You Can't Do it Alone: A Communications and Engagement Manual for School Leaders Committed to Reform

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R&L Education, 2011 - Education - 172 pages
Experts and reformers have suggested many promising ideas for improving schools and ramping up student learning, but in too many cases, proposals for change run up against resistance, confusion, and anxiety from key stakeholders such as teachers, parents, students, and members of the broader public. To propel change--and to sustain it--school leaders need to understand what is driving these responses and develop more effective strategies for engaging these groups in the mission of reform. You Can't Do It Alone provides school leaders with a crisp summary of opinion research among teachers, parents, and the public conducted by Public Agenda, Education Sector and other respected analysts. It offers tips on what leaders can do to more successfully engage these groups in areas such as reforming teacher evaluation, turning around low-performing schools, and building support for world-class standards. The book also introduces a theory of change and public learning developed by social scientist Daniel Yankelovich, along with some practical rules of the road for promoting the kind of dialogue that leads to consensus and action.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1
1
Chapter 2
7
Chapter 3
15
Chapter 4
27
Chapter 5
39
Chapter 6
51
Chapter 7
63
Chapter 8
81
Chapter 11
117
Chapter 12
127
Chapter 13
137
Chapter 14
147
Epilogue
159
Appendix
163
Acknowledgments
167
Index
169

Chapter 9
89
Chapter 10
103
About the Author
171
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As director of Public Agenda's Education Insights Division, Jean Johnson authored dozens of articles and reports on how parents, teachers, students, and the general public see public education today. A leading authority on public opinion in education, she also speaks and writes extensively on how school leaders can work with communities and colleagues to build robust support for change.

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