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1st Edition

Bringing Innovative Practices to Your School
Lessons from International Schools

ISBN 9780367185909
Published October 16, 2019 by Routledge
238 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Exploring issues of student agency, equity, assessment, teaching, management, teacher leadership, and use of technology, this book provides strategies, tips, and guidance for enacting innovative change in today‘s schools. Drawing from unique and creative approaches at international schools, real practitioners share their stories and best-practices. Chapters contain engaging snapshots of the innovative practices currently happening in international schools, translate those practices into leadership actions, and show how those innovations are played out in localized contexts. This exciting book is for every school and district leader keen to think outside the box, reassess their schools’ strengths, and improve the purposes and means by which they educate students.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Innovative Leadership Practices in International Schools

Jayson W. Richardson

Section I: Student Agency

Introduction to Section 1: Student Agency

Jayson W. Richardson

Chapter 1: iBlock @ UNIS Hanoi: Turning Potential into Performance

Glenda Baker

Chapter 2: Vignette: Classrooms without Teachers

Shwetangna Chakrabarty & Natasha Haque

Chapter 3: Vignette: Innovate, Play, Transform: Design Thinking in the Early Years

Kristen L. MacConnell

Chapter 4: Vignette: Developing Creativity in Schools

Sara Ssengendo

Section II: Equity

Introduction to Section II: Equity

Jayson W. Richardson

Chapter 5: A Journey to Inclusion

Ryan Elissa Hopkins-Wilcox and Deborah Bradshaw

Chapter 6: In Pursuit of International Mindedness

Natasha Haque

Chapter 7: Women in Science: Community Collaboration for Real-World Inquiry

Stephanie Budd and Caleb Steindam

Section III: Curriculum, Teaching, and Student Learning

Introduction to Section III: Curriculum, Teaching, and Student Learning

Jayson W. Richardson

Chapter 8: Skill-Based Exams: Assessment Promoting the Transfer of Learning Beyond the Classroom

Jim Gerhard and Gray Macklin

Chapter 9: Creating Curriculum Structures that Foster Innovation

Elizabeth Rossini

Chapter 10: Vignette: Personal Learning Profiles: Learning for the Unique, Not the Average

Daniel Todd

Section IV: Management of Schools

Introduction to Section IV: Management of Schools

Jayson W. Richardson

Chapter 11: Instructional Coaches: An Investment in Innovation

Kimberly Ann Cofino

Chapter 12: Bringing Innovative Practices to Traditional Contexts: Navigating the Challenges of Change

Jennifer D. Klein

Chapter 13: The Future of Learning at the Western Academy of Beijing: A Work in Progress

John D’Arcy

Chapter 14: A Reimagined Doctoral Program

Matt Militello and Lynda Tredway

Section V: Teacher Leadership

Introduction to Section V: Teacher Leadership

Jayson W. Richardson

Chapter 15: Cultivating Teacher Leadership

Kristen L. MacConnell

Chapter 16: Vignette: Distributed Leadership Through Reciprocal Advisory Structures

Joelle Basnight

Chapter 17: Creating a Culture of Learning

Ryan Elissa Hopkins-Wilcox

Chapter 18: Vignette: Visiting Scholars: Bringing Innovation to You!

Kimberly Ann Cofino

Chapter 19: A Reimagined Doctoral Program in Action: Confronting Equity Challenges in International Schools

Matthew Militello, Lynda Tredway, Tosca Killoran, Christie Powell, and Kristin Halligan

Section VI: Technology and School Leadership

Introduction to Section VI: Technology and School Leadership

Jayson W. Richardson

Chapter 20: Innovative Learning Spaces: Design Thinking in Pedagogy

Shwetangna Chakrabarty

Chapter 21: Technology in Today's Schools

Todd Von Seggern

Chapter 22: Hit the Ground Running: Leveraging Distance Education for Teacher Induction

Jeff Dungan

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Jayson W. Richardson is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership Studies at the University of Kentucky, and is a Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE).


"What makes this book relevant and readable is that it goes beyond theory. We read about a school leader’s initiatives from the conception of the idea to its realization – the planning, the rollout, the challenges, the successes, and the results."
-Jane Swisher, MiddleWeb