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Radically Excellent School Improvement

Radically Excellent School Improvement
Keeping Students at the Center of It All

July 2024 | 104 pages | Corwin

Six Steps to Improving Outcomes for Every Student

When gaps keep ambitious instruction and engaging learning experiences out of reach of every student, including students with disabilities, those learning English, and others who tend to be left out of school improvement plans, it's time for radical excellence!

Radically Excellent School Improvement presents a model for ambitious improvement and tireless focus that ensures every student grows, thrives, and achieves to their fullest potential. It provides district and school leaders with a bold blueprint for designing, implementing, and monitoring a comprehensive school improvement process for radical excellence. Inside, you'll find:

  • A six-step school improvement process that ensures all students have access to high-quality instruction
  • Ways for districts and schools to ensure they meet legal and ethical standards
  • Figures, examples, case studies, end-of-chapter summaries, and appendices

Written by a transformational leader with years of experience leading districts and states toward equitable, integrated, and inclusive services for all, this resource is a must-read for education leaders who aspire to create a learning environment focused on providing every student the opportunity to achieve.

Chapter One: The School Improvement Process Unpacked
Chapter Two: The Higher Standard
Chapter Three: The Double Helix System of Support
Chapter Four: The Pareto Principle
Chapter Five: Coaching Is the Connecting Fiber of Improvement
Chapter Six: Students are at the Center of It All
Chapter Seven: An IEP is the Vehicle for FAPE
Chapter Eight: Alignment is a Force Multiplier
Chapter Nine: Be The Flow

"In this immensely practical book, Dr. Kate Anderson Foley provides a blueprint for equity at the classroom, school, and district level. The appendices provide specific tools that can be used to conduct an equity audit and, more importantly, to take specific steps to address inequities. Anderson Foley makes the starling claim that when schools get equity right, it helps not only students with special needs, but all students in the system. Therefore, this book is not just for those with responsibility for special education, but for all teachers and leaders who have a commitment to equity. With compelling evidence and insights from her roles in state and district leadership, the author takes equity out of the realm of rhetoric into the domain of fact-based leadership and practice."  

Douglas Reeves
Author, "Fearless Schools"

"When you read Radical Excellence, you immediately see how to aim and plan for a quality educational system. Dr, Foley's experience is powerful, and her expertise in special education is second to none. Too many educators and school leaders are caught up in the hamster wheel of a process designed to meet the needs of a process designed to meet the needs of a few students. Kate Anderson Foley has built a resource that truly leads to school improvement happen. A must read for all who claim to be passionate about education."

Barbara J. Smith, Ph.D
ZPD School Curriculum Design

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