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Schools That Deliver

Foreword by Arthur L. Costa



© 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 that are currently delivering across six countries. 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 recognizing 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 a school community delivers 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
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
Voices
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  
Summary  
 
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  
Summary  
 
Chapter 3. Leadership
Leadership as Disposition or Position?  
Leading Versus Managing  
The Eight Leadership Challenges  
The Joy of Leadership  
Summary  
 
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?  
Summary  
 
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  
Summary  
 
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  
Summary  
 
Appendices
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  
 
References
 
Index

“As John Edwards and Bill Martin show, education for a future with a future will embody nature’s principles of diversity and coherence—underpinned by a deep conviction in the innate wisdom of children, and the belief that cultivating the compassion and larger intelligence that are our birthrights will produce future generations capable of writing a new chapter in the human story.”

Peter Senge, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Author of The Fifth Discipline

Schools That Deliver is a master class on effective leadership and school renewal. These authors know how to change a vision from a dream into a plan that works. This is not theory: John and Bill have actually guided transformative change in multiple settings. We have here a unique treasury of wisdom that spans the range from big-picture design to daily actions of leaders who build trust . . . a groundbreaking book.”

Jon Saphier, Research for Better Teaching
Author of The Skillfull Teacher

Schools That Deliver is an exceptional work to inspire, rejuvenate, and engage your school staff along a powerfully aligned trajectory toward success.  Reimagine your school through the lens of these transformative authors.”

Jill Gildea, Superintendent
Fremont School District 79, Mundelein, IL

"Schools That Deliver is long overdue in the midst of too much focus on testing and accountability. It has the potential to provide a practical guide coupled with the underlying philosophy to assist school leaders in making their schools engaging environments for all students and staff."

Richard A. Simon, Adjunct Professor
Stony Brook University and Long Island University Post

“A common thread that separates Schools That Deliver from others is the focus on remaining loyal to the unique personality of each individual school while providing specific tools and procedures to focus on.”

Delia McCraley, Principal
Southgate Academy

“John Edwards and Bill Martin write about the reality of authentic school issues using proven research and from their own experiences.”

Bonnie Tryon, Past President
School Administrators Association of New York (SAANYS)

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 1 - The Hidden Power of Alignment


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