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The Five Essentials of Organizational Excellence: Maximizing Schoolwide Student Achievement and Performance / Edition 1

The Five Essentials of Organizational Excellence: Maximizing Schoolwide Student Achievement and Performance / Edition 1

by Lawrence L. Marazza
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The essential strategies presented in this resource explore the necessity for building strong relationships among and between administrators, teachers, parents, and the community.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761939559
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 06/18/2003
Series: 1-Off Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Lawrence Marazza is the President and founder of The Lighthouse Management Group, a training and management consulting firm located in Russell, Ohio and focusing on the development of high performing school districts and quality assurance programs for public sector organizations. His career in education spans more than thirty years, twenty-six years as a Superintendent of Schools for three school districts located in two different states. He has also served as an elementary and secondary teacher, college instructor, and public administrator.

Throughout his career, he has been able to apply private sector leadership initiatives and practices to public schools. During his tenure as a superintendent he established partnerships with businesses and institutions of higher learning. Through these partnerships, he developed leadership training programs for parents, teachers, school administrators and other stakeholders in public education. Under his leadership, school district alliances with businesses and universities have produced innovative programs and practices that have resulted in significantly improved learning opportunities for students as well as the formation of collaborative teams of public school stakeholders meaningfully involved in school decision-making.

Dr. Marazza was named a "Distinguished Graduate in Teacher Education" by Mount Union College. He is also a Professional Fellow with the Weatherhead School of Business at Case Western Reserve University. In addition, he is a contributing author to The Power of Public Engagement: A Beacon of Hope for America’s Schools.

Table of Contents

1. The Missing Essential Connections to Educational Excellence
Unconnected Systems
Thinking and Planning Strategically
Benchmarking for Excellence
Leading Collaboratively
Engaging the Public
Standards-Based Governance and Quality Assurance
The Integrated Essentials
The Power of Consensus
Random Acts of Improvement
2. The Power of Thinking and Planning Strategically
Commitment by Governance
Preparing for Strategic Planning
The Power of Conversation in Public Education
The Politics of Strategic Planning
Training the Stakeholders
The Mission and Building Principals
Personal Investment in the Plan
Public Engagement in Communicating the Plan
3. Benchmarking for Excellence Using the Sterling System
Benchmarking, Intelligence, and the Sterling System
Student-Results Benchmarking
Benchmark for Organizational Success
Integrated Management Systems Designed for Student Excellence, Using Benchmarking and Competitive Intellgience To Achieve Excellence
4. Leading Collaboratively for Combined Wisdom
Transforming Leadership
Transformationg the Principalship
Change Comes From the Edge
The Role of Personality Preferences in the Restructured Organization
The Interpersonal Dynamics of Collaboration
Retro-Programs, Sacred Cows
Collaborative Organizations
Organizational Characteristics of a Personal Bureaucracy
At the Core of Collaborative Success
Leadership and Followership
Leadership Needed Today
Principles Governing a Principal's Work
Legitimate Followership
Local Leadership Academy
Systems Thinking
5. Engage the Public in a Productive and Proactive Manner
Nine Factors of Engagement
Public Involvement
Building Principals and the Nine Factors
Deeper Public Involvement
S.W.A.T. Teams: Schools Where Achievement Thrives
Kitchen Talks
School Block Talk
Principal-Led Parental Collaboration
6. Govern by Standards Developed With the Stakeholders
Building Principals and the Need for Standards of Excellence
Developing Standards of Excellence Consistent With School Vision
Govern by Standards
The Governance Model
7. Empower Integrated Management Systems With Five Essential Skills
The Sterling Criteria for Organizaitonal Performance Excellence
Principals, Five Essentials, and Sterling
What Drives Organizations to Sterling Excellence?
Sterling Core Values
8. Integrate the Five Essentials
Simultaneous Development
The Cycle of Implementation of the Five Essentials
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Administrative Arrangements versus Curricular Concerns
Justify or Eliminate
9. Chaos, Essentials, and Learning Organizations
Five Essentials and the New Science
Information, Relationships, and Chaos
The Five Essentials and School Culture
The Five Essentials and Learning Organizations
10. Conlusion
The Leadership Trap
The Discipline of Dialogue
Have You Told Them That?
Changing Times, Changing Challenges
Captain Education
What Now?

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