Learning from Practice:A Professional Development Text for Legal Externs / Edition 2

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Overview

In this insightful look at school reform, Robert Evans examines the real-life hurdles to implementing innovation and explains how the best-intended efforts can be stalled by educators who too often feel burdened and conflicted by the change process. He provides a new model of leadership along with practical management strategies for building a framework of cooperation between leaders of change and the people they depend upon to implement it. "A unique, superb, and penetrating analysis of the human side of educational change. Evans knows the human realities of change and portrays them vividly in both individual and organizational terms. His discussion of hope and realism in the final chapter is a gem."—Michael Fullan, dean, Faculty of Education, University of Toronto "Evans certainly understands what gets in the way of real school change and what the simple, key elements are that can make it happen. No board member, superintendent, or school principal should make one more decision or host one more meeting without reading this book."—Judy Cunningham, principal, South Lake Middle School, Irvine, Calif."Evans has written a realistic yet hopeful book that sets a new standard for providing the leadership needed to implement school improvements. An engaging and much-needed update of the critical, but often overlooked, human side of change."—Thomas J. Sergiovanni, Lillian Radford Professor of Education and senior fellow, Center for Educational Leadership, Trinity University "School leaders will find this book realistic about the difficulties of change, rich in practical advice about school improvement, and useful in showing how to transcend the limits of their own experience to practice effective leadership."—Thomas W. Payzant, superintendent, Boston Public Schools The AuthorRobert Evans is a clinical and organizational psychologist and director of the Human Relations Service in Wellesley, Mass. A former high school and preschool teacher, he has consulted to hundreds of schools and districts throughout America and around the world and has worked extensively with teachers, administrators, school boards, and state education officials.

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Provides practical advice on problem-solving, communication, and staff motivation, arguing for more realistic expectations about the pace of reform and the performance of leaders, and pinpointing the key sources of resistance to school reform while suggesting a new model of leadership that builds cooperation. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780314152848
  • Publisher: West Academic Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Series: American Casebook Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 494
  • Sales rank: 394,488
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT EVANS is a clinical and organizational psychologist and director of the Human Relations Service in Wellesley, Mass. A former high school and preschool teacher, he has consulted to hundreds of schools and districts throughout America and around the world and has worked extensively with teachers, administrators, school boards, and state education officials.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Author
1 Changing Paradigms 3
2 The Meanings of Change 21
3 The Culture of Resistance 40
4 Implementation: Tasks of Transition 55
5 Substance: New Agendas, Old Problems 74
6 Staff: Understanding Reluctant Faculty 91
7 Setting: Assessing Organizational Capacity 119
8 Leadership: Old Paradoxes, New Promise 145
9 The Authentic Leader 183
10 Clarity and Focus: The Power of Concentration 206
11 Participation - Without Paralysis 229
12 Recognition: Reversing the Golden Rule 254
13 Confrontation: Avoiding Avoidance 272
14 Reach and Realism, Experience and Hope 289
References 301
Index 311
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