Beyond school improvement : the journey to innovative leadership
- Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Corwin, c2010.
- Physical description
- xx, 223 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
LB2805 .B49 2010
- Unknown LB2805 .B49 2010
- Davidovich, Robert.
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 207-210) and index.
- Foreword by Rick Stiggins Preface Acknowledgments About the Authors Part I. Leading Beyond Improvement 1. Schools in a Changing World In This Chapter The Need for Improvement Are Our Schools Broken? Trends in the External Environment Two Trends: Getting Better and Becoming Different Summary Team Conversation Starters Self-Assessment: Schools in a Changing World 2. Improvement Is Not Enough In This Chapter Awakening to the Difference Between Improvement and Innovation Improvement Is Not Enough Lorie's Story Schools Working Toward Innovation Vignette 1: Michelle's Story Vignette 2: A Midwestern School District Vignette 3: The Story of SBK High School Summary Team Conversation Starters Self-Assessment: Improvement is not Enough 3. Attributes of Innovation In This Chapter Starting the Journey to Improvement and Innovation Randy's Story: Looking Beyond Current Practice Key Attributes for Innovation Unwelcome in Command and Control Envisioning Leading Adaptive Systems Self-Organizing Systems Starting the Journey Summary Team Conversation Starters Self-Assessment: Attributes of Innovation 4. Develop the Courage to Leap In This Chapter Innovation Life Cycles The Hero's Journey Developing the Courage to Innovate Summary Team Conversation Starters Self-Assessment: Develop the Courage to Leap 5. Hold Courageous Conversations In This Chapter Personal Orientation to Change Sue's Story John's Story The Power of Paradoxes Summary Team Conversation Starters Self-Assessment: Hold Courageous Conversations Part II. Essential Leadership Practices 6. Embrace Dissonance In This Chapter Dissonance in the Natural World Essential Leadership Practice - Embrace Dissonance What Embracing Dissonance Looks Like in Practice Action Tips - Embrace Dissonance Paradoxical Leaders Summary Team Conversation Starters Self-Assessment: Embrace Dissonance 7. Create Context In This Chapter The Importance of Identity Essential Leadership Practice - Create Context What Creating Context Looks Like in Practice Action Tips - Create Context Paradoxical Leaders Summary Team Conversation Starters Self-Assessment: Create Context 8. Change Your Field of Perception In This Chapter The Importance of Information Essential Leadership Practice - Change Your Field of Perception What Changing Your Field of Perception Looks Like in Practice Action Tips - Change Your Field of Perception Paradoxical Leaders Summary Team Conversation Starters Self-Assessment: Change Your Field of Perception 9. Let Ideas Collide In This Chapter The Importance of Order Essential Leadership Practice - Let Ideas Collide What Letting Ideas Collide Looks Like in Practice Action Tips - Let Ideas Collide Paradoxical Leaders Summary Team Conversation Starters Self-Assessment: Let Ideas Collide 10. Innovate the Way You Lead In This Chapter The Journey Starts With Unlearning The Inner Journey Action Plan for Innovating the Way You Lead Summary Resource A: Glossary Resource B: Essential Leadership Actions Resource C: Continuum of Leadership Behavior References Index.
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- Publisher's Summary
- 'The authors are grounded educational leaders who have lived the approach to improvement and innovation that they write about. Filled with anecdotal examples, reflection exercises, and practical strategies, this is a very useful and timely resource for educators seeking to understand and influence educational innovation and transformation in the 21st century' - Michael H. Dickmann, Professor Cardinal Stritch University. 'The authors contrast improvement of existing practices with a more rigorous and creative push for innovation that introduces new and different practices and structures. In many situations, district and school improvement plans have evolved into the technical work of interpreting data about the past and present, studying research, and creating documents. This book stimulates leaders as they stretch their organization's culture to reveal mental models, consider external trends, and seek creative and energizing strategies that will prepare students for a future we cannot yet define' - Edie Holcomb, Consultant, Marzano Research Laboratory. Preparing students to be successful in an unpredictable world requires school leaders who can nurture a culture of both improvement and innovation. "Beyond School Improvement: The Journey to Innovative Leadership" assists leaders in understanding when and how to improve and when and how to innovate. The book helps leaders connect with the new science on change and provides skills, practices, and tools for creating and leading educational systems that will help to prepare students for the world that will be theirs. Based on complexity theory, new science, systems thinking, change, and innovation, the book presents a look at trends that encourage readers to look beyond the comfort zone of accepted practice and consider the merits of improvement and innovation. The authors discuss four change elements - dissonance, identity, information, and order - and define five essential practices for leaders: hold courageous conversations; embrace dissonance; change the field of vision; be a gardener and a mechanic; and, reframe, reflect, relate stories, quotes, reflections, and a call to action help to support leaders as they seek balance within themselves, their classrooms, and their organizations.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Publication date
- Robert Davidovich ... [et al.] ; foreword by Rick Stiggins.