1st Edition

Navigating Comprehensive School Change





ISBN 9781930556317
Published May 9, 2002 by Routledge
286 Pages

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Book Description

This book, an accessible resource for busy practitioners, is a unique hybrid of two genres. As a "tourist guide", it shows you:
- how to prepare for the journey
- what to pay attention to upon arrival
- how to deal with the unexpected.

As a "consumer report", it helps you:
- identify some of the best tools and sources about change
- access useful information about the change process
- find information about the strengths and challenges of various strategies.

Thorough and comprehensive, it offers essential information about how to:
- form leadership teams
- identify high stakes problems
- build commitment
- create a school-wide vision and establish school-wide goals
- handle setbacks
- maintain the vision and sustain change.
- evaluate and assess comprehensive school change.

Also included is a section called "Ports of Call" which provides sources of information to help you implement comprehensive school reform at your site.
From Michael Fullan's Foreword . . ."Chenoweth and Everhart take the big concepts of change and work them through operationally at the level of day-to-day practice. We learn how to form leadership teams, the importance of focusing on capacity-building and reculturing, how to build commitment while dealing with dissatisfaction, problem-solving during implementation, how to keep going, and how to go beyond standardized testing in developing a range of alternative assessment strategies.

Table of Contents

1. HOW ABOUT A SHORT COURSE ON NAVIGATION? ASSUMPTIONS AND KEY LESSONS ABOUT CHANGE
• Focus on Student Learning
• Comprehensive Change
• School Leadership
• Democratic Environment
• Key Factors in the Change Process
2. LAUNCHING THE SHIP: HOW DO WE PREPARE THIS THING TO FLOAT?
• Forming Your Leadership Team
• Buy-In Period: Deciding to Initiate Comprehensive School Change
• Capacity Building: Managing the Content (the What) of School Change
• Capacity Building: Managing the Process (the How) of Change
3. IS EVERYBODY ON BOARD? BUILDING COMMITMENT
• Building Dissatisfaction
• Creating a School-Wide Vision
• Focus on Teaching and Learning
• Introducing an Enrichment Model of Teaching and Learning and Building on Strengths
4. DID YOU SAY TO TURN PORT OR STARBOARD? IMPLEMENTATION
• Follow a Systematic Approach for Problem Solving
• Develop Strategies to "Jump-Start" Implementation (Early Stage)
• Reculture by Aligning Practices with Beliefs (Mid Stage)
• Monitor Progress and Maintain Momentum (Mature Stage)
5. WAS THIS ROCK ON THE CHART? SUSTAINING CHANGE
• Slipping Backward to the Way Things Were
• Preparing for Project Fade-Out and Staff/Community Turnover
• Refocus on Student Learning
• Creating a Learning Organization for Continuous Improvement
6. HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOU'VE ARRIVED? EVALUATION AND ASSESSMENT
• Understanding the Context of Standards and their Role in Classroom Practice
• Valuing the Role of Assessment and the School's Ability to Shape It
• Evaluate the Progress of the Design Model and Assess its Impact on Student Learning
• De-emphasize Standardized Testing Through the Use of Alternative Strategies and Principles of Assessment
7. CONCLUSIONS-AND (NEW) BEGINNINGS
• Rethink the Way We Think About Schooling
• Utilize a Design Model to Guide the Change Process
• Build a Culture of Change that Celebrates Organizational Learning
• Remember the "Keys" to the Future of Change in Your School
PORTS OF CALL IN YOUR FUTURE NAVIGATIONS: RESOURCES FOR CHANGE
• Organizations
• Educational Laboratories and Research Centers
• Comprehensive School Reform Models
• Content- or Subject-Based Reforms and Associations
• Printed Resources

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