Deliverology 101: A Field Guide For Educational Leaders

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Corwin Press, Nov 23, 2010 - Education - 281 pages
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'Michael Barber's pioneering work as head of my Delivery Unit helped ensure real progress, not just with our education reforms, but with healthcare and policing too. It attracted worldwide attention. This guide distils the wisdom he gained at that time and has refined since. I strongly recommend it.' - Tony Blair, Former UK Prime Minister 1997-2007

A step-by-step approach to delivering results

Michael Barber, former chief advisor on delivery to British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and his colleagues Andy Moffit and Paul Kihn thoroughly describe Barber's proven reform delivery processes in this practical field guide. The timing is ideal, as Barack Obama's administration prioritizes education reform. Citing education reform case studies from more than 20 countries, the authors assert that most previous reforms were unsuccessful due to failed implementation. This book focuses on how to accomplish meaningful results, including:

- Significant and ongoing education reform

- Excellence and equity across public education

The authors illustrate a field-tested program that ensures reform is achieved in the most profound sense, with students able to see, feel, and reap the benefits of a high-quality education. It is based not only on the experience of the Blair administration but also on case studies of successful implementation of reform in the U.S. and elsewhere.

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1 Develop a Foundation for Delivery
2 Understand the Delivery Challenge
3 Plan for Delivery
4 Drive Delivery
5 Create an Irreversible Delivery Culture
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Michael Barber is the Founding Director of the US Education Delivery Institute, which is designed explictly to help U.S. state education systems strengthen their capacity to deliver results. He is an Expert Partner in McKinsey and Company's Global Public Sector Practice and head of its Global Education Practice. He works on major challenges of performance, organization, and reform in government and the public services, especially education, around the world. Previously, Barber was Chief Adviser on Delivery to the British prime minister Tony Blair, and was responsible for the oversight of implementation of the prime minister's priority programs in health, education, transport, policing, the criminal justice system, and asylum/immigration. The approach to delivery he developed is widely seen as constructive and innovative. Barber has been a professor at the Insitute of Education, University of London. He is the author of serveral books, and his advice on public policy has been sought by governments in over 20 countries.

Andy Moffit is a Senior Practice Expert and a co-founder of McKinsey & Company's Global Education Practice. He joined the firm in 2000 and has served clients in the financial services, non-profit and public sectors on a wide range of strategic and organizational issues. Since 2005, he has worked exclusively with education clients, large urban districts, state education departments, national foundations and nonprofits, and private companies, on large-scale reform and key strategic efforts. He is a frequent commentator at education sector conferences and publications. Moffit was an elementary school teacher, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Oxford University and Yale Law School, at which he studied education law and policy.

Paul Kihn is an Associate Principal in McKinsey and Company's Education Practice, where he specialized in human capital strategy, system transformation, and the delivery of large-scale reform. During his six years at McKinsey, Paul has worked with large urban school districts, local and national non-profits, and state and federal public sector agencies in K - 12 and higher education. Prior to joining McKinsey, Paul worked as a public middle school teacher and administrator and community youth worker in South Africa, Ireland and New York City. He is a graduate of Yale College and Columbia University's Teachers College and Graduate School of Business.

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