Getting serious about the system : a fieldbook for district and school leaders
- Cowan, D'Ette.
- Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Corwin Press, c2012.
- Physical description
- xiv, 145 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
LB2822.82 .C68 2012
- Unknown LB2822.82 .C68 2012
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 139-140) and index.
- Preface Acknowledgments About the Authors Introduction to Systemic Improvement Systems Thinking Systems Thinking in Education Working Systemically: A Process Grounded in Research Testing and Refining the Working Systemically Approach The Working Systemically Approach: Levels, Components, and Competencies What It Takes Summary References 1. The "Works" of Working Systemically Levels of the System Components of the System Competencies for Working Systemically The Working Systemically Approach in Action 2. Phase I: Understanding Systemic Improvement Step 1. Study the Approach Step 2. Collect and Analyze Preliminary Data Step 3. Present the Approach at the School Level Step 4. Commit to Systemic Improvement 3. Phase II: Analyzing the System Step 1. Form the District and School Leadership Teams Step 2. Begin the Comprehensive Needs Assessment Step 3. Conduct a Gap Analysis Step 4. Begin the Process at the School Level Step 5. Formulate Problem Statements Step 6. Describe the Ideal State Step 7. Review System Initiatives Step 8. Continue the Process at the School Level 4. Phase III: Planning Action Step 1. Investigate Research-Based Practices Step 2. Explore the Professional Teaching and Learning Cycle (PTLC) Step 3. Review Progress Made to Date and Existing Plan Step 4. Develop a District Improvement Plan Step 5. Formalize and Communicate the District Improvement Plan Step 6. Develop School Improvement Plans 5. Phase IV: Taking Action & Monitoring Progress Step 1. Implement and Monitor the Improvement Plans Step 2. Provide Continuing Leadership for the Improvement Work Step 3. Address Unique Challenges as They Arise 6. Phase V: Assessing & Reflecting on Outcomes Step 1. Analyze and Reflect on Evidence of Implementation and Impact Step 2. Decide on a Focus for Continuing the Improvement Work Step 3. Recognize Work, Progress, and Accomplishments Bibliography Matrix Index.
- (source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Publisher's Summary
- For many districts, the improvement process can seem like trying to nail Jello to the wall. This fieldbook shows how to avoid a haphazard approach by focusing on all aspects of the system and specific issues that have most impact upon student achievement. This multidimensional process also entails increasing the competencies of everyone involved and implementing solutions districtwide. The authors outline a proven framework and offer step-by-step guidance for addressing the essential components and competencies of the local educational system. Key strategies include: Concentrating on aligning curriculum, instruction, and assessment to state and Common Core State Standards Working on the underlying issues and people that impact the system Gathering support from all staff members to maximize time, resources, and energy.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Publication date
- D'Ette Cowan, Stacey Joyner, Shirley Beckwith.
- 9781452205113 (pbk. : alk. paper)
- 1452205116 (pbk. : alk. paper)