Leading School Change: Nine Strategies to Bring Everybody on Board

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Eye On Education, 2009 - Education - 134 pages
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Make positive and immediate changes in your school with the support of your entire staff. New from acclaimed speaker and bestselling author Todd Whitaker ("What Great Teachers Do Differently," "Dealing with Difficult Parents"), "Leading School Change" provides principals, assistant principals, district superintendents, and other educators with concrete steps for getting colleagues to champion and work toward the changes you want to make.

Drawing from years of experience working with leaders at the school and district levels, Whitaker shares nine specific strategies for overcoming resistance, building cooperation, and recruiting hands-on help. An essential tool for leaders, this book delivers a complete action plan for those who want to implement results-oriented school change.

 

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Contents

Identify the Change
5
Whats Your Problem?
7
Three Levels of Change
9
Structural Change
10
Cultural Change
11
Making Sense of the Levels of Change
12
Two Major Assumptions
13
Set Your Sights High
15
Divide and Conquer
59
Teach and Model
60
Practice Whole Part Whole
62
Keep Them Busy
63
Control the Clusters
65
Count On the Disclosing Alpha Male
67
Harness the Power of Emotion
71
Diminish the Power of Fear
73

Make Sure the First Exposure Is Great
17
The New Restaurant
19
No Child Left Behind
20
But Im Excited Wont Everyone Else Be Excited Too?
21
The Intentional Exposure
22
Guest Speakers
23
Staff Meetings
24
Dont Bring Up the Negatives
25
How Important Is the First Exposure?
26
Determine Who Matters Most
27
Three Types of Employees
29
Superstars Irreplaceables
30
Mediocres Replacement Level
31
How Broad Is Their Vision?
32
Where Is the Impetus for Change?
33
Six Types of Teachers
34
Who Matters Most?
36
Understanding the Irreplaceables Superstars
37
You Dont Have to Guess
38
People Not Programs Make the Biggest Difference
39
Find the Entry Points
41
Start Somewhere Not Everywhere
43
The Points of Least Resistance
44
Blocking the Burnout
45
Understanding the Odds
46
Induction Starts with the Interview
47
Improving Instruction Together
48
Plan Ahead and Prepare
49
Good to Go
50
Inch by Inch Row by Row
51
SelfDirected Development
52
From Seedling to Sapling from Sapling to Tree
54
Reduce the Resistance
55
Dont Let the Whiners Rule the Roost
57
Defuse the Drama
58
Fear of Flying
74
Make It Seem As If Everyone Is Doing It
75
Make the New Seem Normal
76
Make Everyone Want In
77
Give Two Incentives for Change
79
The Emotions of the First Exposure
80
The Logic of Logic
81
Look Past BuyIn to Action
83
The Tennessee Tornado
86
Taking Stock of the Exchange
87
Time to Get Graphic
88
Scaling It Up or Down
90
The Balance Shifts
95
So When Do We Pull the Trigger?
97
Reinforce Changed Behaviors
99
Ongoing Staff Development
101
Reinforce at Every Step
103
Out from Behind the Desk
104
Public versus Private Praise
107
Reinforce the Attempts Too
108
Set Up for Success
109
Dont Miss That Moment
110
Squint If Necessary
111
Fit It All Together
113
Make Sure the Change Matters
115
Be Willing to Back Off
116
Follow the 100Hour Rule
117
Set the Pace
119
Frame It as Their Idea
121
Make Your Toolbox Part of the Furniture
122
Seek the Support of Support Staff
123
Manage the Rumor Mill
124
Make It Happen Together
125
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Todd Whitaker has been fortunate to be able to blend his passion with his profession. Recognized as a leading presenter in the fields of education and leadership, his message has resonated with over a million professionals around the world. One of the nation's leading authorities on employee motivation and leadership effectiveness, Whitaker has written over twenty books and has been invited to present in all fifty states and numerous countries around the world. He is a professor of educational leadership at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. Todd and his wife Beth, also a professor at Indiana State University, have three children: Katherine, Madeline, and Harrison.

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