Driving School Improvement

Author: Pamela Macklin
Editor: Acer Press
ISBN: 9781742864730
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This practical guide is designed to support school leaders in meeting their improvement challenge in ways that can be contextualised to their circumstances. It contains tools, activities, and pro formas that have been used successfully in a range of schools. These can be adapted to suit a particular context. While there are many books focused on school improvement, this book is a practical gem. It advocates that a school first diagnose where it is at, rather than adopt a 'one size fits all' strategy. The self-assessments, tools, processes, and case studies provided here will enable a school to craft its own improvement approach. [Subject: Education, Educational Policy]

Future Proof Your School

Author: David Hughes
Editor: Critical Publishing
ISBN: 191250846X
Size: 17,90 MB
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Wouldn’t it be great if you could equip your school and yourself to face whatever the future might throw at you! Schools face myriad calls on their time and creativity yet have finite internal resources to respond to them. This can result in piecemeal changes, and reactive rather than pro-active approaches. This book reduces, filters and prioritises the demands on staff energy to the central task of all schools - to achieve the best engagement of and learning outcomes for all learners (including the staff themselves). Schools often feel constrained by their current context, their previous performance, their demographics or available staff. This book provides an holistic and effective approach to change management that is simple, engages all stakeholders, is built around the current expertise and culture of the school and, most importantly, is sustainable. It is suitable for headteachers, senior or aspiring leaders, and those driving change through initiatives, but also individual teachers who are interested in effective practice as a route towards personal well-being and professional satisfaction.

School Improvement

Author: Zijian Li
Editor: Nova Publishers
ISBN: 9781594549441
Size: 12,87 MB
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Brings together recent reseach findings from around the world on key issues in school improvement, including discussion of the role of management, teachers, students, and the curriculum.

The School Improvement Challenge

Author: Jake Madden
Editor: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1471745295
Size: 14,42 MB
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Data Driven School Improvement

Author: Ellen B. Mandinach
Editor: Teachers College Press
ISBN: 0807775509
Size: 11,59 MB
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The first comprehensive examination of the field, this book brings together stakeholders representing a variety of perspectives to explore how educators actually use data and technology tools to achieve lasting improvement in student performance. Contributors: David V. Abbott, Carrie Amon, Jonathan Bertfield, Cornelia Brunner, Fred Carrigg, Jere Confrey, Katherine Conoly, Valerie M. Crawford, Chris Dede, John Gasko, Greg Gunn, Juliette Heinze, Naomi Hupert, Sherry P. King, Mary Jane Kurabinski, Daniel Light, Lisa Long, Michael Merrill, Liane Moody, William R. Penuel, Luz M. Rivas, Mark S. Schlager, John Stewart, Sam Stringfield, Ronald Thorpe, Yukie Toyama, Jeffrey C. Wayman, and Viki M. Young. “If you want to understand usable knowledge, read Data-Driven School Improvement.” —Ellen Condliffe Lagemann, Harvard University “It is reassuring to know that at least some of the data being generated in our data-driven age are being used to make wiser decisions. We can all learn from these illustrative accounts.” —David C. Berliner, Mary Lou Fulton College of Education, Arizona State University “Replete with examples from real schools and districts, this volume provides a multi-layered portrait of what it takes to establish a culture of data use. Readers will come away with an appreciation of the systemic changes needed to reap the full potential of data-driven decision making.” —Barbara Means, Center for Technology in Learning, SRI International

Teacher Agency Professional Development And School Improvement

Author: Judy Durrant
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 135160483X
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Highlighting the role of teachers in school change, Teacher Agency, Professional Development and School Improvement explores the important related issues of professional identity, teacher self-efficacy, leadership and autonomy in the context of contested improvement agendas. Providing analytical frameworks and practical models, this book: Offers examples of projects, programmes and narratives to illustrate the role of teachers in school change Invites readers to reconceptualise professional development and re-imagine school improvement Focuses on enabling teacher agency as the foundation for improvement Emphasises the importance of human agency to influence environments, lives and learning Provides strategies for improvement with integrity amidst powerful accountability requirements and external forces for change. At the heart of this book is a fresh perspective on schooling, in which teacher agency is considered a fundamental dimension of professional development and key to school improvement. This raises necessary and challenging questions about purposes and processes in education. With practical ideas and strategies that can be used to inform and evaluate practice and policy, Teacher Agency, Professional Development and School Improvement is essential reading for headteachers and teachers wishing to lead changes to improve their school and for teacher educators who support them.

