The book is broken into three sections that are loaded with examples and stories from educators, schools and business. Part I: Will define and bring together the three most important concepts in creating long-term success: value, strategy, and innovation. Part II: Covers the Five Big Tools of strategic change. There are more than this, but these five proven tools are a great place to start. There are concrete, relatively simple ways for you and your school team to use these tools to build both a comfort and capacity for change that can improve learning and create more excitement about what your school has to offer. Part III: Deals with the pragmatic reality of how to compete in an evolving marketplace of customer-families who have choices about how and where their kids will be educated. In these chapters I share what works for schools as well as lessons from other businesses that are very different from schools.
The Five Big Tools of Strategic Change for Schools
In the first section, we developed the argument that sustainably successful schools will have powerful aspirations that overlap with those of the community they serve. They will align strategies and practices of innovation in order to deliver on those aspirational promises. All of that is the first, critical step. Now we have to face the inevitable questions: How do we get from where we are to where we want to be? How do we actually change a school, a district, or a culture with the resources and commitments we have and in a time frame that is relevant to our students? How to change a school or ...