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Leading Schools in Disruptive Times
How To Survive Hyper-Change



October 2017 | 272 pages | Corwin
A school leadership model for surviving hyper-change

From social media to evolving safety issues to constant school reform, today’s school leaders face unprecedented disruption. How can educators prepare students for a globalized world when many institutions are not ready for the constantly changing 21st century?

In Leading Schools in Disruptive Times, Dwight Carter and Mark White draw the blueprint for adaptation. Through the Coping, Adjusting, and Transforming (CAT) strategy, administrators will learn vital methods for keeping pace in the age of hyper-change.

A comprehensive history of disruption in American schools as a lens for understanding accelerated change 
Practical exercises and real-life examples for reshaping education in the 21st century
A grounded examination of radical disruptions schools will face in the years to come.

If our schools are to survive, it is essential for educators to understand and anticipate disruptions, and use them to maximize education and prepare students for an ever-changing world.
 
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Chapter 1. Schools Disrupted: Understanding How We Got Here
Some Background  
School Administrators Are Dealing With an Overload of Information and Demands  
The Third Wave of History Is Fueling Rapid Disruptions in Our Schools  
Schools Have Experienced Their Own Waves of Change; American Schools Are Entering the Fifth Wave of Their Development  
Processing Speeds Have Fueled Technology Disruptions and Created a New Education Landscape  
Knowledge Is Doubling at Faster Rates, Which Is Redefining Education  
If School Leaders Are Going to Thrive, They Must Use Disruptions to Their Advantage  
Activities to Transition to 21st Century Leadership and Hyper-Change  
 
Chapter 2. Types of School Disruptions: New Problems Going Viral
Understanding Disruptions and Disruptive Events  
Introducing the CAT Strategy: Coping, Adjusting, and Transforming  
Identifying the Seven Disruptions Changing Schools Today  
Finding the Disruptions in Their Own Schools  
Forming a Vision for a New Type of Leader: The Local Global Leader  
Examining Accountability Through a 21st Century Lens  
Looking to the Future  
Activities to Help Understand School Disruptions  
 
Chapter 3. Student Safety: From Innocence to the Unimaginable
A Principal’s View of Student Safety in 21st Century Education  
A Teacher’s View of Student Safety in 21st Century Education  
Tips For Maintaining Student Safety in an Age of Disruptions  
Scenarios for Applying the CAT Strategy  
Activities to Create a Safer School in the 21st Century  
 
Chapter 4. Technology: New Opportunities and New Challenges
The Impact of Technology  
Four Key Points for Leaders About Technology Disruptions  
From Myspace to Personal Devices and the Cloud  
The Difficulty of Change  
Tips for Leading Schools in an Age of Technology Disruptions  
Scenarios for Applying the CAT Strategy  
Activities to Transform With Technology Disruptions  
 
Chapter 5. Education Reforms: Searching for the Freedom to Lead and the Freedom to Teach
Living With a Warped Sense of Accountability  
Shielding Teachers and Focusing on Learning  
A Teacher’s View: The Freedom to Teach  
Teacher Preparation: Drilling Down Into the Data  
Pivoting to a Future of Rapid Change  
Tips for Leading Schools in an Age of Constant Education Reforms  
Scenarios for Applying the CAT Strategy  
Activities to Transform in Education Reform Disruptions  
 
Chapter 6. Generational Differences: Leading Boomers, X, Y, and Z in New Learning Spaces
A Closer Look at Four Generations in Our Schools  
The Administrator Leading Gen Z and Generations of Teachers  
The Learning Environment Consultant With an Optimistic View  
The Experienced Architect With a Vision for Change  
The CEO on a Journey: A New Generation and a New Mission  
Tips for Leading in Generational and Learning Space Disruptions  
Scenarios for Applying the CAT Strategy  
Activities to Lead Multiple Generations, Educate Gen Z, and Design New Types of Learning Space  
 
Chapter 7. Global Readiness: Preparing for the 2030s, 2040s, and Beyond . . .
Connecting to the World: Going Global  
A Local Global Principal With a Global Vision  
The Global Skills: Morphing and Growing With the Times  
Today’s Curriculum: Shifting to Global Skills  
Lifelong Learning Is No Longer Optional  
A Model for Transforming  
Tips for Leading Schools to Global Readiness  
Scenarios for Applying the CAT Strategy  
Activities to Lead Schools to Global Readiness  
 
Chapter 8. Diversity: New Challenges in the School Melting Pot
An Open-Door Policy  
The Growth of Ethnic Diversity in American Schools  
Welcoming Diversity: A Melting Pot or a Mosaic?  
Leading in a Climate of Fear  
Resegregation: A Growing Racial and Poverty Gap  
Racial Diversity in Middle America  
Schools: To Pray or Not to Pray  
Protecting Gay Rights: To Help Students Walking Through a Hailstorm  
Restrooms: Boys, Girls, and Genderless  
Trying to Diversify the Teaching Force  
Tips for Leading Schools in Diversity Disruptions  
Scenarios for Applying the CAT Strategy  
Activities to Lead in Diversity Disruptions  
 
Chapter 9. Transparency: The World Is Watching
It’s About Trust  
A View of Transparency From the Last Century to the Present  
Acknowledging Vulnerability and Seeking Clarity  
Tips for Leading in Transparency Disruptions  
Scenarios for Applying the CAT Strategy  
Activities to Lead in Transparency Disruptions  
 
Chapter 10. 21st Century School Assessment: More Than Test Scores
Thinking Without a Box  
A Flexible, Formative School Assessment System  
An Example of a New Assessment Instrument  
Create Your Own Plan for Leading in Disruptive Times  
 
Chapter 11. An Accelerating World: Leading Schools in an Age of Hyper-Change
A Glimpse of School Futures: Digitization, Disruption, and Democratization  
Digitization in Education  
How Education Will Be Disrupted  
How Education Will Be Democratized  
Overcoming Three Barriers  
Moving Out of Future Shock: Pausing and Balancing  
Tips for Helping Teachers: Mindfulness, Balance, and Respect  
Let’s Be Apple and Microsoft  
Activities to Lead in Hyper-Change  
 
References
 
Index

Carter and White offer school principals useful tips, suggestions, and real life examples regarding each disruption. This book does not leave the what and why to chance. It is very relevant to the issues educators face today.

Delsia Malone, Principal
W.E. Striplin Elementary School, Gadsden, AL

Leading Schools in Disruptive Times has an excellent voice, is timely, and speaks directly to topics foremost in the minds of educators. It will definitely generate engaging conversations.

Clint Heitz, Instructional Coach
Bettendorf Community School District, Bettendorf, IA

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