How helpful is the material within this book? Extremely! Navigating the prolific amount of advice and research available on school and system improvement proved to be a complex challenge when some of us started on that journey in 2010 in the Northern Territory. Having key partnerships and the intellectual input from many of the people and organizations credited in the preface of this book enabled a grassroots initiative to grow to a system-wide and systemic improvement journey with impact that continues today.
"Building to Impact seeks to address one of the most perplexing issues currently facing education. That is, despite the best efforts of thousands of educationalists across the world, the long-term effects of educational underperformance, currently being highlighted and exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, continues to disproportionately affect and marginalize the poor and those from ethnic and cultural minorities.
"Educational research and books on teaching and learning are filled with advice on effective practices, but research shows that very little of that advice translates into a positive impact on student achievement. Hamilton, Reeves, Clinton, and Hattie propose that it’s an implementation issue, and in this book, they clearly lay out how schools can effectively improve on that."
"Building to Impact is an extensive field manual for achieving quality implementation of evidence-based practices in schools. Readers are guided through a process that will help them think through the complexities involved in making what’s supposed to work actually work in their schools and districts. The authors have done an excellent job synthesizing and distilling key concepts from implementation science literature. The Appendices are a huge added bonus."
"The mystery of implementation has been solved. We can take ideas and innovations and ensure that they are taken to scale. The processes outlined in this book take us from the discovery phase through design and delivery, but it doesn't stop there. The authors provide systems that allow educators to double-back and double-up, which allow us to monitor our progress and determine impact.
"This book is an excellent tool for analyzing ways to identify and overcome seemingly intractable problems in education. Five rigorous and compelling stages of designing, implementing, and evaluating systematic school improvement are offered. The focus on methodology regardless of educational priority is refreshing and will provide teams with a powerful route map. Building to Impact is not to be missed."
"Did your educational improvement project run into the sand? Here’s why, and how to succeed next time. This book provides bottled wisdom you can’t afford to ignore. I so wish I'd had this impressive book 30 years ago."
"It would be tempting to dumb down the complexity of implementation. Through clear concepts, superb diagrams, and multiple tools, these authors avoid oversimplification and show how to achieve results through a systematic and thorough approach."
"The authors present a rigorous approach that I believe represents the state-of-the-art in school improvement...Right now, I know of no better guide to this process than the book you have in your hands."
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