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ERIC Number: ED523194
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 144
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-0-8077-5216-9
Diagnosis and Design for School Improvement: Using a Distributed Perspective to Lead and Manage Change
Spillane, James P.; Coldren, Amy Franz
Teachers College Press
This practical resource highlights the critical importance of diagnosis and design in the work of leading and managing for school improvement. The authors maintain that today's school leaders and managers, under intense pressure to improve student learning, cannot simply adopt and implement pre-packaged reforms manufactured outside the school. Rather, to effect real reform, they must understand how leading and managing for instructional improvement gets done in their school and in turn use their diagnoses as the basis for mindful design and redesign. This book is a must-read for school administrators, teachers, stakeholders, and reformers who seek a new way to improve teaching and learning. This book draws on over 10 years of empirical study and includes detailed vignettes to examine real-world examples of school social networks. It combines distributed leadership with diagnosis and design and grounds that work in the daily life of schools. It also looks at both formal and informal aspects of the school organization and includes suggestions and tools for doing the work of diagnosis and design.
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A