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Harness the Power of Reflection

Continuous School Improvement From the Front Office to the Classroom
By: Ron Nash

Ron Nash shows how to replace “whatever” with “whatever it takes” through this professional development program focused on individual reflection. Includes examples from successful schools nationwide.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12, Elementary, Secondary
  • ISBN: 9781412992671
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2011
  • Page Count: 200
  • Publication date: June 07, 2012

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"Anyone in the education field would benefit from reading this book. Ron Nash expertly weaves in case studies illustrating the topic of each chapter. He has inspired me to continue to focus on improvement in my school."
—Jill Broaddus, Principal
Cool Spring Elementary, Leesburg, VA

Elevate your team's attitude from "whatever" to "whatever it takes"

Seasoned educator Ron Nash shares the results of his visits to schools where "we will do better" has replaced "whatever" as the official mantra. His findings will inspire school staff members to embark on their own continuous improvement journeys and model that experience for their students. This book provides a framework for individual reflection and evaluation of schools' processes as part of a professional development program. Ideally, all staff members will be on board. But even with less than 100% support, each person can make a difference. The results speak for themselves:

Inspired and empowered staff members

  • Active classrooms with engaged students who enjoy school
  • A customer service-oriented culture where parents feel welcome and valued
  • A schoolwide commitment to sustaining improvement efforts

Included are strategies, action items, processes, and examples from successful programs nationwide. From the classroom to the lunchroom, students learn from those around them. By modeling commitment, self-renewal, and persistence in the face of difficulties, we are teaching skills that will serve students well in adulthood.



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Ron Nash

Ron Nash, President of Ron Nash and Associates, Inc., founded his company in 2007 after retiring from the Virginia Beach City Public Schools to help schools and teachers become more effective professionals. His previous roles include teaching at middle and high school levels, serving as Middle School Social Studies Coordinator, and joining the Office of Organizational Development as a specialist and acting director. Ron holds a Bachelor's degree from Clarion State College and an M.A. in History. As a professional educator, he conducts interactive nationwide workshops aimed at improving student engagement in K-12 classrooms through strategies such as academic conversations, paired verbal fluency, and conversation flipside.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents



About the Author


1. Going Viral With Improvement

2. Change and the Status Quo

3. School Environment as Accelerant

4. Classroom Environment as Accelerant

5. Systematizing Process Improvement in the Classroom

6. Facilitating the Long Haul

7. Not Waiting for the "Go!"

8. Asking Questions and Getting Started


Appendix A. Processes Into Systems: Building Level

Appendix B. Building-Level Improvement Example

Appendix C. Processes into Systems: Classroom Level

Appendix D. Classroom-Level Improvement Examples





Price: $39.95
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