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Implementing NCLB
Creating a Knowledge Framework to Support School Improvement



March 2006 | 208 pages | Corwin
Implementing the No Child Left Behind Act is a monumental task, and Paul Kimmelman shows readers how to overcome the obstacles and challenges to meeting NCLB's rigorous requirements.

Starting with a concise overview of the origins—and inevitability—of NCLB, Kimmelman then introduces a knowledge framework to build organizational capacity. Acquiring, managing, and using data are key to making informed decision making and empowering everyone in the school—and this increased organizational capacity is key to improving schools.

Implementing change is hard work, and Kimmelman includes lessons in leadership from education, science, and business. The book includes examples of current practices, research, strategies and reflective questions, and action ideas to help leaders and leadership teams move these ideas into practice.


 
Foreword by Denis Doyle
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgements
 
About the Author
 
1. What Education Events Led to NCLB
 
2. Using Knowledge to Build Organizational Capacity
 
3. Knowledge Acquisition
 
4. Knowledge Management
 
5. Knowledge Implementation
 
6. Stories of Courageous Leadership
 
7. Final Words
 
Resource A: Tibbott Case Study
 
Resource B: High School Reform
 
References
 
Index

"I believe this book should be read by every administrator and teacher leader. It provides a framework for schools to address the need for continuous school improvement in order to meet the expectations of NCLB."

Theron J. Schutte, Superintendent
Boone Community School District, IA

"This inspirational book provides a convincing and compelling call to action. Kimmelman provides plenty of practical examples and moves easily between specific applications and the big picture."

Michael Fullan, Professor
OISE, University of Toronto

“This is a must-read book for anyone who cares about NCLB. By owning up to the difficulty of implementation—and proffering real ideas for meeting NCLB’s challenges—it provides the armature for essential reform and improvement efforts.”

From the Foreword by Denis P. Doyle

" . . . an important guide to thinking about how to create the infrastructure to support sustained school improvement. Kimmelman's extensive experience as an educator coupled with his understanding of policymaking and research allow him to transcend the silos that too often constrain thinking about these issues."

Andrew J. Rotherham, Co-Director Education Sector, Senior Fellow Progressive Policy Institute
Member, Virginia Board of Education

"Kimmelman takes a positive view on NCLB, and his writing assumes a 'make no excuses' tone. He believes educators should stop expending time and effort debating NCLB and concentrate their efforts on raising student achievement levels."

The School Administrator, December 2006
American Association of School Administrators
Key features
  • Concise and focused guide to NCLB
  • Explores the policies and politics that led to NCLB--and which are essential to understand in order to successfully implment NCLB
  • Includes lessons in leadership from educators, scientists, explorers, and entrepeneurs who have triumphed over obstacles as great as NCLB
  • Practical examples that move between the "big picture" and specific school applications
  • Each chapter includes reflective questions and action ideas, making it perfect for school teams

Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword

Preface

Chapter 1


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