Creating Great Schools: Six Critical Systems at the Heart of Educational Innovation / Edition 1by Phillip C. Schlechty
Pub. Date: 02/11/2005
In Creating Great Schools, Phillip C. Schlechty—one of the nation’s best-known experts on leadership and change in schools—offers a hands-on primer that will help arm school leaders with the tools they need to buck the system from within. Creating Great Schools shows educational leaders how they can sustain continuous/i>/i>
In Creating Great Schools, Phillip C. Schlechty—one of the nation’s best-known experts on leadership and change in schools—offers a hands-on primer that will help arm school leaders with the tools they need to buck the system from within. Creating Great Schools shows educational leaders how they can sustain continuous innovation and improvement in order to create truly great schools. Schlechty outlines the six critical systems that define the norms and expressions of the school’s organizational culturerecruitment and induction, knowledge transmission, power and authority, evaluation, direction, and boundariesand shows what it takes to lead effective systemic change in order to sustain new values and direction. The book is filled with effective strategies and offers guidelines for introducing the “disruptive innovations” that are necessary to change the fundamental norms of an educational organization and truly revitalize a school. He offers suggestions for working through the thorny issues that arise from the efforts to introduce new norms and provides school leaders with valuable insights of the critical rules, roles, and relationships in schools.
Table of Contents
Part One: The Need for Change.
1. From Compliance to Engagement.
2. Understanding the Normative System.
3. Patterns of Commitment, Engagement, and Compliance.
Part Two: Six Critical Systems.
4. The Recruitment and Induction System.
5. The Knowledge Transmission System.
6. The Power and Authority System.
7. The Evaluation System.
8. The Directional System.
9. The Boundary System.
Part Three: New Norms, New Values, New Directions.
10. The Changing Context.
11. The Future of Public Education in America.
Appendix A: Creating Engaging Schoolwork.
Appendix B: Creating a Learning Community to Transform Schools.
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