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Districts on the Move
Leading a Coherent System of Continuous Improvement



September 2019 | 112 pages | Corwin
Building off the framework Fullan and Quinn introduced in the International best-seller Coherence The Right Drivers in Action for Schools, Districts, and Systems, Westover presents a roadmap to help district and school leaders navigate the journey of creating a coherent system of continuous improvement. Based on more than 15 years of successful partnerships with school districts, this book includes case studies of how districts progressed over time, leadership competencies shown to be critical factors for success, tools and rubrics for action planning and guiding implementation, and reflective questions for inquiring about the current state of district systems and practices and strategies for systemic improvements efforts.

Readers will discover Benchmarks of Capacity that will serve as guideposts to
• Create clarity of district goals and school priorities for student learning
• Cultivate a culture of shared leadership and systemic collaboration
• Develop collective expertise with a coherent instructional framework
• Engage in evidence-based cycles of inquiry for continuous improvement

Learn how to lead systemic improvement that builds capacity at the classroom, school and district levels. 
 
Foreword by Michael Fullan and Joanne Quinn
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
Chapter 1: Creating a Coherent System of Continuous Improvement
Leading a Coherent Path of Progress

 
 
Chapter 2: Clarity of District Goals and School Priorities for Student Learning
Creating a Strategic Focus for Equitable Student Growth

 
Clearly Delineating Improvement Strategies

 
Leading Short Cycles of Improvement

 
The Path of Progress for Little Lake City School District

 
Reflecting on Key Capacity-Building Strategies

 
Tips for Taking Action

 
 
Chapter 3: Culture of Shared Leadership and Systemic Collaboration
Serving as a Lead Learner

 
Cultivating Systemic Collaboration and Co-learning

 
Leading From the Middle

 
The Path of Progress for Hesperia Unified School District

 
Reflecting on Key Capacity-Building Strategies

 
Tips for Taking Action

 
 
Chapter 4: Coherent Instructional Framework for Developing Collective Expertise
Creating Instructional Coherence

 
Robust Collaborative Inquiry Processes

 
Developing Precision of Pedagogy

 
The Path of Progress for Corona-Norco Unified School District

 
Reflecting on Key Capacity-Building Strategies

 
Tips for Taking Action

 
 
Chapter 5: Evidence-Based Cycles of Inquiry for Continuous Improvement
Know Thy Impact

 
Evidence of Learning

 
Continuous Improvement of Practices

 
The Path of Progress for Rosedale Union School District

 
Reflecting on Key Capacity-Building Strategies

 
Tips for Taking Action

 
 
Chapter 6: Leading a Coherent Path for Sustainable Growth in Learning
Rubrics and Planning Tools

 
 
Chapter 7: Building Capacity to Lead Systemic Improvement
 
References
 
Index

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