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How Schools Will Win the Education Revolution
By: Grant Lichtman

Foreword by Yong Zhao

Our rapidly evolving world is dramatically impacting how we view schools. Thrive shows educators how they can help their schools not only survive but thrive during rapid change.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781544381244
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2019
  • Page Count: 224
  • Publication date: October 09, 2019

Price: $39.95



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Become an irresistible school

Our rapidly evolving world is dramatically impacting how we view schools. Fortunately, we have the knowledge to not only survive, but thrive during rapid change. Other organizations have faced these evolutionary disruptions for centuries. Thrive: How Schools Will Win the Education Revolution translates this knowledge for educators. Written by Grant Lichtman, a thought leader on the transformation of education, this book will help administrators understand:
The most important concepts in creating long-term success: value, strategy, and innovation
The Five Big Tools of strategic change, to build both a comfort and capacity for change
The reality of competing in an evolving marketplace

Families are choosing from a growing menu of learning options. Your school needs a value proposition that shouts, "We are your best choice!" As an educator, you have an important role to play in winning the education revolution and making your school irresistible to your community.

Key features

The book is broken into three sections that are loaded with examples and stories from educators, schools and business.

Part I: Will define and bring together the three most important concepts in creating long-term success: value, strategy, and innovation.

Part II: Covers the Five Big Tools of strategic change. There are more than this, but these five proven tools are a great place to start. There are concrete, relatively simple ways for you and your school team to use these tools to build both a comfort and capacity for change that can improve learning and create more excitement about what your school has to offer.

Part III: Deals with the pragmatic reality of how to compete in an evolving marketplace of customer-families who have choices about how and where their kids will be educated. In these chapters I share what works for schools as well as lessons from other businesses that are very different from schools.



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Grant Lichtman

Grant Lichtman is an internationally recognized thought leader in the drive to transform K-12 education. He speaks, writes, and works with fellow educators to build capacity and comfort with innovation in response to a rapidly changing world. Since 2012, he has worked with nearly 200 school and community teams in both public and private schools, helping them to develop their imagination of schools of the future, and their places in that future. He is the author of three previous books, Moving the Rock: Seven Levers WE Can Press to Change Education; #EdJourney: A Roadmap to the Future of Education; and The Falconer: What We Wish We Had Learned in School.

For fifteen years Grant was a senior administrator at one of the largest and oldest K-12 independent schools in California with responsibilities that included business, finance, operations, technology, development, campus construction, and global studies. Before working in education, he directed business ventures in the oil and gas industry in the former Soviet Union, South America, and the U.S. Gulf Coast. He worked close to center stage in the economic and political transformation of the USSR, the end of the Cold War, and the historic opening of that communist-dominated economy to the outside world.

Grant graduated from Stanford University with a BS and MS in geology in 1980 and studied the deep ocean basins of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the Bering Sea. He and his wife, Julie, live in Poway, California. They have two grown children, Josh and Cassidy, who are doing great things to help improve our world.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Foreword Yong Zhao


About the Author



1. A Few Big Guide Rails

2. Your School’s Value Proposition

3. What Is Strategy?

4. Innovation: The Link Between Value and Strategy

5. Shifting From Strategic Planning to Strategic Design


6. Big Tool #1 : Kotter(+)—Key Steps to Effectively Changing Schools

7. Big Tool #2: Design-Based Practice

8. Big Tool #3: The Time-Tested Logic Model

9. Big Tool #4: The School Innovation Stairway

10. Big Tool #5: Understanding the School System


11. Finding the Values of Your School Community

12. Do You Know the Jobs Your School Is Hired to Do?

13. Lead Like an Architect

14. Finding Your School’s North Star

15. Building Cultures of Innovation in Schools

16. Learning from Other Successful Organizations

17. Measuring Innovation

18. Inevitable Obstacles

19. Pushing Our Horizons

Appendix I. Activities for Your Teams

Appendix II. Schools, Networks, Conferences and Book Suggestions to Help Discover “The Possible”





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