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Asking the Right Questions Tools for Collaboration and School Change by Edie L. Holcomb
  

Asking the Right Questions Tools for Collaboration and School Change

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Asking the Right Questions Tools for Collaboration and School Change by Edie L. Holcomb

'This book has something for everyone-the teacher leader heading school improvement committees, the curriculum director working with teacher task forces, the superintendent working with community groups to establish vision and set priorities. A very hands-on book with practical tools for leaders in any setting!' - Mary Devin, Associate Professor Kansas State University 'Gives a multitude of techniques for collaborative planning and preparing for change. This is an exceptional resource for school leaders to read and reflect on' -Regina S. Birdsell, Assistant Executive Director Connecticut Association of Schools Use these practical tips and real-world examples to facilitate meaningful school change! This updated edition of the bestseller on school reform focuses on collaboration at three crucial levels: district, school, and classroom. Recognizing the power of multilevel support, reform expert Edie L. Holcomb provides a structure that helps teams of educators assess a situation, gather information, plan and implement change initiatives, evaluate progress, and sustain change. In easy-to-understand language, Asking the Right Questions, Third Edition, effectively highlights the issues that need to be addressed when implementing school improvement initiatives. Building on her highly successful framework, the author presents a new discussion on shaping practice, creating effective decision-making structures, and reviewing improvement plans. The new edition also includes: - Innovative strategies such as symbolic displays, configuration maps, priority grids, and open space technology - Additional examples of change scenarios from the field - Review questions and chapter summaries that highlight key points - A CD-ROM with figures, customizable forms, and a chapter-by-chapter discussion guide to facilitate individual and group study From simple policy changes to broad reform, this invaluable guide helps teachers, principals, and administrators work together to visualize and enact changes that improve student achievement.

Reviews

The book is supported with concrete examples from real-life experience and is presented with an eye to real problems. It allows the reader to find tools that are appropriate for the local situation and to feel empowered to use the tools in flexible ways. -- Steven R. Thompson, Coordinator, School Leadership Program During my four years in the Kentucky Distinguished Educator Program, this book was my constant companion. On many occasions, the materials and insights I gleaned from this book made my work easier and made me appear to others to be smarter and wiser. -- Stan Laferty, Curriculum Coordinator This book has something for everyone-the teacher leader heading school improvement committees, the curriculum director working with teacher task forces, or the superintendent working with community groups to establish vision and set priorities. A very hands-on book with practical tools for leaders in any setting! -- Mary Devin, Associate Professor An excellent book. This is the manual that I have been needing. It simplified the complex and demonstrated that we can really make a difference in our schools and districts. -- Janet Hurt, Associate Superintendent Offers a strong set of strategies for working with adults to gain consensus, reach a goal, or gain insight into the thinking of participants. -- Rita Corbett, Educational Consultant Gives a multitude of techniques for collaborative planning and preparing for change. This is an exceptional resource for school leaders to read and reflect on. -- Regina S. Birdsell, Assistant Executive Director An effective synthesis of information for implementing, monitoring, and sustaining change in a collaborative way. -- Bess Scott, Principal A great book with practical advice. It provides all the tools for facilitating change dialogues with clear explanations of what is desired for answering the essential questions. -- Linda Vogel, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies


About the Author

Edie L. Holcomb is executive director of curriculum and instructional services for Kenosha Unified School District No. 1 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. She has experienced the challenges of improving student achievement from many perspectives: * From classroom teacher to university professor* From gifted education coordinator to mainstream teacher of children with multiple disabilities* From school- and district-level administration to national and international consulting* From small rural districts to the challenges of urban education She is highly regarded for her ability to link research and practice on issues related to instructional leadership and school and district change-including standards-based curriculum, instruction, assessment, supervision, and accountability. She has taught at all grade levels, served as a building principal and central office administrator, and assisted districts as an external facilitator for accreditation and implementation of school reform designs. As associate director of the National Center for Effective Schools, she developed a training program for site-based teams and provided technical support for implementation of school improvement efforts throughout the United States and in Canada, Guam, St. Lucia, and Hong Kong. She developed a comprehensive standards-based learning system for the staff and 47,000 students of the Seattle, Washington, city district and has supervised K-12 clusters of schools and evaluated principals. Her work received the Excellence in Staff Development Award from the Iowa Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development in 1988. In 1990, her study of the needs of beginning principals was recognized by the American Association of School Administrators with the Paul F. Salmon Award for Outstanding Education Leadership Research. She served as an elected member-at-large on the Leadership Council for ASCD International, played an active role in Washington State's School Improvement Assistance Program, and contributed to development of the new School System Improvement Resource Guide. Holcomb is the author of four previous books and numerous articles and reviews.

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Publication date

2nd July 2008

Author

Edie L. Holcomb

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Publisher

SAGE Publications Inc

Format

Mixed media product
Contains 1 Paperback and 1 CD-ROM
232 pages

Categories

Organization & management of education

ISBN

9781412962759

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