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From School Improvement to Sustained Capacity
The Parallel Leadership Pathway



April 2011 | 240 pages | Corwin
The definitive approach to achieving long-term school improvement

Will your school improvement plan stand the test of time? Bestselling author Frank Crowther makes a compelling case for capacity-building and parallel leadership as the keys to ensuring sustainable improvement. Based on a recent research study that examined how school leaders collaborated to enhance quality in their workplaces, this book:

- Outlines six research-based dynamics for accomplishing lasting results

- Provides real-life examples of successful parallel leadership among administrators, teachers, and students

- Demonstrates effective capacity building in a variety of settings with case studies and simulations

Everything you need to build a successful and sustainable plan that is rooted in enduring principles is right here, complete with practical examples and proven tools.

 
List of Tables
 
List of Figures
 
Foreword by Andy Hargreaves
 
Preface
 
Introduction
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. The COSMIC C-B Approach: A Prelude
Introduction

 
COSMIC C-B in Brief

 
The School Research Origins of COSMIC C-B

 
The Phase A Research

 
The Phase B Research

 
The Phase C Research

 
Concluding Comment

 
 
2. The First C-B Dynamic: Committing to Revitalization
Introduction

 
A Snapshot of Committing to Revitalization: Carmichael Secondary College

 
Committing to Revitalization: Deepening Our Understanding

 
Leadership for Committing to Revitalization

 
Thinking Outside the Square: Al Gore and Committing to Revitalization

 
Conclusion

 
Committing to Revitalization: Building Personal Capacity

 
 
3. The Second C-B Dynamic: Organizational Diagnosis and Coherence
Introduction

 
A Snapshot of Organizational Diagnosis and Coherence: Bellwood Secondary School

 
Organizational Diagnosis and Coherence: Deepening Our Understanding

 
Organizational Coherence as Structural Alignment

 
Organizational Coherence as Cognitive Alignment

 
Organizational Coherence as Structural and Cognitive Alignment

 
Leadership for Organizational Diagnosis and Coherence

 
Thinking “Outside-the-Square”: Organizational Coherence When Men Are From Mars and Women Are From Venus

 
Conclusion

 
Organizational Diagnosis and Coherence: Building Personal Capacity

 
 
4. The Third C-B Dynamic: Seeking New Heights
Introduction

 
A Snapshot of Seeking New Heights: Carlo Maria Carafa High School

 
Seeking New Heights: Deepening Our Understanding

 
Leadership for Seeking New Heights

 
Summary

 
Seeking New Heights: Building Personal Capacity

 
 
5. The Fourth C-B Dynamic: Micro-Pedagogical Deepening
Introduction

 
A Snapshot of Micro-Pedagogical Deepening: Greenfield Elementary School

 
Thinking Outside the Square: The Grameen Way and Micro Pedagogical Deepening

 
Conclusion

 
Micro-Pedagogical Deepening – Building Personal Capacity

 
 
6. The Fifth C-B Dynamic: Invoking Reaction
Introduction

 
A Snapshot of Invoking Reaction: Eacham High School

 
Invoking Reaction: Deepening Our Understanding

 
Leadership for Invoking Reaction

 
Thinking Outside the Square: Médecins Sans Frontières and Invoking Reaction

 
Conclusion

 
Invoking Reaction: Building Personal Capacity

 
 
7. The Sixth C-B Dynamic: Consolidating Success
Introduction

 
A Snapshot of Consolidating Success: All Hallows Catholic Elementary School

 
Consolidating Success: Deepening Our Understanding

 
The Systemic Perspective on Consolidating Success

 
The Metanoia Perspective on Consolidating Success

 
The Culture Perspective on Consolidating Success

 
The Leadership Perspective on Consolidating Success

 
Consolidating Success: Steve “Crocodile Hunter”

 
Summary

 
Consolidating Success: Building Personal Capacity

 
 
8. Next Steps Along the Parallel Leadership C-B Pathway
Introduction

 
COSMIC C-B in Retrospect and Prospect

 
Parallel Leadership in Retrospect and Prospect

 
Conclusion

 
 
Appendix A: The IDEAS Project
 
Appendix B: The Research Design and Methodology
 
References
 
Index

"Our ability to build capacity in order to ensure student learning is paramount. This book takes us step-by-step through the process of building capacity, giving practical examples and offering simulations that any school leader can use to improve student learning."

David G. Hodgdon, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
SAU #38, Swanzey, NH

“Crowther and his colleagues provide the most important volume to date about the critical place of “capacity-building’ in the role of sustaining school improvement. They have also crafted a masterful, and eminently useful, guide to reshape leadership in the service of sustained success.”

Joseph Murphy, Frank W. Mayburn Chair
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

"We yearn for sustainability, for without it, the future is bleak indeed. Frank Crowther and his associates have given us a uniquely integrated approach to sustainability. The ideas for meaningful work, questions for inquiry, case studies—in both educational and noneducational settings—and vivid simulations provide an accessible roadmap."

Linda Lambert, Ed.D., Author and Professor Emeritus
California State University, East Bay

"Frank Crowther and his associates show us deeply and clearly how to build the foundation for sustainability. They take us on a marvelous journey that weaves together a powerful conceptual framework, concrete snapshots of schools using the ideas, and tools and activities for getting there yourself. Engagement, clarity, and impact are at the core of this terrific book."

Michael Fullan, Professor and Author
University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Centre for Teacher Development

"A very detailed and informative book that will assist beginning and seasoned administrators in organizing and restructuring their schools to meet the needs of the 21st century."

Belinda J. Raines, Principal
Northwestern High School, Detroit, MI

"A fine survey on achieving long-term school improvement, from an author who makes a case for capacity building and parallel leadership as keys to sustainable improvement."

James A. Cox, Editor in Chief
Midwest Book Review, August 2011

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