Moving Upward Together: Creating Strategic Alignment to Sustain Systemic School Improvement

Moving Upward Together: Creating Strategic Alignment to Sustain Systemic School Improvement

by Francis M. Duffy
     
 

ISBN-10: 1578860989

ISBN-13: 9781578860982

Pub. Date: 04/02/2004

Publisher: R&L Education

If school districts want to maintain a high level of performance and sustain improvements that have been achieved during this period of large-scale, whole-district transformation, district leaders need to align their district, both vertically and horizontally. Alignment assures that the work of individuals supports their team goals, the work of teams supports their

Overview

If school districts want to maintain a high level of performance and sustain improvements that have been achieved during this period of large-scale, whole-district transformation, district leaders need to align their district, both vertically and horizontally. Alignment assures that the work of individuals supports their team goals, the work of teams supports their school's goals, the work of schools supports their clusters, and the work of clusters supports the district's grand vision and strategic direction. This groudbreaking work presents qualitative information about the nature of strategic alignment in school systems and how to create and sustain it. Duffy combines this knowledge with information about how school districts function as systems, about the requirements of strategic planning, and presents a structured, experience-based methodology for transforming school systems. Any and all change-leaders in school districts will benefit from the information Duffy presents. Additionally, school board members and policymakers should be interested. Graduate students taking courses on systemic change in school districts ought to find the book helpful. The book is particularly useful for those change-leaders and policymakers who either want to transform their districts to meet the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence or to satisfy the requirements of No Child Left Behind.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578860982
Publisher:
R&L Education
Publication date:
04/02/2004
Series:
Leading Systemic School Improvement Series, #1
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.74(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 Foreword Part 2 Preface Part 3 Acknowledgments Part 4 Part I: First Things First: Foundational Knowledge for Transforming School Systems Chapter 5 1 Prologue on Policy-Making: Understanding the Legacy of School-Based Reform and the Promise of Districtwide Transformation Chapter 6 2 Systems Thinking, System Dynamics, and Systemic Change Chapter 7 3 Strategic Thinking and Strategic Planning Chapter 8 4 Strategic Change Leadership to Transform School Systems Chapter 9 5 The Power of Mental Models Part 10 Part II: The Future in the Present Tense How to Transform an Entire School System Chapter 11 6 Step-Up-To-Excellence: An Eagle's View of the Methodology Chapter 12 7 Step-Up-To-Excellence: The Pre-Launch Preparation Phase Chapter 13 8 Step-Up-To-Excellence, Step 1: Redesign the Entire District Chapter 14 9 Transition Management Part 15 Part III: Create and Sustain Strategic Alignment Chapter 16 10 Step-Up-To-Excellence, Steps 2 to 4: Create Strategic Alignment Chapter 17 11 New Brooms Sweep Clean: Sustaining Change When There's a Revolving Door in the Superintendent's Office Chapter 18 12 Step-Up-To-Excellence, Step 5: Evaluate Whole-System Performance Part 19 Epilogue Part 20 Index Part 21 About the Author

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