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Bringing Innovative Practices to Your School

Lessons from International Schools, 1st Edition

Edited by Jayson W. Richardson


228 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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This book provides strategies, tips, and guidance for enacting innovative changes in your schools, exploring issues of student agency, inclusion, evaluation, management, teacher leadership, and use of technology. Drawing from unique and creative approaches at international schools, real practitioners share their stories and best-practices, as well as how these ideas can be applied to any school, regardless of context. Chapters contain engaging shapshots of how innovations are put into practice, as well as summaries of lessons learned and takeaways. 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


Chapter 1: Introduction: Innovative Leadership Practices in International Schools

Jayson W. Richardson

Section I: Student Agency

Introduction to Section 1: Student Agency

Jayson W. Richardson

Chapter 2: iBlock @ UNIS Hanoi: Turning Potential into Performance

Glenda Baker

Chapter 3: Vignette: Classrooms without Teachers

Shwentangna Chakrabarty & Natasha Haque

Chapter 4: Vignette: Innovate, Play, Transform: Design Thinking in Early Years

Kristen MacConnell

Chapter 5: Vignette: Developing Creativity in Schools

Sara Ssegendo

Section II: Equity

Introduction to Section II: Equity

Jayson W. Richardson

Chapter 6: A Journey to Inclusion

Ryan Hopkins-Wilcox and Deborah Bradshaw

Chapter 7: In Pursuit of International Mindedness

Natasha Haque

Chapter 8: 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 9: Skill-Based Exams: Assessment Promoting the Transfer of Learning Beyond the Classroom

Jim Gerhard and Gray Macklin

Chapter 10: Creating Curriculum Structures that Foster Innovation

Elizabeth Rossalini

Chapter 11: 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 12: Instructional Coaches: An Investment in Innovation

Kim Cofino

Chapter 13: Bringing Innovative Practices to Traditional Contexts: Navigating the Challenges of Change

Jennifer Klein

Chapter 14: The Future of Learning at the Western Academy of Beijing: A Work in Progress

John D’Arcy

Chapter 15: A Reimagined Doctoral Program

Matt Militello and Lynda Tredway

Section V: Teacher Leadership

Introduction to Section V: Teacher Leadership

Jayson W. Richardson

Chapter 16: Cultivating Teacher Leadership

Kristen MacConnell

Chapter 17: Vignette: Distributed Leadership Through Reciprocal Advisory Structures

Joelle Basnight

Chapter 18: Creating a Culture of Learning

Ryan Hopkins-Wilcox

Chapter 19: Vignette: Visiting Scholars: Bringing Innovation to You!

Kim Cofino

Chapter 20: 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 21: Innovative Learning Spaces: Design Thinking in Pedagogy

Shwentangna Chakrabarty

Chapter 22: Technology in Today's Schools

Todd Von Seggern

Chapter 23: Hit the Ground Running: Leveraging Distance Education for Teacher Induction

Jeff Dungan

About the Editor

Jayson W. Richardson is Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies at the University of Kentucky and is Director of the Center for the Advanced Study in Technology Leadership (CASTLE). Dr. Richardson served as the co-chair of the Comparative and International Education Society's Information and Communication Technologies Special Interest Group (ICT4D SIG) for nearly a decade, and is co-editor of the Journal of Educational Administration.

Scott McLeod is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Colorado Denver. He is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on P-12 school technology leadership issues. He is the Founding Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE) and is co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He also is the co-creator of the trudacot technology integration discussion protocol and the founder of both the annual Iowa 1:1 Institute and EdCampIowa, the nation’s largest EdCamp event.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Leadership