for thousands of educators and students in schools and school districts across the country.
The Whole-Faculty Study Groups Fieldbook is a comprehensive guide to applying the WFSG process. Edited by Dale Lick and Carlene Murphy, this practical manual provides concrete strategies for implementing and sustaining a school improvement process in any environment. Offering extensive experience, each contributor explores a different aspect of Whole-Faculty Study Groups and supplies lessons learned and many first-hand examples of successful school reform and student performance enhancement. Written to complement existing resources or serve as a stand-alone guide, this book will
Demonstrate how concepts can be applied in a variety of school improvement efforts; Present relevant strategies and activities; Illustrate how to use suggestions in real-world situations; Highlight critical concepts through extensive case examples; Provide helpful tips and lessons learned; Explain how findings can be applied to professional learning communities
Offering numerous illustrations of the WFSG System in action and a comprehensive collection of tools for initiating and sustaining successful improvement programs, this fieldbook is an essential resource for K-12 administrators, staff developers, and teachers involved with any type of school transformation effort.
Chapter 31: Improving Schools: Seeing the Big Picture
Improving Schools: Seeing the Big Picture
“Excellence in education” should rank among the highest priorities for our fifty individual states and the nation. It should be obvious, even though many don't see and appreciate it, that our future way of life in the United States, in the long term, is directly dependent on the quality of our educational systems.
Importance of the Fieldbook Initiatives
The initiatives discussed and illustrated in this fieldbook represent an impressive and broad array of the kinds of school-improvement efforts that should be going on in every school and school system across the country. For example, Chapters 5 and 25 tell the story of successful efforts to significantly improve the quality in the Springfield (Missouri) Public Schools.
The total ...