This book shows school leaders how they can infuse their daily practice with an examination of the actions they take to improve their schools. It identifies eight steps that inform the school improvement process and boost student achievement.
These steps provide a framework for examining school improvement as part of a genuine process with meaning and value for all those involved.
Setting the Foundation
Having a Shared Vision
Understanding the Need for Inquiry
Valuing Improvement by Providing Time for Improvement
Building Interpersonal Trust
The Performance Dashboard
Developing Deeper Understanding
Techniques for Developing Understanding
Tool 3.1 Selecting Data Collection Techniques
Engaging in Self-Reflection
Seeing the Changing World More Clearly
Tool 4.1 Who Am I?
Exploring Programmatic Patterns
Asking the Right Questions Programmatic Patterns in the Achievement Gap
How do Biases Affect Inquiry?
Get Everybody on the Bus
How Priorities are Established
Tool 6.1 Developing Consensus Building Skills
Organizing the Work: Action Committees
Writing a Plan of Action
Strategies for Sustaining Improvement
The Challenge to Examine Ways to Improve Schools
Tool 8.1 CARE Model Planning Tool