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Asking the Right Questions: Tools and Techniques for Teamwork / Edition 1

Asking the Right Questions: Tools and Techniques for Teamwork / Edition 1

by Edie L. Holcomb


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Asking the Right Questions: Tools and Techniques for Teamwork / Edition 1

Using illustrative examples from schools in the United States, this book provides a much-needed, concise description of the essential aspects of school change in generic, jargon-free language for practitioners in staff development and school administration. With the help of a common vocabulary, readers will be better able to research effective schools, improve their schools, plan strategically, and implement quality management and restructuring in their schools.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803963580
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 03/21/1996
Series: Educational Quality and Accountability Series
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (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

Foreword - Shirley M Hord
Asking the Right Questions
Answering the 'Where Are We Now?' Question
Answering the 'Where Do We Want to Go?' Question
Answering the 'How Will We Get There?' Question
Answering the 'How Will We Know We Are (Getting) There?' Question
Answering the 'How Will We Sustain the Focus and Momentum?' Question
Bonus Questions
Using the Matrix

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