The rate of economic, social and technological change has increased rapidly in the last century and industrial-age organizational models are no longer capable of keeping up. Self-organization is a set of principles and practices that allow for organizations to evolve with purpose through more individual ownership, accountability, and transparency. This book is filled with examples and stories showing how organizations in other industries and education have adopted self-organization models, as well as how some school districts are implementing the structural changes required to become more agile. These types of changes are rooted in organizational culture, a refreshed mindset, and the creation of a shared consciousness. Districts working through this will feel uncomfortable, but implemented thoughtfully, they will realize more effective ways to get things done. The authors provide concrete tools that anyone in education can use in designing their teams for success. This book will also address the issue of teacher recruitment and retention.
A principal can pick this book up and find excellent advice to help her lead a school without micro-managing.
-- Melissa Wood-Glusac, English Teacher Grades 9 and 11
The NEW School Rules is inspirational, easy to read, and realistic. It offers specific, doable steps to help you get started with implementation and make strides toward becoming part of a responsive organization. Ideal for an administrative team book study.
-- Kathy Rhodes, Principal
The NEW School Rules tackles organizational change in an interesting and accessible way with adaptable tools and protocols you'll want to implement in your schools. The desired outcomes are clearly defined through an empathetic design approach.
-- Jill Gildea, Superintendent
Discussions about improving education inevitably gravitate to things-curriculum, standards, assessments, technology, professional learning. In The NEW School Rules, Anthony Kim and Alexis Gonzales-Black make a highly compelling case that to fundamentally improve education we must focus on process-specifically, the organizational management, structure, and practice that governs how decisions are made. The authors provide school administrators with an accessible how-to guide for implementing the kinds of organizational changes that will lead to real improvements in student outcomes.
-- JD Solomon, Editorial Director
When we take something as beautiful and life-giving as education, and find that managing the institutions that provide it is soul-crushing, we know something is very wrong. The NEW School Rules shows us the problem, offers an alternative vision of educational administration, and gives us the practical tools to unlock new energy in ourselves and our colleagues. Every administrator should read this book.
-- Matthew Kramer, CEO
The NEW School Rules offers a critical and timely framework to ensure that future generations are equipped to thrive in a rapidly-changing world.
-- Tony Hsieh, CEO, Author
Super practical rules for school change with stated problems, lessons, and experiments you can try tomorrow. The NEW School Rules provides guidance on defining the work, encouraging experimentation, sharing leadership, accepting ambiguity, and turning schools into learning organizations. It is a must-read for leaders of teachers, schools, and systems.
-- Tom Vander Ark, Author
Every school district should read and digest The NEW School Rules
. In it, Anthony Kim and Alexis Gonzales-Black make a major contribution to how schools should create teams, organize, and plan to profoundly and positively impact students, teachers, and the community. -- Michael Horn, Co-Author
The NEW School Rules is a concrete, battle-tested roadmap for leaders who want to do right by kids by having the courage to help adults embrace change. As a superintendent of ten years (in Newark and New York), I led bold teams that were relentlessly focused on turning around systems that had been failing kids for decades. The central thesis of The NEW School Rules - that districts and schools must fundamentally rethink how they are organized in order to become more responsive, agile, innovative and, ultimately, effective - is spot on. What I appreciate most is that the book is both visionary and evocative - and also practical and instructive. We must build education institutions that put kids' needs in an ever-evolving world ahead of everything else.
-- Cami Anderson, Former Superintendent
The NEW School Rules asks the right questions and poses the right experiments to shift districts and schools to an increased focus on student learning. Kim and Gonzales-Black combine smart practices for running a great organization with the realities faced in many of America's schools. Preparing every student to succeed in the 21st Century requires that educators work collaboratively to increase the quality of education.
-- Tim Parker, President
The NEW School Rules recognizes that adults in the educational system have to learn, evolve, and grow if students are to succeed in an ever-changing world. I wish I'd had this book years ago!
-- Dale Erquiaga, President/CEO