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Navigating Comprehensive School Change

1st Edition

By Robert Everhart, Thomas Chenoweth

Routledge

286 pages

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Description

This book, an accessible resource for busy practitioners, is a unique hybrid of two genres. As a "tourist guide", it shows you:

- how to prepare for the journey

- what to pay attention to upon arrival

- how to deal with the unexpected.

As a "consumer report", it helps you:

- identify some of the best tools and sources about change

- access useful information about the change process

- find information about the strengths and challenges of various strategies.

Thorough and comprehensive, it offers essential information about how to:

- form leadership teams

- identify high stakes problems

- build commitment

- create a school-wide vision and establish school-wide goals

- handle setbacks

- maintain the vision and sustain change.

- evaluate and assess comprehensive school change.

Also included is a section called "Ports of Call" which provides sources of information to help you implement comprehensive school reform at your site.

From Michael Fullan's Foreword . . ."Chenoweth and Everhart take the big concepts of change and work them through operationally at the level of day-to-day practice. We learn how to form leadership teams, the importance of focusing on capacity-building and reculturing, how to build commitment while dealing with dissatisfaction, problem-solving during implementation, how to keep going, and how to go beyond standardized testing in developing a range of alternative assessment strategies.

Table of Contents

1. HOW ABOUT A SHORT COURSE ON NAVIGATION? ASSUMPTIONS AND KEY LESSONS ABOUT CHANGE

• Focus on Student Learning

• Comprehensive Change

• School Leadership

• Democratic Environment

• Key Factors in the Change Process

2. LAUNCHING THE SHIP: HOW DO WE PREPARE THIS THING TO FLOAT?

• Forming Your Leadership Team

• Buy-In Period: Deciding to Initiate Comprehensive School Change

• Capacity Building: Managing the Content (the What) of School Change

• Capacity Building: Managing the Process (the How) of Change

3. IS EVERYBODY ON BOARD? BUILDING COMMITMENT

• Building Dissatisfaction

• Creating a School-Wide Vision

• Focus on Teaching and Learning

• Introducing an Enrichment Model of Teaching and Learning and Building on Strengths

4. DID YOU SAY TO TURN PORT OR STARBOARD? IMPLEMENTATION

• Follow a Systematic Approach for Problem Solving

• Develop Strategies to "Jump-Start" Implementation (Early Stage)

• Reculture by Aligning Practices with Beliefs (Mid Stage)

• Monitor Progress and Maintain Momentum (Mature Stage)

5. WAS THIS ROCK ON THE CHART? SUSTAINING CHANGE

• Slipping Backward to the Way Things Were

• Preparing for Project Fade-Out and Staff/Community Turnover

• Refocus on Student Learning

• Creating a Learning Organization for Continuous Improvement

6. HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOU'VE ARRIVED? EVALUATION AND ASSESSMENT

• Understanding the Context of Standards and their Role in Classroom Practice

• Valuing the Role of Assessment and the School's Ability to Shape It

• Evaluate the Progress of the Design Model and Assess its Impact on Student Learning

• De-emphasize Standardized Testing Through the Use of Alternative Strategies and Principles of Assessment

7. CONCLUSIONS-AND (NEW) BEGINNINGS

• Rethink the Way We Think About Schooling

• Utilize a Design Model to Guide the Change Process

• Build a Culture of Change that Celebrates Organizational Learning

• Remember the "Keys" to the Future of Change in Your School

PORTS OF CALL IN YOUR FUTURE NAVIGATIONS: RESOURCES FOR CHANGE

• Organizations

• Educational Laboratories and Research Centers

• Comprehensive School Reform Models

• Content- or Subject-Based Reforms and Associations

• Printed Resources

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General