Harness the Power of Reflection: Continuous School Improvement From the Front Office to the Classroom

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Elevate your team’s attitude from “whatever” to “whatever it takes”

Seasoned educator Ron Nash inspires all school staff members to embark on their own continuous improvement journeys and model that experience for their students. This book provides a framework for individual reflection and evaluation of schools’ processes as part of a professional development program. Included are strategies and examples from ...

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Overview

Elevate your team’s attitude from “whatever” to “whatever it takes”

Seasoned educator Ron Nash inspires all school staff members to embark on their own continuous improvement journeys and model that experience for their students. This book provides a framework for individual reflection and evaluation of schools’ processes as part of a professional development program. Included are strategies and examples from successful schools nationwide. The results speak for themselves:

  • Inspired and empowered staff members
  • Active classrooms with engaged students who enjoy school
  • A customer service-oriented culture where parents feel welcome and valued
  • A schoolwide commitment to sustaining improvement efforts

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Editorial Reviews

Kathleen Hwang
“We are knee-deep in the age of accountability and investigating ways to close the achievement gaps while still raising student achievement for all students. As teacher leaders and school administrators, we need to constantly explore and analyze procedures that will lead to continuous improvement in our learning environment. This book outlines some common pitfalls and gives practical advice as well as real life examples of how our colleagues have made dynamic changes.”
Jill Broaddus
"Anyone in the education field would benefit from reading this book. I found every chapter of this book beneficial to my job and school.Ron Nash expertly weaves in case studies with the point of each chapter. He has inspired me to continue to work towards improvement in my school. "
Lori Bird
"Ron Nash references many excellent and highly regarded researchers and his own experience abolishing committees and instituting project teams. I was energized by this book; it was truly a reminder of what I believe as a person, educator, and professional. This book is not only great for aspiring principals or superintendents, but also for anyone who is involved in organizational development."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412992671
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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Ron Nash is the author of the Corwin bestseller The Active Classroom (2008), along with The Active Teacher (2009), and The Active Mentor (2010). Nash’s professional career in education has included teaching social studies at the middle and high school levels. He also served as an instructional coordinator and organizational development specialist for the Virginia Beach City Public Schools for 13 years. In that capacity, Nash conducted workshops and seminars for thousands of teachers, administrators, substitute teachers, and teacher assistants. In 2007, he founded Ron Nash and Associates, Inc., a company dedicated to helping teachers shift students from passive observers to active participants.

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“I was blown away at the conference and can't wait for the new school year to start so I can try all of the new ideas I received!”
—Audra Bounds, Teacher
Frederick County, VA

“This was the best workshop I have EVER attended!”
—Dawn Carter, Teacher
Augusta County, VA

"After teaching for 16 years, I was looking for inspiration and I found it. I'm excited to incorporate the innovative strategies Ron shared with me. The best part is the strategies are completely practical and doable. "
—Joanne Jimney, Teacher
Chesapeake, VA

“Your three-hour presentation was fabulous! When teachers give a standing ovation, this is the kind of program that will impact their daily teaching repertoire. Yours is an in-service that impacts how teachers engage students.”
—Patsy Slaughter, Elementary Principal
Virginia Beach

"This day reminded me why I became and love being a teacher. "
—Juli Weatherby, Teacher
Chesapeake, VA

“Attending Ron Nash’s workshop changed my whole style of teaching. The tools I gained have rekindled my love for teaching and my students’ love of learning.”
—Amber O’Malley, Second-Grade Teacher
Austin, TX

“As one of my colleagues stated about your professional development offering to us, “Now THAT’S what I’m talking about!”
— Linda Emerick, High School English Teacher
Wilmington, DE

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Prologue
1. Going Viral With Improvement
2. Change and the Status Quo
3. School Environment as Accelerant
4. Classroom Environment as Accelerant
5. Systematizing Process Improvement in the Classroom
6. Facilitating the Long Haul
7. Not Waiting for the "Go! "
8. Asking Questions and Getting Started
Epilogue
Appendix A. Processes Into Systems: Building Level
Appendix B. Building-Level Improvement Example
Appendix C. Processes into Systems: Classroom Level
Appendix D. Classroom-Level Improvement Examples
References
Index

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