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Moving Upward Together : Creating Strategic Alignment to Sustain Systemic School Improvement - Francis M. Duffy

Moving Upward Together

Creating Strategic Alignment to Sustain Systemic School Improvement

Paperback Published: 2nd April 2004
ISBN: 9781578860982
Number Of Pages: 304

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If school districts want to maintain a high level of performance and sustain improvements that have been achieved during this period of large-scale, whole-district transformation, district leaders need to align their district, both vertically and horizontally. Alignment assures that the work of individuals supports their team goals, the work of teams supports their school's goals, the work of schools supports their clusters, and the work of clusters supports the district's grand vision and strategic direction. This groudbreaking work presents qualitative information about the nature of strategic alignment in school systems and how to create and sustain it. Duffy combines this knowledge with information about how school districts function as systems, about the requirements of strategic planning, and presents a structured, experience-based methodology for transforming school systems. Any and all change-leaders in school districts will benefit from the information Duffy presents. Additionally, school board members and policymakers should be interested. Graduate students taking courses on systemic change in school districts ought to find the book helpful. The book is particularly useful for those change-leaders and policymakers who either want to transform their districts to meet the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence or to satisfy the requirements of No Child Left Behind.

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Moving Upward Together has much to offer to anyone interested in true school reform and how school districts can improve and sustain the improvement. Duffy targets 'any and all change leaders and policymakers.' The book is also valuable to school board members and graduate students interested in systemic change in school districts. It serves as a tool for a systemic, comprehensive, and strategic methodology for transforming school districts, but more importantly, it ignites our courage and passion for ensuring that our schools and school systems are the best they can be.--Pamela Salazar, Ed.D., assistant professor of Educational Leadership, University of Nevada, Las Vegas "Journal Of School Public Relations "

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxii
First Things First: Foundational Knowledge for Transforming School Systemsp. 1
Prologue to Policymaking: Understanding the Legacy of School-Based Reform and the Promise of Districtwide Transformationp. 3
Systems Thinking, System Dynamics, and Systemic Changep. 19
Strategic Thinking and Strategic Planningp. 59
Strategic Change Leadership to Transform School Systemsp. 77
The Power of Mental Modelsp. 103
The Future in the Present Tense: How to Transform an Entire School Systemp. 125
Step-Up-To-Excellence: An Eagle's View of the Methodologyp. 127
Step-Up-To-Excellence: The Pre-Launch Preparation Phasep. 145
Step-Up-To-Excellence, Step 1: Redesign the Entire Districtp. 169
Transition Managementp. 179
Create and Sustain Strategic Alignmentp. 193
Step-Up-To-Excellence, Steps 2 to 4: Create Strategic Alignmentp. 195
New Brooms Sweep Clean: Sustaining Change When There's a Revolving Door on the Superintendent's Officep. 241
Step-Up-To-Excellence, Step 5: Evaluate Whole-System Performancep. 249
Epiloguep. 271
Indexp. 277
About the Author and Series Editorp. 282
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ISBN: 9781578860982
ISBN-10: 1578860989
Series: Leading Systemic School Improvement
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 2nd April 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.71 x 15.14  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.49