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Optimize Your School
It's All About the Strategy

Foreword by Michael Fullan



© 2016 | 312 pages | Corwin

Lead the change that you want to see in your school!

Is your school or district heading in the right direction? In this essential guide for leaders, Lee Jenkins shows how to unite and energize your team as never before, while helping your students to love learning and crave achievement. 

A trusted advisor to numerous districts, Jenkins knows how to successfully transform school culture – for the long-term. Beginning with an introduction from scholar Michael Fullan, each chapter presents compelling insights and strategies for leaders, addressing how to

  • Evolve your leadership style to guide, empower and serve
  • Apply the principles of continuous strategic improvement as an antidote to win/lose approaches to school accountability
  • Develop a healthy, positive culture of achievement by deeply engaging your students in their own progress and success

Turn to this resource and prepare to lead positive change, from the classroom to the staff room and beyond.

"This book creates a whole picture approach to school improvement while shunning the current top down model in favor of a school-led plan. The approach not only increases school performances, but values the school-level leadership and instructional faculty."
Amanda Mayeaux, Career Management Specialist
Iberville Parish Schools


“If your district is ready to move from arbitrary to observable, from fractured to focused, and from silos to systems, you’ve found the book that can move entire organizations from a goal mindset to a growth mindset. Lee Jenkins provides common-sense strategies that impact the efficiency and effectiveness of our classrooms, with a clear focus on student growth. In an educational era saturated with the latest remedy for what ails us, Lee provides a refreshing cure by offering simple solutions for lasting change.” 
Dr. Jane Stavem, Associate Superintendent for Instruction
Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln, NE

 
Foreword by Michael Fullan
 
Preface
 
Introduction
 
Part I. Continuous Strategic Improvement for Optimization
 
Chapter 1. Continuous Improvement: Placing Wheels on Servant Leadership
 
Chapter 2. Adding Strategic to Continuous Improvement
 
Chapter 3. Efficiency: Removing Waste
 
Chapter 4. Effectiveness: Testing Countermeasures
 
Part II. The Classroom First and Foremost
 
Chapter 5. Continuous Strategic Improvement: Classroom
 
Chapter 6. Student Experts: The Standards
 
Chapter 7. Practices That Support Powerful Standards
 
Part III. Continuous Strategic Improvement for Instructional Leadership
 
Chapter 8. Optimization With the Radar Chart
 
Chapter 9. The Strategic Plan
 
Chapter 10. Alignment and Stabilization
 
Chapter 11. Strategies Worth Testing
 
Chapter 12. The Dichotomous Rubric and Performance Expectations
 
Part IV. Optimizing Human Resources and Finance
 
Chapter 13. Human Resources
 
Chapter 14. Finance and Operations
 
Part V. Creating a Culture of Continuous Strategic Improvement
 
Chapter 15. Classroom: Teacher Experts in Continuous Strategic Improvement
 
Chapter 16. The Role of the Principal With Continuous Strategic Improvement
 
Chapter 17. Reflection
 
Part VI. Results
 
Chapter 18. Data and Statistics: From a Continuous Strategic Improvement Perspective
 
Chapter 19. Conclusion and Challenge
 
Resources
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

"This book creates a whole picture approach to school improvement while shunning the current top down model in favor of a school-led plan. The approach not only increases school performances, but values the school-level leadership and instructional faculty."

Amanda Mayeaux, Career Management Specialist
Iberville Parish Schools

"If your district is ready to move from arbitrary to observable, from fractured to focused, and from silos to systems, you've found the book that can move entire organizations from a goal mindset to a growth mindset. Lee Jenkins provides common-sense strategies that impact the efficiency and effectiveness of our classrooms, with a clear focus on student growth. In an educational era saturated with the latest remedy for what ails us, Lee provides a refreshing cure by offering simple solutions for lasting change."

Dr. Jane Stavem, Associate Superintendent for Instruction
Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln, NE

"Lee Jenkins has made a profound impact on the teachers in the Norman Public Schools. His work on engaging students and continuous school improvement has changed our focus and definition of learning. He has inspired classroom teachers, administrators, and district level personnel to set and achieve high expectations for all students." 

Dr. Joe Siano, Superintendent
Norman Public School , Norman, OK
Key features
  • Meant to guide leaders as they create excelling schools and school systems.
  • The strategic aspect of CSI is in the right standards, the delivery of successful instruction, and in “waste” removal. 
  • Frequent use of graphs and charts make implementation as easy as possible.

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