Making Schools Smarter: A System for Monitoring School and District Progress

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SAGE Publications, 2001 - Education - 195 pages
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Strategic planning, accountability, and restructuring efforts often exacerbate targeted problems because the accurate information required for success is unavailable. This document offers a model monitoring system for utilizing important information by schools and districts. Part 1, "Basic Assumptions About Schools and Districts," explores how assumptions shape data collection and analysis, and promotes an organizational learning perspective sensitive to the scope of needed changes, the processes people need to meet goals, and the need to generate quality information. Part 2, "Educational Inputs and Outcomes," examines resource inputs, indicators and measures, and rationales for immediate and long-term outcome monitoring. Part 3, "Critical Process and Conditions," investigates several critical factors, including goals and organizational culture; planning, managing, leading, and instructing; organizational structure, information collection, and decision-making; and policies, procedures, and community partnerships. Part 4, "Gathering and Using School and District Monitoring Information," offers surveys and exhibits assisting schools and districts that aim to implement the described monitoring systems. (Contains 132 references.) (TEJ)

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Dr. Leithwood is Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy at OISE/University of Toronto. His research and writing concerns school leadership, educational policy and organizational change. Dr. Leithwood has published more than 70 referred journal articles, and authored or edited more than thirty books. For example, he is the senior editor of both the first and second International Handbooks on Educational Leadership and Administration (Kluwer Publishers, 1996, 2003). His most recent books (all with Corwin Press) include Leadership With Teachers’ Emotions In Mind (in press), Making Schools Smarter (3rd edition, 2006) and Teaching for Deep Understanding (2006). Among his current research projects is a large, five-year, Wallace Foundation study, with colleagues, aimed at determining how state, district and school-level leadership influences student learning. Dr. Leithwood is the recent recipient of the University of Toronto’s Impact on Public Policy award.

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