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Facilitator's Guide to Failure Is Not an Option®
6 Principles for Making Student Success the ONLY Option

Second Edition


November 2009 | 88 pages | Corwin

Demonstrate how six powerful principles can help ensure that failure is never an option!

An ideal companion to the second edition of the bestseller, Failure Is Not an Option®, this step-by-step guide provides staff developers and workshop facilitators with all the tools to help school leaders create successful, sustainable high-performing schools. Aligned with the chapters of Alan M. Blankstein's award-winning book, these activities, discussion questions, and field-tested resources demonstrate how to avoid 10 common routes to failure and are designed around six guiding principles:

  • Common mission, vision, values, and goals
  • Achievement for all students through prevention and intervention systems
  • Collaborative teaming focused on teaching for learning
  • Data-based decisions for continuous improvement
  • Active family and community engagement
  • Building sustainable leadership capacity

Reflecting the updated edition's greater emphasis on diversity, assessment for learning, intervention and support for students at risk, and schooling as a community endeavor, the facilitator's guide features

  • Field-tested resources referenced in Failure Is Not An Option®, Second Edition, including tools for applying the six principles
  • Workshop activities
  • Discussion questions
  • Chapter content summaries
  • Suggestions for further reading and reflection
  • A workshop evaluation form

The Facilitator's Guide to Failure Is Not an Option®, Second Edition is ideal for staff developers or anyone leading groups of any size—pairs, small workshops, or large seminars.

The resources in this facilitator's guide can also be found at the HOPE Foundation Web site at www.hopefoundation.org.


 
About the Author
 
How to Use This Chapter-by-Chapter Guide
 
Tips to Facilitate Discussion
 
Chapter-by-Chapter Study Guide: Failure Is Not an Option: 6 Principles for Making Student Success the ONLY Option, Second Edition by Alan M. Blankstein
 
Chapter 1. Why Failure Is Not an Option
Chapter Content Review  
Activities  
Discussion  
Further Reading  
Resources  
 
Chapter 2. Courageous Leadership for School Success
Chapter Content Review  
Activities  
Discussion  
Further Reading  
 
Chapter 3. 10 Common Routes to Failure, and How to Avoid Each
Chapter Content Review  
Activities  
Discussion  
Further Reading  
Resources  
 
Chapter 4. Relational Trust as Foundation for the Learning Community
Chapter Content Review  
Activities  
Discussion  
Further Reading  
 
Chapter 5. Principle 1: Common Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals
Chapter Content Review  
Activities  
Discussion  
Further Reading  
Resources  
 
Chapter 6. Principle 2: Ensuring Achievement for All Students?Systems for Prevention and Intervention
Chapter Content Review  
Activities  
Discussion  
Further Reading  
Resources  
 
Chapter 7. Principle 3: Collaborative Teaming Focused on Teaching for Learning
Chapter Content Review  
Activities  
Discussion  
Further Reading  
Resources  
 
Chapter 8. Principle 4: Data-Based Decision Making for Continuous Improvement
Chapter Content Review  
Activities  
Discussion  
Further Reading  
Resources  
 
Chapter 9. Principle 5: Gaining Active Engagement From Family and Community by Alan M. Blankstein and Pedro A. Noguera
Chapter Content Review  
Activities  
Discussion  
Further Reading  
 
Chapter 10. Principle 6: Building Sustainable Leadership Capacity by Alan M. Blankstein with Andy Hargreaves and Dean Fink
Chapter Content Review  
Activities  
Discussion  
Further Reading  
 
Wrap Up Your Reading With Reflection
 
Resources
Resource 1. FNO Snapshot Rubric for Educational Leaders  
Resource 2. FNO Student-Success Model and Critical-Success Factors  
Resource 3. Williamston Zoomerang Survey: Tying Professional Development to Results  
Resource 4. FNO Tuning Protocol  
Resource 5. Williamston Graphic Organizer and Rubric for Writing  
Resource 6. Williamston Professional Development Agenda  
Resource 7. Strategies for Making Time  
Resource 8. Self-Assessment  
Resource 9. Strategies for Dealing With Resistance  
Resource 10. Running River Elementary School Mission Statement  
Resource 11. Development Process for Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals  
Resource 12. Worksheet for Developing a School Improvement Plan  
Resource 13. Pyramid of Support at Coyote Ridge Elementary School  
Resource 14. Developing a System of Prevention and Intervention  
Resource 15. Instructional Learning Walks  
Resource 16. Checklist for Using Diagnostic (Preteaching) Assessments  
Resource 17. Checklist for Using Formative Assessments  
Resource 18. Checklist for Using Summative Assessments  
 
Workshop Evaluation Form

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1


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