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The School Improvement Specialist Field Guide

This guide offers the counsel of a trusted coach while addressing systemic and sustainable improvement processes for boosting student performance and turning around struggling schools!

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781452240893
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2012
  • Page Count: 256
  • Publication date: November 08, 2012

Price: $46.95

Description

Description

Improve student achievement by transforming schools as an SIS expert!

As a current or transitioning school improvement specialist, you are entrusted with helping schools turn around their performance. Now there is a proven process that can strengthen your effectiveness as well. Deb Page and Judith Hale, SIS authorities, guide new and transitioning SIS professionals in applying high-leverage practices that result in systemic, sustainable, school-wide improvement. The School Improvement Specialist Field Guide offers the voice and counsel of a trusted coach while addressing how to:

  • Establish enduring interventions with viable tools and methods
  • Use time-tested processes to teach 21st century skills to educators and students alike
  • Seamlessly align improvement practices to the updated Institute for Performance Improvement Standards
  • Transition smoothly into the school improvement specialist role

With easy-to-use tools and protocols—both in the guide and online—you'll have the support you need to facilitate improvement. Follow the improvement process that leads to success for you, your students, and your school!

"Purposeful, intentional facilitation of the school improvement process builds a school staff's capacity and skills for continuous improvement that lasts beyond the consultant or leader. This book provides a framework, tools, and strategies for effective facilitation."
—Bess Scott, Director of Elementary Education
Lincoln Public Schools, NE

"There is an abundance of ideas from which an improvement specialist could develop and implement a successful school improvement process. It was great to see facilitation strategies as part of the resources provided."
—Gayle Wahlin, Educational Consultant
DuPage Regional Office of Education


Key features

Numerous cases, data analysis examples, Tips and Techniques sections, and figures as well as Tools to Help Capture Data or other needs such as Self-Assessment. The book also features and is built around The Certified School Improvement Specialist Standards that outline the steps and knowledge needed to become a certified school specialist or improve the reader's work as an improvement consultant.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface


Audience for this Book

Acknowledgments


Acknowledgments

About the Authors


Introduction


Applying Human Performance Technology to the Certification of School Improvement Specialists

How the Certification for School Improvement Specialists Evolved

How this Field Guide is Organized

The Ten Standards

Standard 1: Analyze and Apply Critical Judgment

Standard 2: Facilitate Deriving Meaning and Engagement

Standard 3: Focus on Systemic Factors

Standard 4: Plan and Record

Standard 5: Organize and Manage Efforts and Resources

Standard 6: Guide and Focus Collaborative Improvement

Standard 7: Build Capacity

Standard 8: Demonstrate Organizational Sensitivity

Standard 9: Monitor Accountability and Adoption

Standard 10: Implement for Sustainability

Application for Certification

CSIS Performance Foundations

Mission

Vision

Values

Performance Criteria

1. Analyze and Apply Critical Judgment

Real World Challenge -- Bailey’s Story Part 1

Standard 1: Analyze and Apply Critical Judgment

Facilitating the Collection and Interpretation of Data

Demonstrating Deep Knowledge

Presenting Evidence That Supports Conclusions

An Example of an Effective Application of Standard 1

An Example of a Less Effective Application of Standard 1

Reflection

Power Points

Summary

2. Facilitate Deriving Meaning and Engagement

Real World Challenge -- Bailey’s Story Part 2

Standard 2: Facilitate Deriving Meaning and Engagement

Creating Meaning

Identifying Systemic Performance Factors

Categorizing Performance Factors

Comprehending Implications

Building Supportive Relationships

Establishing Norms

Developing Agendas

Facilitating Group Communication

Building Commitment

Using Stories

Gaining Commitments

An Example of an Effective Application of Standard 2

An Example of a Less Effective Application of Standard 2

Reflection

Power Points

Summary

3. Focus on Systemic Factors

Real World Challenge -- Bailey’s Story Part 3

Standard 3: Focus on Systemic Factors

Identifying Systemic and Interdependent Factors

Selecting a Suite of Aligned Interventions

Building Higher Order Skills

An Example of an Effective Application of Standard 3

An Example of a Less Effective Application of Standard 3

Reflection

Power Points

Summary

4. Plan and Record

Real World Challenge -- Bailey’s Story Part 4

Standard 4: Plan and Record

Recommending What Works

Developing the Plan

Communicating the Work Ahead

Documenting the Decisions

An Example of an Effective Application of Standard 4

An Example of a Less Effective Application of Standard 4

Reflection

Power Points

Summary

5. Organize and Manage Efforts and Resources

Real World Challenge -- Bailey’s Story Part 5

Standard 5: Organize and Manage Efforts and Resources

Chunking the Work into Manageable Steps

Distributing the Work

Coordinating and Orchestrating

An Example of an Effective Application of Standard 5

An Example of a Less Effective Application of Standard 5

Reflection

Power Points

Summary

6. Guide and Focus Collaborative Improvement

Real World Challenge -- Bailey’s Story Part 6

Standard 6: Guide and Focus Collaborative Improvement

Starting with Your Inner Circle

Reaching out to a Wider Circle

Aligning Performance Foundations and Targets

Providing Relevant Information

Modeling the Right Behaviors

Taking on the Hard Decisions

An Example of an Effective Application of Standard 6

An Example of a Less Effective Application of Standard 6

Reflection

Power Points

Summary

7. Build Capacity

Real World Challenge -- Bailey’s Story Part 7

Standard 7: Build Capacity

Using Effective Adult Interventions

Coaching and Giving Feedback

Asking Questions

Facilitating Study

Facilitating Sharing

Facilitating Adoption

An Example of an Effective Application of Standard 7

An Example of a Less Effective Application of Standard 7

Reflection

Power Points

Summary

8. Demonstrate Organizational Sensitivity

Real World Challenge -- Bailey’s Story Part 8

Standard 8: Demonstrate Organizational Sensitivity

Establishing Credibility

Following Accepted Rules

Demonstrating Professionalism

Valuing Others’ Positions and Views

Keeping People Engaged

An Example of an Effective Application of Standard 8

An Example of a Less Effective Application of Standard 8

Reflection

Power Points

Summary

9. Monitor Accountability and Adoption

Real World Challenge -- Bailey’s Story Part 9

Standard 9: Monitor Accountability and Adoption

Paying Attention Purposely

Taking Corrective Action

Addressing Underperformance

Recognizing and Communicating

Aligning

An Example of an Effective Application of Standard 9

An Example of a Less Effective Application of Standard 9

Reflection

Power Points

Summary

10. Implement for Sustainability

Real World Challenge -- Bailey’s Story Part 10

Standard 10: Implement for Sustainability

Ensuring Continuity

Transferring Ownership

Facilitating Evaluation

Gaining Commitment

Improving Continuously

An Example of an Effective Application of Standard 10

An Example of a Less Effective Application of Standard 10

Reflection

Power Points

Summary

Appendix


Readiness Assessment

References


Resources


Index


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