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Using Research to Lead School Improvement

Using Research to Lead School Improvement
Turning Evidence Into Action

February 2011 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This one-of-a-kind book takes readers beyond thinking about school improvement to leading the process of creating excellent learning environments. Beginning with fundamental principles of school leadership for grades K-12, the book demonstrates how action research and published studies can work hand-in-hand to explain the nature of student achievement gaps and the reasons that underlie them. Using examples from education leadership classrooms, research, and practice, the authors bring to life the processes of problem identification and diagnosis, developing solutions, and project implementation and evaluation.

List of Tables and Figures
ELCC Standards
Part I. Research and Leadership
1. A Structured Approach to Leading School Improvement
2. Research, Leaders, and Improving Student Performance
3. Involving Others, Forming a Team
Part II. Problem Articulation: Using Evidence to Find Improvement Needs
4. Assessing the Local Situation
5. Communicating a Message with Data
Part III. Building a Deep Understanding of the Problem
6. Getting to the Root of the Problem
7. Finding Supportive Literature
8. Understanding Research Design and Analysis
Part IV. Completing the Journey: Solutions, Actions, and Implementation
9. Identifying Solutions and Action Planning for School Improvement
10. Considering Implementation and Evaluation
About the Authors

"Hurry and get this book published. I'd like to use it in my current class. It is better than anything else I've seen. The book covers more topics than most textbooks. I like the way in includes the change process, the understanding of how to find high quality literature and research, and the understanding of the research processes. I also like the inclusion of the topic of assessing the context.

Thomas L. Alsbury
North Carolina State University

For my Education PhD candidates, this has been helpful.
It would be useful to have more non-traditional methods as well.

Dr Gina Hinrichs
School Of Business, Capella University
September 15, 2012

The text is aligned specifically with our curriculum for teaching continuous school improvment

Art Bangert
Educational Admin Dept, Montana State University - Bozeman
December 7, 2011

This book will be used as a reference for my work on program review for the MSCM program.

Professor William Moylan
School of Engineering Technology, Eastern Michigan University
April 22, 2011
Key features

Key Features:

  • Presents a step-by-step approach to problem diagnosis and school improvement.
  • Numerous activities and discussion topics help readers create critical documents such as an improvement target proposal, a research brief, and a school improvement project proposal.
  • A focus on using a deliberate process of thorough problem diagnosis helps readers avoid the common syndrome of adopting off-the-shelf "best practices" that may not fit the actual challenges faced in a reader's school or school district.
  • Practical guidelines for putting together a collaborative team and thinking about how non-team members should collaborate on different levels are provided.
  • Links to national standards help readers align with standards as they plan and implement their school improvement projects.

help readers create critical documents such as an improvement target proposal, a research brief, and a school improvement project proposal.

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