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William Spady and Charles Schwahn have expanded the concepts in Total Leaders (1998) to provide the insights and strategies of Total Leaders 2.0 and Learning Communities 2.0.
Learning Communities 2.0 is an insightful, incisive, and paradigm-shifting critique of today's coercive, "inside-the-box" Industrial Age testing and accountability movement, which authors Spady and Schwahn describe as a politically driven, backward-facing juggernaut-masquerading as reform. They call the compelling intellectual, functional, and moral alternative described in this book Empowering Learning Communities (ELCs). Drawing on mountains of insightful research and innovative practices from their vast experience and international consulting work in education, they clearly, systematically, and compellingly describe the distinguishing and defining components of ELCs: why ELCs are desperately needed in today's Age of Empowerment; how ELCs differ from "educentric" schools: how ELCs function; the life-performance outcomes that shape ELCs' instructional priorities; and the strategies, frameworks, and transformational technologies that local communities can use to design and implement the key elements of ELCs in a number of creative ways. Empowering Learning Communities are education's inevitable future.
Chapter 1 Transformational Change: From Educentrism to Empowering Learning Communities 1
Chapter 2 Establishing a Collegial Culture of Professionalism 23
Chapter 3 Creating a Transformational Philosophy and Rationale 45
Chapter 4 Deriving Life-Performance Learner Outcomes 69
Chapter 5 Implementing an Empowering Learning System: Paradigm Change in Action 91
Chapter 6 Using Mass Customized Learning to Restructure for Success 111
Chapter 7 Building an Aligned Support Structure 139
Epilogue: Learning in the Age of Empowerment 159
Supporting Resources 165
About the Authors 169