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School Systems That Learn
Improving Professional Practice, Overcoming Limitations, and Diffusing Innovation



December 2012 | 208 pages | Corwin
When school systems learn, professional practice improves and student achievement increases

Picture this: Teachers sharing insights and challenges. Principals leading with trust. Central office leaders inspiring and supporting principals. A synergistic learning system that results in all students succeeding. This practitioner's guide to creating a system-wide learning organization focuses on professional learning as the stimulus to improving student achievement. Experienced superintendents Paul Ash and John D'Auria provide a blueprint to:

- Improve schools through system-wide professional learning

- Increase student achievement by instilling a deep-rooted culture of curiosity

- Bolster faculty and staff morale with trust-building initiatives

- Align professional development with student-centered district standards


 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
1. Six Reasons Why School Systems Don’t Educate All Students at High Levels
 
2. The Four Right Drivers of Change
 
3. The Importance of Trust
 
4. Collaboration in All Directions: Elevating the Importance of Teamwork
 
5. Capacity Building for All Educators
 
6. Leaders at All Levels
 
7. Why Building a K-12 Learning School System Is so Difficult
 
8. Whole School System Change and the Diffusion of Innovation
 
Index

"Paul B. Ash and John D'Auria draw on their deep understanding of school districts to help explain why so many American students are left behind. Their solution—to build the capacity of educators through collaboration and honest reflection—should make their book required reading for anyone who aspires to educational leadership."

Karin Chenoweth, co-author, Getting It Done: Leading Academic Success in Unexpected Schools

"School Systems That Learn applies and extends organizational learning research to the K-12 school system context – an ambitious idea that is long overdue. Rooted in the authors' combined sixty years of experience in school leadership, the book shows how school systems that nurture and support the learning and development of their educators can produce higher achievement for all students. This is a carefully developed and immensely practical guide for educators on how to build trust, develop collaborative capacity, and foster leadership at all levels – from the classroom teacher to the superintendent."

Amy C. Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School
Author, Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate and Compete in the Knowledge Economy

"The authors use their collective experiences to promote the development of a school system in which all district staff and board members work together to improve all aspects of the educational experience. The authors emphasize the shift from individual mindsets to collegiality and collective responsibility, featuring trust, collaboration, capacity building and leadership opportunities cultivated at all levels of the organization."

School Administrator, August 2014
Key features
(1) Grounded in the idea that system-wide professional learning is the key lever for school improvement and achievement for all students.

(2) Explores four essential drivers that collectively create learning at all levels of the system: a climate of trust; effective leadership at all levels; capacity-building; collaboration.

(3) Unique system-wide perspective: rather than focusing on improvement within a single school, this book explores the characteristics of a K-12 school system working as a learning unit, capable of nimbly responding to change, and focused on meeting the varied needs of all students.

(4) Strong practitioner orientation: one of the authors -- a district superintendent -- implemented the principles of this book in a high-achieving school district in Massachusetts.  The Lexington Public Schools district was acknowledged for it's outstanding Professional Development program in the November 10, 2010 issue of Education Week.

(5) Powerful concluding chapter on whole system change and diffusion of innovation.

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ISBN: 9781452271989
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