Sponsored by the League of Professional Schools<br> <br> "Understanding school reform is a daunting task. A Guide to Renewing Your School goes a long way in communicating essential information about reform in a clear-cut manner."<br> --Childhood Education<br> <br> In Renewing America's Schools, Carl D. Glickman--founder of the League of Professional Schools--made the case for basing school improvement efforts on democratic values and principles. He proposed a three-part framework for reform that would enable schools and communities to create successful change in their schools and discussed how states and districts could support their efforts. In this companion volume, the authors provide detailed instructions on how Glickman's framework can be implemented at the school level.<br> <br> A Guide to Renewing Your School is based on years of practical experience, numerous case examples, and empirical studies from the League of Professional Schools, a reform network based in Georgia. This hands-on book guides school practitioners through the essential steps of a reform process: (1) designing a covenant to guide teaching and learning, (2) creating a shared governance process to promote democratic leadership and decision making, and (3) implementing action research to assess the reform process. The authors also address the challenges of change, such as how to create a school climate that will foster implementation of the framework and how to determine the type of facilitation and staff development needed to sustain this work. Filled with sample covenants, charters, mission statements, worksheets, forms, and other tools, A Guide to Renewing Your School presents not only a coherent framework, but useful strategies for promoting school-wide renewal and improvement.
"Understanding school reform is a daunting task. A Guide to Renewing Your School goes a long way in communicating essential information about reform in a clear-cut manner, with little jargon, making it easily understood by parents, teachers, and administrators.... A Guide to Renewing Your School is not a prescription for practice, but rather a systemic format that is applicable to every school. The book contains numerous illustrations and self-monitoring guides to facilitate the assessment of a school's implementation efforts." (Childhood Education)
"What my colleagues have done in this book is write a guide and companion--not a prescription--for all those educational leaders (principals, teachers, staff, parents, community members, district and union personnel) who are committed to the promise of education and a fully functioning democracy." (Carl D. Glickman, University Professor of Social Foundations of Education and chair, Program for School Improvement, The University of Georgia, Athens)
"This book is more than a practical guide; it is an inspiration. Underlying the numerous strategies and examples for implementing the League's framework for school improvement are the democratic values that inform and sustain the effort. It is a guide for both heart and mind." (Charles A. Ott, assistant superintAndent, Portsmouth School District, New Hampshire)
"A Guide to Renewing Your School connects ideas and makes abstract concepts concrete in a way that will help schools new and old create or modify a plan for implementing change and reform." (Gwendolyn M. Mayfield, principal, Leonora P. Miles Elementary School, Atlanta, Georgia)
"An essential and valuable guide to how the framework of the League of Professional Schools works. Key lessons about what it means to implement the three core requirements of the model--shared governance, covenant, and action research." (Michael Fullan, dean, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto)
Understanding the Framework for School Renewal.
Creating a Covenant for Teaching and Learning.
Designing a Charter for Shared Governance.
Using Action Research to Monitor Progress.
Applying the Lessons of Change.