Beyond Reform: Systemic Shifts Toward Personalized Learning

Beyond Reform: Systemic Shifts Toward Personalized Learning

by Robert J. Marzano


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Like many school districts, Lindsay Unified School District faced difficulty meeting the needs of increasingly diverse student populations. Through this detailed resource, you will learn how Lindsay Unified took action to improve student learning by shifting from a traditional time-based education system to a learner-centered performance-based system. By adopting and tailoring Lindsay Unified’s instructional model, you and your team can embark on your own district’s transformation toward establishing a revised education system that empowers and motivates all students to succeed.


  • Consider Lindsay Unified’s core values and visions for leadership, curriculum, assessment, learning, and technology.
  • Meet Lindsay Unified students and see how the district’s performance-based system transformed their learning.
  • Explore core value rubrics that school staff can use to reflect on personal leadership growth, frame important conversations, and provide feedback.
  • Study Lindsay Unified’s instructional model, which helps align the district’s instructional decisions with its unified instructional vision.
  • Download a free reproducible checklist for shifting to a performance-based system and lists of recommended strategies for ensuring a successful district transformation.


Chapter 1: Preparing for Change

Chapter 2: Creating a New Culture

Chapter 3: Transforming Leadership

Chapter 4: Transforming Personnel

Chapter 5: Transforming Curriculum and Assessment

Chapter 6: Transforming Teaching and Learning

Chapter 7: The Lindsay Community



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943360116
Publisher: Marzano Research
Publication date: 01/27/2017
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 1,197,743
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Lindsay Unified School District ix

About Marzano Research xi

Foreword Robert J. Marzano xiii

Chapter 1 Preparing for Change 3

The Lindsay Unified School District Context 4

Early Transformations 6

The Road Ahead 9

The Strategic Design Process 10

A Brighter Future for Lindsay Learners 14

Summary 22

Chapter 2 Creating a New Culture 25

Foundational Beliefs and Guiding Principles 27

Adoption of a Visionary Vocabulary 29

A Mastery Mindset for a Results-Driven Culture 31

Focus on Lifelong Learning 33

Summary 34

Chapter 3 Transforming Leadership 37

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team 42

The Advantage 44

Core Value Rubrics 45

The Breakthrough Coach 48

Collaborative Leadership Lindsay 49

Summary 50

Chapter 4 Transforming Personnel 53

Support Staff Aligned to the Lindsay Unified Vision 54

The Shift From Teacher to Learning Facilitator 56

Summary 59

Chapter 5 Transforming Curricula and Assessment 61

A Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum 63

Mastery-Based Assessment Practices 67

Summary 74

Chapter 6 Transforming Teaching and Learning 77

Intensive Focus on Instruction 78

Lindsay Unified's Instructional Model 79

The Engaging of Learners 87

Differentiation 90

The Role of Technology 91

Summary 94

Chapter 7 Introduction the Lindsay Community Today 97

Healthy Start Family Resource Center 99

Migrant Education Region 24 101

The Community as Curriculum 102

Summary 103

Epilogue 105

Appendix 109

Recommended Strategies for Ensuring a Successful Transformation 109

Checklist for Shifting to a Performance-Based System 110

References 113

Index 115

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