10 Strategies for Doubling Student Performance
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10 Strategies for Doubling Student Performance



© 2009 | 192 pages | Corwin

"In this highly readable book, Allan Odden vividly illustrates many of the most important practices for creating strong professional communities. From the organization of time to the development of productive curriculum and instruction, school leaders will learn how to create a framework for school reform grounded in research and the wisdom of practice."
—Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education
Stanford University

"Odden not only thinks big, he provides specific examples from real school districts to support his ten-step program. His systemic analysis of school district improvement and specific examples create a road map for the nation."
—Jack D. Dale, Superintendent
Fairfax County Public Schools, VA

"Odden offers a sound program of ten steps school leaders can implement to significantly improve student academic achievement in their districts."
—Daniel A. Domenech, Executive Director
American Association of School Administrators

A road map for school improvement with dramatic, measurable results!

This companion book to Doubling Student Performance by Allan R. Odden and Sarah J. Archibald brings to life ten strategies for achieving significant, measurable gains in student performance. School and district leaders can use the examples, stories, and resources in this book to create a research-based school improvement plan. To guide educational leaders in their improvement work, the book:

  • Focuses on issues over which schools and districts have control, such as setting ambitious goals, changing the curriculum, using data to make decisions, and using time effectively and efficiently
  • Offers detailed case studies from real schools that provide clear steps and specific tools for putting the strategies into action
  • Provides an entire chapter devoted to recruiting and developing top talent, especially for high-needs schools

10 Strategies for Doubling Student Performance helps educators drive substantial gains in student achievement and effectively use resources to invest in what works in education reform.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About The Author
 
1. Understanding the Performance Challenge
Pressure to Improve Performance  
Analyzing State Student Test Data  
Conducting Curriculum Standards Audits  
Summary  
 
2. Set Ambitious Goals
Beyond Motivational Theory  
Beyond the Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations  
Setting Very High Goals  
Thinking Big Is Quintessentially American  
Summary  
 
3. Change the Curriculum Program and Create a New Instructional Vision
Adopting New Textbooks and Instructional Visions  
Assessing Effectiveness of Curriculum and Instructional Approaches  
Collaborative Work  
Summary  
 
4. Benchmark and Formative Assessments and Data-Based Decision Making
Overview of Benchmark and Formative Assessments  
Benchmark and Formative Assessments in Montgomery County, Maryland  
A Comment on Value-Added Measures  
Summary  
 
5. Provide Ongoing, Intensive Professional Development
The Features of Effective Professional Development  
Examples of Professional Development Programs  
Summary  
 
6. Using Time Efficiently and Effectively
Extending the School Year and Day  
Better Uses of Time  
Summary  
 
7. Extend Learning Time for Struggling Students
Some Contextual Points  
Time During the Regular School Day  
Time Outside the Regular School Day but Within the Regular School Year  
Time Outside the Regular School Year  
Summary  
 
8. Collaborative Cultures and Distributed Leadership
A Collaborative School Culture  
Structuring Collaborative Cultures  
Distributed Leadership  
Summary  
 
9. Professional and Best Practices
Indicators of Acting Professionally  
Not Doing It Alone  
Summary  
 
10. The Human Capital Side of Doubling Student Performance
Overview  
First, Recruit Top Talent  
Second, Develop Top Talent  
Sometimes Initial Talent Turnover Is Required  
Summary  
 
11. Putting It All Together: The Dramatically Improving School
The 10 Core Elements of the Improving School  
Summary  
The Kennewick Approach to Dramatic Improvement  
 
References

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1


"In this highly readable book, Allan Odden vividly illustrates many of the most important practices for creating strong professional communities that can leverage high-quality instruction for the students who need it most. From the organization of time to the recruitment of teachers and leaders to the development of productive curriculum and teaching, school leaders will learn how to create a framework for school reform grounded in research and the wisdom of practice."

Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University
Faculty Sponsor, School Redesign Network

"Odden offers a sound program of 10 steps school leaders can implement to significantly improve student academic achievement in their districts. The author's focus on research-based strategies and effective use of educational resources resonates with district leaders, as do the real-world case studies of schools that have succeeded using this model."

Daniel A. Domenech, Executive Director
American Association of School Administrators

"Allan Odden has once again created a succinct and compelling framework to dramatically improve the performance of our nation’s students, district by district. Odden not only thinks big, he provides specific examples from real school districts to support his 10-step program. Unlike others' suggestions, he provides a comprehensive, doable framework that should be a standard reference book in any superintendent's office. His systemic analysis of school district improvement and specific examples to fill in that framework create a road map for the nation. Let's get to work."

Jack D. Dale, Superintendent
Fairfax County Public Schools, VA

"This book provides a confluence of successful programs, instructional strategies, and ideas for the alignment of resources to guide principals and site and district office staffs. This compendium of programs and strategies for struggling schools will save educators time as they plan their work."

Glen Ishiwata, Superintendent
Moreland School District, San Jose, CA

"As a career educator, I am always looking for ways to improve instruction and increase student learning. This manuscript is thought provoking and provides a variety of specific ways to reach the goal of real, sustainable school improvement."

Judy Brunner, Author, Educational Consultant
Instructional Solutions Group
Key features

  • Provides a clear, research-based, ten-strategy roadmap for doubling student performance.
  • Contains case studies to illustrate each step
  • Ends with an entire chapter on how to find the "talent" to implement the powerful strategies described in the book, particularly for schools and districts with large numbers of low income and minority students.
  • Focuses on issues over which schools and districts have control such as setting ambitious goals, changing the curriculum, using data to make decisions, using time effectively and efficiently, etc. rather than on issues over which schools and districts have little control (such as reducing poverty, improving health care, and making neighborhoods safer).

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