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Author Larson, Robert L. (Robert Lowell), 1936-
Title Changing schools from the inside out : small wins in hard times / Robert L. Larson.
Published Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Education, c2011.
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 Floor3  LA222 .L37 2011    IN LIBRARY
Edition 3rd ed.
Description xvii, 237 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 205-223) and index.
Contents The current context for school improvement -- What research and practice teach us about change -- Schools as organizations -- Bromley and Mansfield: two case studies -- Good schools and small-scale change -- Magnifying the innovation map -- The potential of small wins and related strategies -- Levers and footings for change.
Summary At any time, public schools labor under great economic, political, and social pressures that make it difficult to create large-scale, 'whole school' change. But current top-down mandates require that schools close achievement gaps while teaching more problem solving, inquiry, and research skills, with fewer resources. Failure to meet test-based standards can produce consequences such as school closure or staff replacement. With this real-world challenge to education foremost, this book presents pertinent research and instructive case studies of two 'good' high schools. It advocates a proven strategy of small-scale, incremental change, small wins, which increases the likelihood that schools will improve despite a climate of 'do more with less.' Chapters describe the current societal context; the history of major change projects since the 1970s; the organizational and social characteristics of schools and classrooms; human factors that encourage and support improvement; the effects of technology; forces affecting teachers and principals; commonplace components of and vehicles for change; and practical 'levers and footings' for change that can have a high positive payoff.
Subject Education, Secondary -- Aims and objectives -- United States.
School improvement programs -- United States.
ISBN 9781607095286 (pbk. : alk. paper)
OCLC number 700930347