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Schools That Deliver

Schools That Deliver

Australia/UK Edition

Foreword by Arthur L. Costa

July 2016 | 272 pages | Corwin

Deliver real change and real results for your school

This book focuses directly on what promotes delivery. It provides the practical tools and implementation guide for re-invigorating your school. Set against a solid blend of international research and international best practice, the narrative is carried by voices from schools across six countries that are currently delivering. They tell it how it is, in lived reality. Every process in the book has been tested and refined under the heat of practice, addressing the current realities in education. 

The book provides a carefully selected repertoire of skills, models, and processes that:

  • Deliver results for children, teachers, school leaders, families, and their communities
  • Build trust through ensuring every voice is heard and respected
  • Develop a strong culture of leadership and alignment, while recognising and embracing the complexities of school change
  • Address the frustrations currently felt by teachers in a positive, productive way

Schools That Deliver fills the gap between intention and delivery. The book respects your voice, and your ability to create your own ways of delivering while remaining loyal to the unique personality of your school. 

When members of a school community deliver together what really matters for their children, they feel the true joy of education, that splendid feeling of professional satisfaction and achievement that we all deserve.

Foreword by Arthur L. Costa
About the Authors
Our Learning Journey  
Our Wording  
Chapter 1. The Hidden Power of Alignment
All of Us Have a Stake in This  
The Core of Change  
That May Work for Individuals, But How About Teams?  
Alignment in Schools and in Life  
Explanatory Power: Two Models  
Collaboration and Challenge  
Alignment Versus Agreement  
When Voices Are Heard That Are Usually Stilled  
Introduction to Shared Visioning  
Shared Vision Creation Process  
A Year of 'Preparation for Action'  
Designing the Long-Term School Development Plan  
Identification of Core Values  
Our Shared Vision as an Alignment Tool  
Chapter 2. The Real Work
Fresh Eyes  
What Is Our 'Return on Investment' in Schools?  
The Basis for the Curriculum  
Our Life Lessons About the Real Work of Schools  
So, What Do You Think Is Your Real Work?  
Who Knows the Real Work? Social Constructivism  
Staying Honest to the Real Work: Evidence-Based Decision Making  
Chapter 3. Leadership
Leadership as Disposition or Position?  
Leading Versus Managing  
The Eight Leadership Challenges  
The Joy of Leadership  
Chapter 4. Authentic Action
Action Is What Matters  
The Knowledge Base for Action  
Openness to Learning and Confidence to Learn  
Credibility and Credibility Killers  
The High-Leverage Drivers of Authentic Action  
What Does Whole School Accountability Look Like?  
Chapter 5. Core Values and Culture
Does Your School Live by Your Core Values?  
A Culture of Ownership  
A Culture of Inclusion  
A Culture of Caring  
A Culture of Trust  
A Culture of Questioning  
A Culture of Coaching  
A Strong Adult Professional Culture  
A Culture of Innovation  
A Culture of Symbols  
A Culture of Story  
A Culture of Celebrating  
Learning Journeys  
Chapter 6. Schools Are Part of the Community
Balancing Life’s Complexities  
Working Together  
Family: The Parent/Caregiver as Learner  
Parents as Partners in Their Child’s Learning  
Thunderbolts Will Challenge Us All  
Relationships With the Media  
Mutually Productive Activities With the Wider Community  
Appendix 1. Consensus Building: Inquiry Probe Tools  
Appendix 2. Sample Shared Visions and Research (Preparation for Action) Themes  
Appendix 3. The Long-Term School Development Plan  
Appendix 4. Sample Personal Visions  

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1 - The Hidden Power of Alignment

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ISBN: 9781506352442