School Improvement In Practice

Author: Kate Myers
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135718148
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Effective change leading to school improvement is the focus of this practical text. Designed to be dipped into, or read as a whole, the contributors recount their experiences of effecting change in schools in one inner-city LEA. The story unfolds through the eyes of the project manager, the Director of Education, headteachers and project co- ordinators, and the external evaluator. Adopting a case study approach, evidence is presented of what happened in three schools investigated and the book includes contributions from students, parents and governors.; The volume examines what actually works to improve and make schools more effective, and should be of interest to all those involved in any way with school improvement.

Improving School Leadership Volume 1

Author: Pont Beatriz
Publisher: Organization for Economic
ISBN: 9789264044678
Format: PDF
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As countries strive to reform education systems and improve student results, school leadership is high on education policy agendas. But in many countries, the men and women who run schools are overburdened, underpaid and near retirement. Based on an OECD study of school leadership practices and policies around the world, and offering a cross country perspective, Volume 1 identifies four policy levers and a range of policy options to help governments improve school leadership now and build sustainable leadership for the future. Volume 2 explores what specialists are saying about system leadership for school improvement. Case studies examine innovative approaches to sharing leadership across schools in Belgium (Flanders), Finland and the United Kingdom (England) and leadership development programs for system improvement in Australia and Austria. As these are emerging practices, the book provides a first international comparison and assessment of the state of the art of system leadership.--Publisher's description.

Restructuring and Quality Issues for Tomorrow s Schools

Author: Tony Townsend
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134785658
Format: PDF, ePub
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The restructuring of schools systems across the world has been controversial. Have reforms been driven by a desire to cut educational budgets or the need to improve the quality of educational provision? This book explores the restructuring movement, with a particular emphasis on how decentralisation of power has affected the quality of education. It provides a broad and international picture of educational reform.

Measuring What We Do in Schools

Author: Victoria L. Bernhardt
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416623973
Format: PDF, Docs
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What is a true learning organization, and how can your school become one? To excel, schools must embrace continuous school improvement and evaluation, as well as systems thinking. In Measuring What We Do in Schools, author Victoria L. Bernhardt details the critical role program evaluation serves in school success and how to implement meaningful evaluations that make a difference. She provides a roadmap of how to conduct comprehensive, systemwide evaluations of programs and processes; the tools needed to obtain usable, pertinent information; and how to use these data to expand teachers' and administrators' data-informed decision-making focus. Educators will learn how to * Assess what is working and not working for students * Determine which processes need to change * Use data to improve practices on an ongoing basis Although challenging for many schools, program evaluation and data analysis can begin with a single program or process, over time building on the expanded knowledge of the school's processes and the results they produce. An effective tool—The Program Evaluation Tool—enables schools to easily identify the purpose and intended outcomes of any school program, along with whom it serves, and how it should be implemented, monitored, and evaluated. These data can then be used to improve every aspect of a school's programs and processes and the outcomes achieved. Filled with practical strategies and featuring an in-depth case study, this book is designed to help educators see that evaluation work is logical and easy to do. They'll gain the confidence to do this work on a regular basis—working together to become a true learning organization.

Making Money Matter

Author: National Research Council
Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN: 9780309172882
Format: PDF, Docs
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The United States annually spends over $300 billion on public elementary and secondary education. As the nation enters the 21st century, it faces a major challenge: how best to tie this financial investment to the goal of high levels of achievement for all students. In addition, policymakers want assurance that education dollars are being raised and used in the most efficient and effective possible ways. The book covers such topics as: Legal and legislative efforts to reduce spending and achievement gaps. The shift from "equity" to "adequacy" as a new standard for determining fairness in education spending. The debate and the evidence over the productivity of American schools. Strategies for using school finance in support of broader reforms aimed at raising student achievement. This book contains a comprehensive review of the theory and practice of financing public schools by federal, state, and local governments in the United States. It distills the best available knowledge about the fairness and productivity of expenditures on education and assesses options for changing the finance system.

Capacity Building for School Improvement

Author: Patricia Stringer
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9462093296
Format: PDF, Kindle
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At a time when there is a high demand for capacity building in schools, many administrators and practitioners find little if any empirical studies on how this can be achieved in practice. Through the eyes of an experienced researcher, schoolteacher, senior administrator and university lecturer, this book captures how a low decile school in New Zealand successfully built its capacity for improvement. Dr. Patricia Stringer allows the reader, who could be anyone with an interest in education, leadership and school development, to identify contextual problems and difficulties that limit capacity building and suggests pathways to overcome them. This is an easy to read and enjoyable book, but, one that digs deep into practice. The researcher spent over a year working with the staff, board and parents of this school discovering and recording authentic information about this school’s successful journey to success. For the researcher, this was an exciting experience; one that needs to be shared with the wider educational community. A must read book.

Harbors of Hope

Author: Wayne Hulley
Publisher: Solution Tree Press
ISBN: 1936765810
Format: PDF
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Discover a proven way to deal effectively with the white waters of change in education, and create a culture of hope in which students receive the support they need to achieve success. The authors’ extensive experience with effective schools research and the power of the professional learning community combine to create a uniquely hopeful approach that results in effective and efficient schools.

Improving School Leadership Volume 2 Case Studies on System Leadership

Author: Specialists Schools and Academies Trust
Publisher: OECD Publishing
ISBN: 9789264033085
Format: PDF, ePub
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This book explores what specialists are saying about system leadership for school improvement. Case studies examine innovative approaches to sharing leadership and to leadership development programmes for system improvement.

Schools Must Speak for Themselves

Author: John MacBeath
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134626258
Format: PDF
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This best-selling book illustrates how schools can tell their own story. It draws on ground-breaking work with the National Union of Teachers to demonstrate a practical approach to identifying what makes a good school and the part that pupils, parents and teachers can play in school improvement. Its usefulness for and use by, classroom teachers to evaluate their practice will prove to be its greatest strength in an ever expanding effectiveness literature.