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Leading Schools in Disruptive Times
How To Survive Hyper-Change



October 2017 | 272 pages | Corwin
A school leadership model for surviving hyper-change

From social media to evolving safety issues to constant school reform, today’s school leaders face unprecedented disruption. How can educators prepare students for a globalized world when many institutions are not ready for the constantly changing 21st century?

In Leading Schools in Disruptive Times, Dwight Carter and Mark White draw the blueprint for adaptation. Through the Coping, Adjusting, and Transforming (CAT) strategy, administrators will learn vital methods for keeping pace in the age of hyper-change.

A comprehensive history of disruption in American schools as a lens for understanding accelerated change 
Practical exercises and real-life examples for reshaping education in the 21st century
A grounded examination of radical disruptions schools will face in the years to come.

If our schools are to survive, it is essential for educators to understand and anticipate disruptions, and use them to maximize education and prepare students for an ever-changing world.
 
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Chapter 1. Schools Disrupted: Understanding How We Got Here
Some Background

 
School Administrators Are Dealing With an Overload of Information and Demands

 
The Third Wave of History Is Fueling Rapid Disruptions in Our Schools

 
Schools Have Experienced Their Own Waves of Change; American Schools Are Entering the Fifth Wave of Their Development

 
Processing Speeds Have Fueled Technology Disruptions and Created a New Education Landscape

 
Knowledge Is Doubling at Faster Rates, Which Is Redefining Education

 
If School Leaders Are Going to Thrive, They Must Use Disruptions to Their Advantage

 
Activities to Transition to 21st Century Leadership and Hyper-Change

 
 
Chapter 2. Types of School Disruptions: New Problems Going Viral
Understanding Disruptions and Disruptive Events

 
Introducing the CAT Strategy: Coping, Adjusting, and Transforming

 
Identifying the Seven Disruptions Changing Schools Today

 
Finding the Disruptions in Their Own Schools

 
Forming a Vision for a New Type of Leader: The Local Global Leader

 
Examining Accountability Through a 21st Century Lens

 
Looking to the Future

 
Activities to Help Understand School Disruptions

 
 
Chapter 3. Student Safety: From Innocence to the Unimaginable
A Principal’s View of Student Safety in 21st Century Education

 
A Teacher’s View of Student Safety in 21st Century Education

 
Tips For Maintaining Student Safety in an Age of Disruptions

 
Scenarios for Applying the CAT Strategy

 
Activities to Create a Safer School in the 21st Century

 
 
Chapter 4. Technology: New Opportunities and New Challenges
The Impact of Technology

 
Four Key Points for Leaders About Technology Disruptions

 
From Myspace to Personal Devices and the Cloud

 
The Difficulty of Change

 
Tips for Leading Schools in an Age of Technology Disruptions

 
Scenarios for Applying the CAT Strategy

 
Activities to Transform With Technology Disruptions

 
 
Chapter 5. Education Reforms: Searching for the Freedom to Lead and the Freedom to Teach
Living With a Warped Sense of Accountability

 
Shielding Teachers and Focusing on Learning

 
A Teacher’s View: The Freedom to Teach

 
Teacher Preparation: Drilling Down Into the Data

 
Pivoting to a Future of Rapid Change

 
Tips for Leading Schools in an Age of Constant Education Reforms

 
Scenarios for Applying the CAT Strategy

 
Activities to Transform in Education Reform Disruptions

 
 
Chapter 6. Generational Differences: Leading Boomers, X, Y, and Z in New Learning Spaces
A Closer Look at Four Generations in Our Schools

 
The Administrator Leading Gen Z and Generations of Teachers

 
The Learning Environment Consultant With an Optimistic View

 
The Experienced Architect With a Vision for Change

 
The CEO on a Journey: A New Generation and a New Mission

 
Tips for Leading in Generational and Learning Space Disruptions

 
Scenarios for Applying the CAT Strategy

 
Activities to Lead Multiple Generations, Educate Gen Z, and Design New Types of Learning Space

 
 
Chapter 7. Global Readiness: Preparing for the 2030s, 2040s, and Beyond . . .
Connecting to the World: Going Global

 
A Local Global Principal With a Global Vision

 
The Global Skills: Morphing and Growing With the Times

 
Today’s Curriculum: Shifting to Global Skills

 
Lifelong Learning Is No Longer Optional

 
A Model for Transforming

 
Tips for Leading Schools to Global Readiness

 
Scenarios for Applying the CAT Strategy

 
Activities to Lead Schools to Global Readiness

 
 
Chapter 8. Diversity: New Challenges in the School Melting Pot
An Open-Door Policy

 
The Growth of Ethnic Diversity in American Schools

 
Welcoming Diversity: A Melting Pot or a Mosaic?

 
Leading in a Climate of Fear

 
Resegregation: A Growing Racial and Poverty Gap

 
Racial Diversity in Middle America

 
Schools: To Pray or Not to Pray

 
Protecting Gay Rights: To Help Students Walking Through a Hailstorm

 
Restrooms: Boys, Girls, and Genderless

 
Trying to Diversify the Teaching Force

 
Tips for Leading Schools in Diversity Disruptions

 
Scenarios for Applying the CAT Strategy

 
Activities to Lead in Diversity Disruptions

 
 
Chapter 9. Transparency: The World Is Watching
It’s About Trust

 
A View of Transparency From the Last Century to the Present

 
Acknowledging Vulnerability and Seeking Clarity

 
Tips for Leading in Transparency Disruptions

 
Scenarios for Applying the CAT Strategy

 
Activities to Lead in Transparency Disruptions

 
 
Chapter 10. 21st Century School Assessment: More Than Test Scores
Thinking Without a Box

 
A Flexible, Formative School Assessment System

 
An Example of a New Assessment Instrument

 
Create Your Own Plan for Leading in Disruptive Times

 
 
Chapter 11. An Accelerating World: Leading Schools in an Age of Hyper-Change
A Glimpse of School Futures: Digitization, Disruption, and Democratization

 
Digitization in Education

 
How Education Will Be Disrupted

 
How Education Will Be Democratized

 
Overcoming Three Barriers

 
Moving Out of Future Shock: Pausing and Balancing

 
Tips for Helping Teachers: Mindfulness, Balance, and Respect

 
Let’s Be Apple and Microsoft

 
Activities to Lead in Hyper-Change

 
 
References
 
Index

Carter and White offer school principals useful tips, suggestions, and real life examples regarding each disruption. This book does not leave the what and why to chance. It is very relevant to the issues educators face today.

Delsia Malone, Principal
W.E. Striplin Elementary School, Gadsden, AL

Leading Schools in Disruptive Times has an excellent voice, is timely, and speaks directly to topics foremost in the minds of educators. It will definitely generate engaging conversations.

Clint Heitz, Instructional Coach
Bettendorf Community School District, Bettendorf, IA

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