Educators, you are the hope you’ve been looking for.Have you ever wondered what it would look like for you and your colleagues to really change how things are done in your school? For over twenty-five years, Partners in School Innovation has empowered educators in doing just that, across twenty-two school districts and eight states, dramatically improving underperforming schools in the process. Their secrets? Specialized adult learning tools, a results-oriented cycle of inquiry, professional development systems focused on coaching and collaboration, implementing improvement science, understanding the roles of race, class, culture, and power in schools, and more.
This book presents those time-tested, research-based practices through narratives chronicling the efforts of real-life educators. It presents thoughtful checklists and discussion questions to help educators strengthen the skill sets and mindsets needed to implement sustainable school improvement.
A lot has changed in recent years, but the solution to turning schools into lively, loving, learning communities remains the same: you. This book provides a blueprint for you to become the change agent your students need.
Introduction by Derek Mitchell
Chapter 1: Are You a Change Agent?
Chapter 2: Assembling Your Crew
Chapter 3: Finding Bright Spots & Building Momentum
Chapter 4: Focus, Follow Through, See: The Art & Science of Implementation
Chapter 5: Who Said Change Was Gonna Be Easy?
Chapter 6: Culture Eats Strategy For Lunch
Chapter 7: School Transformation Requires Personal Transformation
Chapter 8: Leading With Love
Chapter 9: Hi, I’m From the Central Office. And I’m Here to Help.
Chapter 10: The Practice of Freedom
Chapter 11: Thriving Schools, Thriving Communities