Acknowledgements Preface 1. Places That Have Doubled Student Performance Rural Districts and Schools that have Doubled Perfo Rosalia, Washington Abbotsford, Wisconsin Doubling Student Performance at the Advanced Level: Monroe, Wisconsin Monroe school district improvement process Other Rural Examples Medium Sized Districts The Madison, Wisconsin Story Kennewick, Washington LaCrosse, Wisconsin Columbus School in Appleton, Wisconsin Doubling Performance in High Minority, High Poverty Schools 2. The Stimulus for Change and the Educational Change Process Pressure from Multiple Sources to Improve Student Achievement Pressure from State-Standards Based Reform Pressure from District Administrators Pressure from Within the School Pressure from the Federal Government The Large-Scale Organizational Change Process Laying the Foundation for Change Creating a New Educational Strategy Implementation, Monitoring and Continuous Improvement 3. Ten Steps to Double Student Performance Step 1: Understanding the Performance Problem and Challenge Step 2: Set Ambitious Goals Step 3: Change the Curriculum Program and Create a New Instructional Vision Step 4: Formative Assessments and Data-Based Decision-Making Step 5: Ongoing, Intensive Professional Development Step 6: Using Time Efficiently and Effectively Step 7: Extending Learning Time for Struggling Students Step 8: Collaborative, Professional Culture Step 9: Widespread and Distributed Instructional Leadership Step 10: Professional and Best Practices Summary and Conclusions 4. Reducing Class Size Resources at School Sites Reallocating Resources to Reduce Elementary Class Size School-Wide Strategies to Reduce Class Sizes A District wide Strategy to Reduce Class Size in Early Elementary Grades Summary 5. Finding Resources for Professional Development Resources Needed for an Effective Professional Development Program A Professional Development Fiscal and Program Audit Doubling Performance Districts Using Extant Professional Development Days Effectively Planning and Professional Development Time Summary 6. Funding Extra-Help Strategies Individual and Small-Group Tutoring for Struggling Students Extended Time for Struggling Students to Learn the Core Curriculum Summer School Program Focused on Core Instruction 7. Linking Resources Needed to Double Performance Finance Adequacy Approaches to School Finance Adequacy Evidence-Based Approach to School Finance Adequacy References Index.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
'In my work, I see the power of good schools to change young lives for the better almost every day. This book takes us behind the doors of unusually high-performing high-poverty schools to show us how they do it and where they get the funding. The book is a valuable tool for educators who want to improve their results and a reminder to parents and policy makers that we should never expect less' - Kati Haycock, President, The Education Trust. Radically reform your school and improve academic achievement using readily accessible resources! At a time when the United States is struggling with far-reaching educational reform, school leaders need a blueprint for dramatically improving student success and supporting those efforts by effectively reallocating and managing available resources. "Doubling Student Performance" combines the latest research with the authors' national study of diverse schools that were able to significantly boost student achievement. Strategies focus on reducing class size, promoting professional development, locating necessary funding, and providing academic support to struggling students. School leaders will find: examples and case studies that include high-minority and high-poverty schools; 10 key strategies for dramatically increasing student achievement, such as setting ambitious goals and emphasizing a collaborative culture; and, clear steps and specific tools to successfully reallocate resources. This book is a valuable tool for educators and policy makers who understand that reform is only possible when schools have the human and financial resources to do it. (source: Nielsen Book Data)