Align the Design: A Blueprint for School Improvement

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ASCD, 2008 - Education - 202 pages
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"This is our THIRD school improvement plan! Why aren't we seeing any results?"

"We have all of this data, but we don't know what to do with it!"

"What does this workshop have to do with the goals we set for our school?

Many of today's school leaders have all the latest tools, techniques, and programs for school improvement. Unfortunately, some leaders fail to create real, sustainable results for their schools because they use one or two "flavor-of-the-month" strategies without connecting all the pieces together for real improvement.

In Align the Design: A Blueprint for School Improvement, Nancy J. Mooney and Ann T. Mausbach emphasize the importance of coordinating essential school improvement processes to increase staff capacity, improve student achievement, and develop effective schools. The authors show school leaders how to use "power tools" to


*Develop effective curriculum

*Make the most of their school's data

*Create successful school improvement plans

*Implement valuable professional development sessions and workshops

*Use efficient supervisory techniques

*Foster leadership for school improvement

Each chapter includes personal reflections from the authors and lists of touchstone texts that have inspired their efforts.

At a time when school leaders are trying to translate urgent calls for higher achievement into actions that work, Align the Designprovides expert guidance and practical tools that will help educators work more purposefully together to create better schools for their students.

  

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Contents

Developing Curriculum Leadership and Design
1
Aligning the Design for School Improvement
26
Making Sense of the Data
42
Providing Accountability for the Data
61
Working the Plan for School Improvement
79
Developing Powerful Professional Development
93
Supervising Teaching Learning and People
123
Creating Leaders for School Improvement
148
Appendix B Sample School Por tfolio
170
Appendix C Preparing for a Data Consultation
172
Appendix D School Improvement Plan Overview
177
Appendix E Questions and Answers AboutDisplays of Student Work
181
Appendix F Examples of Weekly Messages
184
References
190
Index
194
About the Authors
201

Appendix A Sample State of the Schools Report
166

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