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Battling the Hamster Wheel(TM)

Strategies for Making High School Reform Work

The author takes a hard look at the state of high school reform and identifies the elements that keep us "running on the wheel." Includes built-in book study and facilitator’s guide.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781412917834
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2005
  • Page Count: 136
  • Publication date: January 28, 2013

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Looking for effective strategies and best practices to break the cycle of ineffective school reform implementation?

Author Grace Sammon takes a sobering look at the state of high school reform and identifies the elements that keep us "running in place", rather than making progress on a road to success. Battling the Hamster Wheel™ offers research-based insights and strategies, stories from the field, and humor to help lead change agents and school leaders in a reform process to build the school communities they seek to create. It also provides the skills to establish and sustain the critical elements for schools' success:

  • Demonstrating high expectations and a matching vision
  • Building capacity to create a true climate for success
  • Thinking small and dreaming big
  • Engaging in legitimate community support
  • Thriving with strong, sustained, and shared leadership
  • Effectively aligning and managing resources
  • Understanding the importance of time

This insightful resource includes a built-in book study and facilitator's guide for school boards, administrators, teachers, consultants, and students of education, and for professional development events.

Key features

- Practical, accessible language with humorous and poignant examples

- Rich array of "from the field" stories reflecting the national picture on school reform along with solid data and research regarding the state of the American high school

- A clear understanding of the state of stalled school reforms

- A metaphor that will enable them to identify when they are making gains and when they are "on the hamster wheel"

- Specific steps to take to build success in schools

- A challenge to get off and stay "off the wheel"



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Grace Sammon

Grace Sammon, president and founder of GMS Partners, Inc., is an educator, school reformer, consultant, “coach,” speaker, and internationally recognized author. She has spent nearly twenty years working in one of the United States’ toughest institutions, the American high school. She has inspired change and fostered improvement in schools, districts, and government organizations nationally through her upbeat advice and sound, practical recommendations. GMS Partners, Inc. is an educational consulting firm dedicated to enhancing school communities through a focused effort on vision, alignment of resources, planning, coaching, professional development, and a commitment to continuous improvement. Under Ms. Sammon’s leadership, GMS Partners, Inc. has worked in thirty-two states across the nation, with a focus on whole-school improvement. She is the cofounding director of the National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC) and the Executive Director of the Business Institute for Educators. Her clients have included schools and school systems at the state and district level, nonprofits, and the U.S. Departments of Defense, Education, Health and Human Services, and Navy. 
Ms. Sammon has authored Battling the Hamster Wheel:TM Strategies for Making High School Reform Work, eight manuals on school-to-career transition, and articles on organizational change, school partnerships, and staff development. She created Metro MANIA: The Great Train Ride Through Washington, a board and street experience game to facilitate student use of public transportation while they gain an appreciation for the employment and cultural offerings of the nation’s capital. She has also authored five integrated curricular pieces for use in middle schools and a teen pregnancy prevention curriculum and training manual.

She earned her Master’s Degree in Education at The Catholic University of America. She has ten years’ experience in higher education administration and has served as an adjunct university professor and a long-term substitute teacher. Her professional notes include listings in Who’s Who in American Education and being named Outstanding Business Person of the Year by Future Business Leaders of America. In the spring of 1996, she was appointed to the U.S. Secretary of Defense’s Joint Civilian Orientation Council. She has two children, Brian and Kate Loewe, who continue to inspire her with their commitment to justice and equity, and to improving the communities they serve.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents



About the Author

1. The Battle Begins

2. The Skunk Is on the Table

3. D.U.C.K.S. Come in F.L.O.C.K.S

4. Glass Balls and Hedgehogs

5. The Simple Truth



Book Study and Facilitation Guide



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