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The NEW School Rules
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The NEW School Rules
6 Vital Practices for Thriving and Responsive Schools



January 2018 | 216 pages | Corwin

Actions to increase effectiveness of schools in a rapidly changing world

To stay relevant and impactful, organizations from the military to government agencies to businesses must constantly evolve. Organizations that cling to rigid structures designed for less dynamic times are stuck in routines that don’t get results.  Instead of withstanding a structure built for the industrial age, how can we empower our schools to be nimble and equipped to prepare their students for this new world?

The NEW School Rules expands cutting-edge organizational and management strategies into an operating system for responsive schools. These principles and practices provide the framework for transitioning rigid, slow-moving institutions into environments of continuous innovation.

  • 6 simple rules create a unified vision of responsiveness among educators
  • Real life case studies illustrate responsive techniques implemented in a variety of educational demographics
  • 15 experiments guide school and district leaders toward increased responsiveness in their faculty and staff

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Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction: Why We Need New Organizational Practices for Thriving Schools and Students Today
The Promise of Responsiveness

 
How Responsive Organizational Thinking Evolved

 
How This Book Is Designed

 
A Note About Who This Book Is For

 
 
CHAPTER 1. PLANNING: Plan for Change, Not Perfection
When Plans Are More Important Than Our Purpose

 
Planning Without Learning

 
Control Is Confused With Planning

 
Build Roadmaps, Not Manuals

 
Use Cadences and Pivot Points, Not Just Schedules and Deadlines

 
Encourage Testing, Experiments, and Responsiveness

 
EXPERIMENT 1. Define a Clear Purpose

 
EXPERIMENT 2. Delineate Between What You Know and What You Anticipate

 
 
CHAPTER 2. TEAMING: Build Trust and Allow Authority to Spread
We’re Dragged Down by the Slow and Unwieldy Legacy of Hierarchies

 
Land Grabs Are Still Too Common

 
When Everyone and No One Is Responsible

 
Clarify the Purpose of Every Team . . . and Revisit It

 
Build Trust and Address Tensions

 
Develop Effective Team Habits That Support Distributed Authority

 
Embrace Dynamic Team Structures That Evolve and End

 
EXPERIMENT 3. Offer Feedback as Data

 
EXPERIMENT 4. Team Meeting Protocol

 
 
CHAPTER 3. MANAGING ROLES: Define the Work Before You Define the People
Job Descriptions Get in the Way

 
Role Overwhelm (and Underwhelm)

 
Put a Role’s Purpose Before Politics

 
Separate Roles for Personal Clarity and Smarter Decisions

 
Value Each Voice as a Human Sensor

 
EXPERIMENT 5. Role Mapping

 
EXPERIMENT 6. The One-Question Technique

 
EXPERIMENT 7. Guidelines for Being an Effective Sensor

 
 
CHAPTER 4. DECISION MAKING: Aim for “Safe Enough to Try” Instead of Consensus
The Cycle of Meeting Paralysis

 
The Risks of Delayed Decision Making

 
The False Promise of Consensus . . . or Defaulting to a Decider-in-Chief

 
Get Aligned and Clear Out the Noise

 
Decide on Things You Can Decide On: Make Decisions Smaller

 
Fail Forward: Approach Planning and Big Decisions as Decision Cycles

 
EXPERIMENT 8. Three Language Shifts for Decision-Making Discussions

 
EXPERIMENT 9. Protocol for a Starting Proposal

 
EXPERIMENT 10. Default to Yes and Defend No—One Decision at a Time

 
 
CHAPTER 5. SHARING INFORMATION: Harness the Flow and Let Information Go
A False Sense of Transparency

 
Information Has an Expiration Date

 
Accept Ambiguity

 
Think of Others: Apply the Reverse Precautionary Principle

 
Ask for What You Need: Apply the Lesson of Self-Advocacy

 
Plan Communication as a Process, Not an Event

 
EXPERIMENT 11. Say “Thank You” for Asking

 
EXPERIMENT 12. The 3 × 3 Rule

 
 
CHAPTER 6. THE LEARNING ORGANIZATION: Schools Grow When People Grow
“Best Practices” Are Inhibiting Learning and Innovation

 
There Isn’t Learning Without Listening

 
The Mindset of Efficiency

 
Use the Physical Environment to Build a Learning Environment

 
Promote Optimal Zones of Learning (for Adults as Well, Not Just Kids)

 
Develop a Learning Mindset: The Stance of Agent, Not Subject

 
Face the Truth

 
EXPERIMENT 13. Start a Reflection Practice

 
EXPERIMENT 14. Create a Habit of Learning Every Day

 
EXPERIMENT 15. Personal Portfolios

 
 
A Responsive Roadmap: Beginning the Shift to New Organizational Practices
Three Dimensions of Change

 
A Plan for Implementation

 
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

 
List of New Rules and Lessons

 
List of Experiments

 
 
References
 
Index

The NEW School Rules recognizes that adults in the educational system have to learn, evolve, and grow if students are to succeed in an ever-changing world. I wish I’d had this book years ago!

Dale Erquiaga, President/CEO
Communities in Schools
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