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Asking the Right Questions: Tools for Collaboration and School Change / Edition 3

Asking the Right Questions: Tools for Collaboration and School Change / Edition 3

by Edie L. Holcomb
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Use these practical tips and real-world examples to facilitate meaningful school change!

This updated edition of the bestseller focuses on collaboration at the district, school, and classroom level. Chapters highlight the questions that educators need to address when implementing school change initiatives. The author builds on a highly successful framework with new questions to help shape practice and more thoroughly examine improvement plans. Additional enhancements include:

  • Innovative strategies to facilitate teamwork and change
  • Additional examples of change scenarios from the field
  • Review questions and chapter summaries that highlight key points
  • A CD-ROM featuring a discussion guide for individual and group study

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781412962759
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 07/02/2008
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 475,594
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Edie L. Holcomb is executive director of curriculum and instructional services for Kenosha Unified School District No. 1 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. She has experienced the challenges of improving student achievement from many perspectives:

  • From classroom teacher to university professor
  • From gifted education coordinator to mainstream teacher of children with multiple disabilities
  • From school- and district-level administration to national and international consulting
  • From small rural districts to the challenges of urban education

She is highly regarded for her ability to link research and practice on issues related to instructional leadership and school and district change—including standards-based curriculum, instruction, assessment, supervision, and accountability. She has taught at all grade levels, served as a building principal and central office administrator, and assisted districts as an external facilitator for accreditation and implementation of school reform designs. As associate director of the National Center for Effective Schools, she developed a training program for site-based teams and provided technical support for implementation of school improvement efforts throughout the United States and in Canada, Guam, St. Lucia, and Hong Kong. She developed a comprehensive standards-based learning system for the staff and 47,000 students of the Seattle, Washington, city district and has supervised K–12 clusters of schools and evaluated principals.

Her work received the Excellence in Staff Development Award from the Iowa Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development in 1988. In 1990, her study of the needs of beginning principals was recognized by the American Association of School Administrators with the Paul F. Salmon Award for Outstanding Education Leadership Research.

She served as an elected member-at-large on the Leadership Council for ASCD International, played an active role in Washington State’s School Improvement Assistance Program, and contributed to development of the new School System Improvement Resource Guide. Holcomb is the author of four previous books and numerous articles and reviews.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of CD-ROM Contents
Foreword to the Third Edition by Shirley M. Hord
Preface to the Third Edition
About the Author
1. Asking the Right Questions
Refinement of the Five Critical Questions
The Five Questions as a Road Map
The Wrong Questions
Professional Learning Communities
The Five Questions and Three Models of Change
Tools for Inquiry and Collaboration
Using This Book
Answer Key
2. Answering the "Where Are We Now?" Question
Student Performance
Shareholder Perceptions
Organizational Culture and Context
Answer Key
3. Answering the "Where Do We Want to Go?" Question
Affirming the Mission
Identifying and Prioritizing Concerns
Articulating Goals
Visualizing the Culture of Collaboration
Answer Key
4. Answering the "How Will We Get There?" Question
Dig Into the Data
Study Relevant Research
Explore Best Practices
Consider Local Factors
Analyze Current Practice
Partner With Your District
Select Strategies
Double-Check: Goal or Strategy?
Plan the Journey
Is Our Plan Powerful?
Answer Key
5. Answering the "How Will We Know We Are (Getting) There?" Question
Are We Working Our Plan? Evidence of Implementation
Is Our Plan Working? Evidence of Impact
The Plan and the Proof
Answer Key
6. Answering the "How Will We Sustain the Focus and Momentum?" Question
Understand and Respond to Reactions
Continue Training and Coaching
Cope With Conflict
Strengthen the Culture of Inquiry
Support Leaders and Followers
Shift From Technical to Adaptive
Reaffirm Organizational Values and Commitments
Maintain Organizational Health
Answer Key
7. Powerful Questions That Shape Practice
Entry Questions
Data-Boosting Questions
Walking-Around Questions
Instructional Questions
Student-Work Analysis Questions
Letting-Go Questions
Hiring Questions
Time Management Questions
Involvement Questions
The Commitment Question
Answer Key
References and Further Reading

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