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November 2012 | 256 pages | Corwin
As expectations and accountability for student learning and performance have risen over the last decade, a new educational role has evolved: the School Improvement Specialist (SIS). The School Improvement Specialist Field Guide is designed to support and guide school improvement practitioners in effectively facilitating school improvement while meeting the ten standards established by The International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI). This book helps new school improvement specialists:

-Hit the ground running

-Improve the effectiveness, quality and efficiency of their work

-Increase their confidence in their professional practice

-Understand the steps and knowledge needed to become a certified school improvement specialist

Whether you are a consultant, administrator, coach or teacher leader, this book helps you improve organizational processes and staff performance at your school site, ultimately raising student achievement.

 
Preface
Audience for this Book

 
 
Acknowledgments
Acknowledgments

 
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
Applying Human Performance Technology to the Certification of School Improvement Specialists

 
How the Certification for School Improvement Specialists Evolved

 
How this Field Guide is Organized

 
The Ten Standards

 
Standard 1: Analyze and Apply Critical Judgment

 
Standard 2: Facilitate Deriving Meaning and Engagement

 
Standard 3: Focus on Systemic Factors

 
Standard 4: Plan and Record

 
Standard 5: Organize and Manage Efforts and Resources

 
Standard 6: Guide and Focus Collaborative Improvement

 
Standard 7: Build Capacity

 
Standard 8: Demonstrate Organizational Sensitivity

 
Standard 9: Monitor Accountability and Adoption

 
Standard 10: Implement for Sustainability

 
Application for Certification

 
CSIS Performance Foundations

 
Mission

 
Vision

 
Values

 
Performance Criteria

 
 
1. Analyze and Apply Critical Judgment
Real World Challenge -- Bailey’s Story Part 1

 
Standard 1: Analyze and Apply Critical Judgment

 
Facilitating the Collection and Interpretation of Data

 
Demonstrating Deep Knowledge

 
Presenting Evidence That Supports Conclusions

 
An Example of an Effective Application of Standard 1

 
An Example of a Less Effective Application of Standard 1

 
Reflection

 
Power Points

 
Summary

 
 
2. Facilitate Deriving Meaning and Engagement
Real World Challenge -- Bailey’s Story Part 2

 
Standard 2: Facilitate Deriving Meaning and Engagement

 
Creating Meaning

 
Identifying Systemic Performance Factors

 
Categorizing Performance Factors

 
Comprehending Implications

 
Building Supportive Relationships

 
Establishing Norms

 
Developing Agendas

 
Facilitating Group Communication

 
Building Commitment

 
Using Stories

 
Gaining Commitments

 
An Example of an Effective Application of Standard 2

 
An Example of a Less Effective Application of Standard 2

 
Reflection

 
Power Points

 
Summary

 
 
3. Focus on Systemic Factors
Real World Challenge -- Bailey’s Story Part 3

 
Standard 3: Focus on Systemic Factors

 
Identifying Systemic and Interdependent Factors

 
Selecting a Suite of Aligned Interventions

 
Building Higher Order Skills

 
An Example of an Effective Application of Standard 3

 
An Example of a Less Effective Application of Standard 3

 
Reflection

 
Power Points

 
Summary

 
 
4. Plan and Record
Real World Challenge -- Bailey’s Story Part 4

 
Standard 4: Plan and Record

 
Recommending What Works

 
Developing the Plan

 
Communicating the Work Ahead

 
Documenting the Decisions

 
An Example of an Effective Application of Standard 4

 
An Example of a Less Effective Application of Standard 4

 
Reflection

 
Power Points

 
Summary

 
 
5. Organize and Manage Efforts and Resources
Real World Challenge -- Bailey’s Story Part 5

 
Standard 5: Organize and Manage Efforts and Resources

 
Chunking the Work into Manageable Steps

 
Distributing the Work

 
Coordinating and Orchestrating

 
An Example of an Effective Application of Standard 5

 
An Example of a Less Effective Application of Standard 5

 
Reflection

 
Power Points

 
Summary

 
 
6. Guide and Focus Collaborative Improvement
Real World Challenge -- Bailey’s Story Part 6

 
Standard 6: Guide and Focus Collaborative Improvement

 
Starting with Your Inner Circle

 
Reaching out to a Wider Circle

 
Aligning Performance Foundations and Targets

 
Providing Relevant Information

 
Modeling the Right Behaviors

 
Taking on the Hard Decisions

 
An Example of an Effective Application of Standard 6

 
An Example of a Less Effective Application of Standard 6

 
Reflection

 
Power Points

 
Summary

 
 
7. Build Capacity
Real World Challenge -- Bailey’s Story Part 7

 
Standard 7: Build Capacity

 
Using Effective Adult Interventions

 
Coaching and Giving Feedback

 
Asking Questions

 
Facilitating Study

 
Facilitating Sharing

 
Facilitating Adoption

 
An Example of an Effective Application of Standard 7

 
An Example of a Less Effective Application of Standard 7

 
Reflection

 
Power Points

 
Summary

 
 
8. Demonstrate Organizational Sensitivity
Real World Challenge -- Bailey’s Story Part 8

 
Standard 8: Demonstrate Organizational Sensitivity

 
Establishing Credibility

 
Following Accepted Rules

 
Demonstrating Professionalism

 
Valuing Others’ Positions and Views

 
Keeping People Engaged

 
An Example of an Effective Application of Standard 8

 
An Example of a Less Effective Application of Standard 8

 
Reflection

 
Power Points

 
Summary

 
 
9. Monitor Accountability and Adoption
Real World Challenge -- Bailey’s Story Part 9

 
Standard 9: Monitor Accountability and Adoption

 
Paying Attention Purposely

 
Taking Corrective Action

 
Addressing Underperformance

 
Recognizing and Communicating

 
Aligning

 
An Example of an Effective Application of Standard 9

 
An Example of a Less Effective Application of Standard 9

 
Reflection

 
Power Points

 
Summary

 
 
10. Implement for Sustainability
Real World Challenge -- Bailey’s Story Part 10

 
Standard 10: Implement for Sustainability

 
Ensuring Continuity

 
Transferring Ownership

 
Facilitating Evaluation

 
Gaining Commitment

 
Improving Continuously

 
An Example of an Effective Application of Standard 10

 
An Example of a Less Effective Application of Standard 10

 
Reflection

 
Power Points

 
Summary

 
 
Appendix
Readiness Assessment

 
 
References
 
Resources
 
Index

Supplements

"Purposeful, intentional facilitation of the school improvement process builds a school staff's capacity and skills for continuous improvement that lasts beyond the consultant or leader. The School Improvement Specialist Field Guide provides a framework, tools and strategies for effective facilitation."

Bess Scott, Director of Elementary Education
Lincoln, NE

"In The School Improvement Specialist Field Guide, there is an abundance of ideas from which an Improvement Specialist could develop and implement a successful school improvement process. It was great to see facilitation strategies as part of the resources provided."

Gayle Wahlin, Educational Consultant
DuPage Regional Office of Education, Downers Grove, IL

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1: Analyze and Apply Critical Judgment


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