Evidence-Based Strategies for Leading 21st Century Schools

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Corwin Press, Jun 13, 2012 - Education - 167 pages
Today′s educational environment is a complex interplay of goals, needs, competing requirements and pressures, and dwindling resources. School leaders have responsibility for creating an educational environment that improves student outcomes, prepares them for their futures, and supports opportunities for all. This book offers school and district leaders with leader-tested strategies, exemplars, and practical advice based on the authors′ current research of award-winning schools that showcase leadership for the 21st century. This book provides examples of how a 21st century school looks, plans, uses data, and supports its teachers, including:

- Developing and implementing the vision

- Establishing the school culture

- Planning and implementing technology

- Providing professional development

- Reforming the curriculum and instructional practices

- Funding the initiatives

- Collaborating with parents and the community

This book deepens and extends the work begun by the authors′ previous book, Leading 21st Century Schools, by presenting strategies, exemplars, and practical advice about specific ways to continue on the journey of successfully leading 21st century schools. This sequel provides practical and evidence-based ideas, strategies, and experiences for moving schools toward their goals of meeting students′, communities′, and policy makers′ expectations for educational systems.

 

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Contents

The Role of Vision and Mission
1
What Is Leadership in a 21st Century School?
19
3 What About the Pipes Wires and More? Planning and Supporting Technology in 21st Century Education
39
Models of Professional Development to Support Change
59
5 What Does a 21st Century Classroom Look Like? How Curriculum and Instructional Practices Change
77
The Importance of Attending to School Culture
97
Tools Options and Resources
117
Creating Partnerships Is a WinWin Proposition
137
References
155
Index
163
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Lynne Schrum is Dean of the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education at Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Previously, she was the Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at West Virginia University. Prior to that, she was a professor and coordinator of elementary education in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. Her research and teaching focus on preparing teachers for the 21st century, appropriate uses of information technology, and leadership in a digital world. She has written eleven books and numerous articles on these subjects; the most recent is How 2, Web 2: How to for Educators. Schrum served on AERA’s Council, was editor of the Journal of Research on Technology in Education (JRTE) (2002-2012), and is a past-president of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

Barbara Levin has been a Professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) since 1993. She was an elementary school teacher for 17 years before earning her Ph.D. at the University of California-Berkeley. Dr. Levin served as the Director of the Teachers Academy at UNCG, assistant department chair, and director of graduate studies. She was awarded the first Mentoring-Advising-Supervising (MAS) Award in the School of Education at UNCG. Dr. Levin also served as an Associate Editor for Teacher Education Quarterly for 8 years, and was co-PI on a 5-year, $1.4 million National Professional Development grant from the Dept. of Education called TESOL for ALL. Her research interests include: understanding how teachers’ pedagogical beliefs develop across their careers; case-based teaching; problem-based learning (PBL); universal design for learning (UDL); and leading, teaching, and learning with technology. Dr. Levin has published eight books and over 40 articles in well-respected research journals.

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