Change Leadership: A Practical Guide to Transforming Our Schools / Edition 1

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The Change Leadership Group at the Harvard School of Education has, through its work with educators, developed a thoughtful approach to the transformation of schools in the face of increasing demands for accountability. This book brings the work of the Change Leadership Group to a broader audience, providing a framework to analyze the work of school change and exercises that guide educators through the development of their practice as agents of change. It exemplifies a new and powerful approach to leadership in schools.

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"Change Leadership is a truly wonderful and brilliant book.The ideas are powerful, deep, comprehensive, and grounded withtools to turn them into transformative action. A rare book thatcaptures both the awful difficulty of causing change and a way todo it."
—Michael Fullan, former dean, Ontario Institute for Studies inEducation, University of Toronto; author, Leading in a Cultureof Change

"The Change Leadership Group at the Harvard School of Educationhas, through its work with educators, developed a thoughtfulapproach to the transformation of schools in the face of increasingdemands for accountability. This book brings the work of the ChangeLeadership Group to a broader audience, providing a framework toanalyze of the work of school change and exercises that guideeducators through the development of their practice as agents ofchange. It exemplifies a new and powerful approach to leadership inschools."
—Richard F. Elmore, Gregory Anrig Professor of EducationalLeadership, Harvard Graduate School of Education

"Change Leadership uses believable examples and providescommon sense analysis of the challenges facing today’seducators. It is a well-written, straightforward guide with clearexplanations and practical solutions. I found it useful andentertaining."
—Thomas W. Payzant, superintendent, Boston Public Schools

"Caught between the imperative of preparing students for thenext half-century and the political mandate for short-termperformance improvement on standardized tests, many educators aredropping by the wayside but a few are stepping forward with newleadership skills and vision. Working with such leaders, TonyWagner, Robert Kegan, and their colleagues have created aninvaluable guidebook for those with the courage to have convictionwithout answers and the openness to learn together."
—Peter M. Senge, founding chairperson, SoL; senior lecturer at theMassachusetts Institute of Technology; author, The FifthDiscipline

"There seem to be more books on school reform than there areschools in the United States. This one stands out. The volume,which grows out of a five- year study of school reform across thecountry, uniquely integrates both the organizational and humanelements required for success."
—Arthur Levine, president, Teachers College, ColumbiaUniversity

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787977559
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/18/2005
  • Series: The Jossey-Bass Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 309,152
  • Product dimensions: 6.97 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents




About the Authors.

ONE: Introduction: Reframing the Problem.

A Knowledge Economy Requires New Skills for All Students.

Greater Supports for Learning in a Changing Society.

Reform or Reinvention? Technical Challenges Versus AdaptiveChallenges.

Organizational Beliefs and Behaviors.

Individual Beliefs and Behaviors.

Accepting the Challenge and the Risks:Moving Toward Communitiesof Practice via Collaborative Learning.

PART ONE: Improving Instruction.

TWO: Creating a Vision of Success.

Challenges to Improving Instruction.

Seven Disciplines for Strengthening Instruction.

Using the Seven Disciplines.

Launching an Instructional Improvement System: The CriticalFirst Conversations.

Developing a Shared Vision.

Defining a New Framework for Effective Instruction.

Linking the New 3 R’s of Instruction.

THREE: Committing Ourselves to the Challenge.

Identifying Your Commitment.

Spotting Your Obstacles Through Self-Reflection.


PART TWO: Why Is This So Hard?

FOUR: Generating Momentum for Change.

Obstacles to Improvement Versus Momentum for Improvement.

Generating the Momentum for Systemic Change.

Communities of Practice as a Strategy.

FIVE: Exploring Individual Immunities to Change.

Attending to Countering Behaviors.

A Deeper Look.

Finding the Competing Commitment.

Taking the Next Step.


PART THREE: Thinking Systemically.

SIX Relating the Parts to the Whole.

Arenas of Change.

Toward Transformation: Using the 4 C’s.

Another Use for the 4 C’s.

SEVEN: The Individual as a Complex System.

Hidden Commitments and Personal Immunities.

Big Assumptions and Immunities.


PART FOUR: Working Strategically.

EIGHT: The Ecology of Change.

Phases of Whole-System Change.

Change Levers: Data, Accountability, and Relationships.

Strategic Change in Action.

Putting the Pieces Together: The Ecology of EducationalTransformation.

Measuring Success and the Challenge of High-Stakes TestScores.

NINE: Overturning Your Immunities to Change.

Steps Toward Individual Change.

Considering Steps for the Most Powerful Learning.

Phases in Overturning Your Immunities.

Becoming Fully Released from Immunities to Change.


TEN: Conclusion: Bringing the Outward and Inward FocusTogether.

Hold High Expectations for All Our Students.

Involve Building and Central Office Administrators inInstruction.

Choose a Priority and Stay Relentlessly Focused on It.

Foster a Widespread Feeling of Urgency for Change.

Encourage a New Kind of Leader.

Develop a New Kind of Administrative Team.

Shining a Broader Light on Change.

Implications for the Change Leader: Toward Adaptive Work.

Concluding . . . or Commencing?


A. Team Exercises.

B. Recommended Reading.


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