This updated edition shows school leaders how to become powerful agents of school change. The author provides 55 tools to aid in the transformation and reform process, allowing all participants to develop skills that foster communication, consensus, and schoolwide support. This valuable resource outlines twelve roles based on the four main functions of effective facilitators: leading the collaboration and change process, providing skills training, acting as a resource consultant, and motivating and energizing the group.
"Shows leaders of the educational change process how to develop the flexibility, openness, and trust needed to make change as painless and effective as possible. By acquiring the skills of the facilitator, leaders of the change process will know how to navigate uncharted pathways, develop the required skills of their fellow participants, communicate openly and honestly, seek consensus, make intelligent decisions, and solve problems amidst the dynamics of the change process itself and among the many different constituencies that are part of the process." -- From the Foreword by Arthur L. Costa
"The book deals with an time-sensitive and time-intensive topic, and its worth will only be known when it is purchased and used by serious educational entities." -- Lori Grossman, Instructional Coordinator for Professional Development Services
"The principles and ideas presented are not just for school improvement. Many of the materials can be used for an entire gamut of situations. There is something for everyone." -- Lyndon Oswald, Principal
Foreword by Arthur L. CostaAcknowledgmentsAbout the AuthorIntroduction to the New EditionIntroductionPart 1. Process Leader1. The Architect Sees the Big Picture2. The Carpenter Builds Consensus3. The Contractor Steers the ProcessPart 2. Skills Trainer4. The Coach Devises Strategies5. The Quarterback Leads the Team6. The Sportscaster Announces the GamePart 3. Resource Consultant7. The Producer Organizes the Project8. The Director Overcomes Obstacles9. The Promoter Advertises SuccessesPart 4. Group Energizer10. The Conductor Stayes True to the Score11. The Concertmaster Harmonizes the Environment12. The Critic Celebrates the PerformanceEpilogueAppendicesReferencesIndex