Inventing Better Schools: An Action Plan for Educational Reform [NOOK Book]

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"Schlechty offers a clear and concise vision of systemic change to address the problems with education."?The School Administrator

In this powerful wake-up call to educators, Phillip Schlechty argues that schools must change or become obsolete?and that central to this change is a rethinking of old rules, roles, and relationships. Inventing Better Schools offers a plan of attack that is thoughtful, practical, and full of step-by-step advice. Schlechty shows both educators and parents how to envision reform and ...

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Inventing Better Schools: An Action Plan for Educational Reform

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Overview

"Schlechty offers a clear and concise vision of systemic change to address the problems with education."—The School Administrator

In this powerful wake-up call to educators, Phillip Schlechty argues that schools must change or become obsolete—and that central to this change is a rethinking of old rules, roles, and relationships. Inventing Better Schools offers a plan of attack that is thoughtful, practical, and full of step-by-step advice. Schlechty shows both educators and parents how to envision reform and design quality educational systems. He explains how the visioning process must be rooted in real shared beliefs, how mission statements must unpack visions into concrete goals that are connected to action, and how the results of reform can be usefully assessed. He points out that reinventing schools must be looked upon as a continual process—and provides leaders with the tools to negotiate their way through it.

Drawing on the author's vast experience in the day-to-day work of implementing school reform, Inventing Better Schools offers new approaches for setting standards and ensuring accountability—and includes samples of actual mission statements and strategic plans of successful schooldistricts.

Inventing Better Schools is a winner of the National Staff Development Counsel Book Award

"Schlechty marshals readers through the ideas-to-action labyrinth of improving schools. . . . A worthy successor to his earlier work."—The American School Board Journal

"A book filled with hope. . . . Not all reformers in the country will agree with Schlechty's solutions or even the problems, but they will be the richer for having read what he has to say on the subject."—Louisville Courier-Journal

"Schlechty adds a refreshing voice to the ongoing how-to-fix-our-schools debate. . . . Highly recommended."—Library Journal

The AuthorPhillip C. Schlechty is founder and CEO of the Center for Leadership in School Reform. The creator of some of the nation's most innovative professional development programs for educators, he has been the recipient of the American Federation of Teachers Quest Citation and the AmericanEducational Research Association's Professional Service Award. Schlechty is the author of Schools for the 21st Century and Shaking Up the School House.

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Library Journal
A well-known school reform advocate, Schlechty adds a refreshing voice to the ongoing how-to-fix-our-schools debate (e.g., E.D. Hirsch, The Schools We Need & Why We Don't Have Them, LJ 10/1/96). Drawing from strategic planning and quality management, he argues that truly reinventing schools requires a fundamental conceptual shift, replacing the focus on teacher and student test performances and behavior with a renewed focus on "knowledge work": intellectual challenge and daily creative engagement. Blocking this shift is our obsession with test scores, teacher performance, and policy nostrums such as charter schools and privatization; as an alternative, Schlechty suggests a "charter district system" that would assemble public schooling's major constituenciesparents, educators, business, community leadersand force them toward common goals. The basic plan of this lively book, including several process-oriented chapters, is founded on years of trial and error. Despite a disappointing bibliography, it is highly recommended for all academic education collections.Jessica George, Illinois State Univ., Normal
Booknews
Schlechty (president, Center for Leadership in School Reform) argues that schools must change or become obsolete, and offers a guide to the invention of better schools. Shows how the visioning process must be rooted in shared beliefs, how mission statements can turn visions into concrete goals connected to action, and how to assess the results of reform. Includes mission statements and strategic plans of two successful school districts. Of interest to parents, teachers, school administrators, and community members. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787959067
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 584 KB

Meet the Author

PHILLIP C. SCHLECHTY is founder and CEO of the Center for Leadership in School Reform. The creator of some of the nation's most innovative professional development programs for educators, he has been the recipient of the American Federation of Teachers Quest Citation and the American Educational Research Association's Professional Service Award. Schlechty is the author of Schools for the 21st Century and Shaking Up the School House.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
The Author
1 The Never-Ending Story 1
2 The Need for Invention 17
3 The Technological Imperative 26
4 Producing Knowledge Work 41
5 Beliefs, Vision, and Mission 60
6 Assessing District Capacity 77
7 Creating the Capacity to Support Change 100
8 Changing the System 134
9 Working on the Work 170
10 Measuring What Matters Most 186
11 Leading the Change Process 204
12 Inventing the Future: The Task Before Us 222
Appendixes Action Plans for School Restructuring
App. A Memphis City Schools, Memphis, Tennessee 239
App. B Phillipsburg School District, Phillipsburg, New Jersey: School District Profile Team Report 257
References 283
Index 287
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