Leadership Capacity Building And School Improvement

Author: Clive Dimmock
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1136729267
Size: 20,71 MB
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Leadership, Capacity Building and School Improvement provides a fresh and original perspective on the most important issues confronting today’s practitioners and academics in the field of educational leadership. New and exciting concepts are introduced such as the research-engaged school of the future. While its theoretical and evidence-based approach raises to a robust level the discussion on the most important leadership challenges of the day, the book is at the same time intensely practical in addressing everyday issues faced by contemporary policy makers and school practitioners. Underpinning the eleven chapters is a conceptual framework founded on the notion of leadership as capacity building, giving the book a coherence that many others on school leadership lack. Among the themes actively discussed are: Conceptualising and Contextualising Leadership – what is leadership? What distinguishes good from mediocre and poor leaders? What are the traits, dispositions and attributes that make for good leadership? How does context influence leadership? How appealing is leadership as a career? What are the components of capacity building leadership? Contemporary Leadership Themes – what is learning-centred leadership and how can it best promote good teaching and student learning? How can leaders distribute leadership across the school, and what are the pitfalls? How can leaders capitalise on the notion of the school as a professional learning community? How can leaders best be nurtured and developed? Policy, Leadership Practice and Impact – what new forms of leadership are presaged by the specialist schools policy as a means of school improvement? How can schools combine a focus on academic achievement with the need to prepare students for the changing twenty-first century workplace? Leadership, Capacity Building and School Improvement provides an up-to-date authoritative, critical and insightful account of school leadership. It combines advocacy and argument with evidence-based practice drawn from the most plausible and robust sources. This book will prove a valuable tool for those taking higher degrees in school leadership and management: school leaders on NPQH courses and school practitioners as a whole interested in interfacing with the latest empirical evidence and ideas, as well as academics teaching and researching in the area of educational leadership. Since the book adopts an international perspective, drawing its examples and evidence from both the Anglo-American and the Asian contexts, it will be found relevant to academics, policy makers and practitioners across these regions. Clive Dimmock is Visiting Professor at the National Institute of Education in Singapore and Professor Emeritus at the University of Leicester, UK.

School Improvement After Inspection

Author: Peter Earley
Editor: SAGE
ISBN: 1849206759
Size: 11,91 MB
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`The language of the book is accessible to those who are not involved in education. The 14 chapters describe and evaluate the impact of OfSTED inspection, presenting the cases for external and self-assessment' - Mentoring & Training School inspection under OfSTED continues to generate discussion and controversy.This book contributes to the wider debate about the role and function of OfSTED inspection, particularly as it relates to school improvement and raising standards. What do we know about the impact OfSTED is having on schools, particularly in terms of their development? Is inspection leading to school improvement? What is the impact of inspection on the average school? This book focuses on the impact of OfSTED inspection, and what happens to schools after their inspection. Does inspection help raise standards? What are the consequences of inspection for successful schools?

New Ideas For Effective School Improvement

Author: William Ramsay
Editor: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9781850006978
Size: 17,93 MB
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This book develops an approach to school development which is contextual in that it considers both the larger social structure of which the school is a part and those special features of schools themselves which impact upon the possibilities for their improvement. The book derives from a eight year longitudinal study of school evaluation at St Mary's College, a Catholic girls school in Tasmania. It builds upon, and provides a practical exploration of, such recent developments as Straratt and Caldwell's work on educational vision, the role of evaluation in measuring the extent to which a school's vision has become reality; the effective implementation and management of change, and Coleman and Hoffer's notion of social capital and the importance of school community networks in effective education.

School Accountability

Author: Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Children, Schools and Families Committee
Editor: The Stationery Office
ISBN: 9780215543066
Size: 12,35 MB
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This report considers the roles of a variety of different agents for accountability in the English school system. The first part examines self-evaluation, self-improvement partners and local authorities. Schools have increasingly been encouraged to formalise the self-evaluation process as part of their improvement strategy. They are assisted in their self-evaluation and improvement processes by School Improvement Partners (SIPs) who are appointed by the local authority. School provision is commissioned by local authorities, who also have a remit to monitor local schools' performance. The report then focuses on the work of Ofsted. School inspection reports are a major source of information about a school's performance, and inspection is often the trigger for a school to address its performance issues. The report then looks at the Achievement and Attainment Tables, formerly known as performance tables. The tables have been the subject of controversy for many years because, although they do not actually rank schools according to their performance in national examinations, they permit others, especially the media, to do so. Critics argue that they give only a partial view of a school's overall performance, and the proposed School Report Card is an attempt to address this issue by providing more information on a wider range of performance indicators. The school accountability process has become very complex with new programmes and policies emerging piecemeal from central government. There are concerns about the consistency of approach in such a complex system. And are schools really free to drive their own improvement given that they are still subject to programmes devised and applied by central government?