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Transforming School Climate and Learning: Beyond Bullying and Compliance
     

Transforming School Climate and Learning: Beyond Bullying and Compliance

by William (Bill) K. Preble, Rick M. Gordon
 

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Creating safe schools from the inside out

This book details a comprehensive process for empowering students and teachers as school improvement leaders and “experts.” Bill Preble and Rick Gordon explain how schools can use the Safe Measures™ collaborative action research process to:

  • Collect and analyze school climate data

Overview

Creating safe schools from the inside out

This book details a comprehensive process for empowering students and teachers as school improvement leaders and “experts.” Bill Preble and Rick Gordon explain how schools can use the Safe Measures™ collaborative action research process to:

  • Collect and analyze school climate data
  • Develop improvement goals
  • Create exciting and inspiring action plans to dramatically improve their school’s climate and student engagement

Each chapter features success stories from real schools, strategies and implementation activities, and book study questions that help all stakeholders transform both their school climate and student learning.

Editorial Reviews

Michael Morgan
"I haven’t the slightest hesitation in recommending support for any venture with which Bill Preble is associated. He is a man who challenges conventional wisdom and long may he remain so. Read the book. You will discover what transforming school climate and learning really means and how essential it is to support Bill’s vision.”

Cathy A. Patterson
"The authors clearly illustrate their premises, provide detailed descriptions of their reform procedures, and heroically tackle many facets which are often unaddressed in the educational literature."
Tom Julius
"Preble and Gordon get it that schools are ecological habitats. They recognize students, and everyone in the school environment, as essential to maintaining the school as a dynamic and healthy system. This book -and the student-led, collaborative action research it describes -is an essential waypoint to making any school a humane, effective and sustainable habitat for its students, teachers, and staff."
Lyne Ssebikindu
"This is a practical book, it is a resource that teachers and administrators will want to use throughout their careers."
Gary L. Willhite
"The topic is very current and the need is great. This will become a great handbook for educators on how to transform school climate."
Martin J. Hudacs
"The book has a real value. Having gone through a very similar experience of focusing on school climate as a means of improving student learning, I found the points made here to be valid. The authors’ Five-Step process identifies key components. Using data to monitor the results, and committing to the long-haul to achieve the goals are two important pieces in this process. The authors demonstrate that well."
Janie L. Nusser
"Each chapter contains real-life scenarios; real student, parent, and educator voices; clearly detailed strategies; and pitfalls to avoid. The conclusions are simple, yet powerful. The book’s premise is backed by many years of research."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412992688
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
06/13/2011
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
852,183
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.10(d)

Meet the Author

Bill earned an Ed D from the University of Maine in Curriculum & Instruction and Youth Political Socialization and his MEd in Social Studies Education from the University of Washington. Bill is a Professor of Education at New England College in Henniker, NH where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Educational Psychology, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, and School Climate Research, Leadership, and Facilitation.

He created Main Street Academix in 2001 and founded The Center for School Climate and Learning in 2010. These centers provide school climate research and evaluation services and professional development on school climate leadership to schools and state departments of education throughout the country. Bill and his colleagues offer schools on-site school climate improvement services and support for implementation of the Safe Measures™ Process: which offers a systemic, data-driven approach to preventing bullying and improving school climate and learning.

Bill has made hundreds of presentations on his research and school climate work at schools and professional conferences. He is the co-author of two books, Beyond Bullying…Beyond Compliance: Transforming School Climate and Learning (2011) Corwin Press, and the Respectful School: How Educators and Students Can Conquer Hate and Harassment, with Stephen Wessler (ASCD, 2003) and several articles on school climate leadership and bullying prevention.

Rick Gordon has a Ph D. in Social and Multicultural Foundations of Education from the University of Colorado-Boulder, a MEd. from University of Minnesota in Political Science with a Focus on Organizational Theory and Public Policy and graduated from Stanford University with honors in Political Science. He was Founding Director of Compass School, a grade 7-12 school that has scored highest on a national survey on Respect, Safety, and School Climate. Rick co-directed The Critical Skills-Education by Design Program at Antioch New England Graduate School, where he also was on the Education Department faculty, and has worked extensively with schools and higher education on Service Learning (including editing the well received Problem Based Service Learning Fieldguide:Making a Difference in Higher Education). Rick has been a Humanities teacher, run several small businesses, and had the honor of visiting thousands of classrooms as an educational ethnographer and consultant over the years. He continues to be involved in teacher development and teaches courses in School Leadership in various locales. Rick has long experience in Experiential Education with Outward Bound and Interlocken, and has traveled extensively around the globe leading programs for youth. Rick played college soccer, and continues his commitment to learning through sports as a coach of youth soccer and nordic skiing.

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