Karen Seashore Louis and Molly F. Gordon offer a practical approach to creating a fully integrated student support community that contributes to increasing achievement levels. Incorporating research and practical strategies into a broader paradigm of leadership, they offer directives for implementing reform initiatives and rigorously assessing their effectiveness. Bridging theory and practice, this book provides:
o An examination of emerging models linking student support programs and academic achievement
o Guidelines and resources for overcoming barriers to reform
o Exercises and suggestions to help start the change process
o Case studies of principals who have successfully integrated their student support services
o An expanded comprehensive support model (CSP) that considers the multi-professional nature of student support activities
Reorganizing existing resources is the most efficient path to school reform. Rather than limiting the counsellor or social worker's role, use it to form a comprehensive support program to help improve school achievement!