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Changing for Good
Sustaining School Improvement

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November 2009 | 216 pages | Corwin
'This important work identifies the critical elements of sustainability—the necessary goal of systemic reform—which requires a long-term commitment to change for the benefit of students' - Lois Adams-Rogers, Deputy Executive Director, Council of Chief State School Officers

The recent emphasis on educational reform has lead to many books on initiating school improvement, but relatively few on how to sustain reform efforts so that improvements have a lasting impact.

Changing for Good offers a detailed examination of current schoolwide reform efforts and identifies strategies for introducing, managing, and sustaining successful school renewal programs. Based on a six-year study of 74 schools, the book provides a model for generating the necessary district support, schoolwide leadership, teacher commitment, and performance outcomes to cultivate improvement that lasts. Applicable at all levels, this model helps readers:

- Align reform efforts with educational standards and accountability guidelines

- Create a research-based improvement plan

- Support change by developing a shared vision

- Promote distributed leadership

- Celebrate gains to encourage cooperation

The most beneficial school improvements are the ones that endure. With this exceptional resource, educational administrators and leaders can create a school environment that embraces meaningful change, sustains positive reform, and ensures successful learning outcomes.

 
List of Tables and Figures
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
Comprehensive School Reform

 
Purpose and Focus of the Book

 
Researching Reform Sustainability in Schools

 
Organization of the Book

 
 
1. Sustaining Change in Schools
Two Decades of Reform Policies

 
Sustaining Reform

 
Organizational Capacity and Sustaining Change in Schools

 
Toward a Model of Sustainability

 
 
2. Setting the Stage for School Reform
School Reform and State Infrastructure

 
Opportunity for Improvement Through Comprehensive School Reform

 
Discussion of the State Context for School Reform

 
 
3. Supporting Change in Schools
Waterton County

 
Burkett County

 
District Support for Sustaining Change in Other Schools

 
Discussion of District Support for Sustaining Reform

 
 
4. Promoting Distributed Leadership
Leadership for Change

 
Distributed Leadership in Tipton Middle School

 
Developing Distributed Leadership in Greely Elementary School

 
Principal Leadership for Reform

 
Reform Facilitation

 
Negotiation of Tasks and Responsibilities

 
Preparing to Sustain School Reform

 
Leadership and the Challenge of Change in Other Schools

 
Discussion of Distributed Leadership and Sustaining Reform

 
 
5. Gaining Teacher Commitment
Control of Teachers Versus Workplace Autonomy

 
Forestview Middle School

 
Littleton Middle School

 
Teacher Commitment to Reform

 
Teacher Commitment in Other Schools

 
Lack of Teacher Commitment to Reform in Other Schools

 
Discussion of Teacher Commitment and Sustaining Reform

 
 
6. Celebrating Gains
Comprehensive School Reform and School Performance

 
Tangible Resources and Supplies

 
Contributions to School Culture

 
Spillover Effects From the Grant Experience

 
Discussion of the Effects of Reform and Sustainability

 
 
7. Changing for Good
Sustaining Comprehensive School Reform

 
Sustainability With Funding

 
Commitment to Sustainability Without Funding

 
Sustained Momentum for Improvement and Innovation

 
No Sustainability

 
Discussion of Patterns of Reform Sustainability

 
 
8. Reforming Reform
Patterns of Sustainability

 
A Model for Sustaining Change

 
What Happened to CSR?

 
Recommendations for Educators

 
 
Resource: Methodology
Design of the Study

 
Research Questions

 
Selection of Schools

 
Data Collection Methods

 
Reliability and Verification

 
Data Analysis

 
Ethical Considerations

 
 
References
 
Index

“This important work identifies the critical elements of sustainability—the necessary goal of systemic reform—which requires a long-term commitment to change for the benefit of students.”

Lois Adams-Rogers, Deputy Executive Director
Council of Chief State School Officers

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