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Districts on the Move
Leading a Coherent System of Continuous Improvement

Foreword by Michael Fullan and Joanne Quinn



September 2019 | 120 pages | Corwin
Building off the framework Fullan and Quinn introduced in the International best-seller Coherence The Right Drivers in Action for Schools, Districts, and Systems, Westover presents a roadmap to help district and school leaders navigate the journey of creating a coherent system of continuous improvement. Based on more than 15 years of successful partnerships with school districts, this book includes case studies of how districts progressed over time, leadership competencies shown to be critical factors for success, tools and rubrics for action planning and guiding implementation, and reflective questions for inquiring about the current state of district systems and practices and strategies for systemic improvements efforts.

Readers will discover Benchmarks of Capacity that will serve as guideposts to
• Create clarity of district goals and school priorities for student learning
• Cultivate a culture of shared leadership and systemic collaboration
• Develop collective expertise with a coherent instructional framework
• Engage in evidence-based cycles of inquiry for continuous improvement

Learn how to lead systemic improvement that builds capacity at the classroom, school and district levels. 

 
Introduction
 
Chapter 1: Creating a Coherent System of Continuous Improvement
Leading a Coherent Path of Progress  
 
Chapter 2: Clarity of District Goals and School Priorities for Student Learning
Creating a Strategic Focus for Equitable Student Growth  
Clearly Delineating Improvement Strategies  
Leading Short Cycles of Improvement  
The Path of Progress for Little Lake City School District  
Reflecting on Key Capacity Building Strategies  
Tips for Taking Action  
 
Chapter 3: Culture of Shared Leadership and Systemic Collaboration
Serving as a Lead Learner  
Cultivating Systemic Collaboration and Co-learning  
Leading from the Middle  
The Path of Progress for Hesperia Unified School District  
Reflecting on Key Capacity Building Strategies  
Tips for Taking Action  
 
Chapter 4: Coherent Instructional Framework for Developing Collective Expertise
Creating Instructional Coherence  
Robust Collaborative Inquiry Processes  
Developing Precision of Pedagogy  
The Path of Progress for Corona-Norco Unified School District  
Reflecting on Key Capacity Building Strategies  
Tips for Taking Action  
 
Chapter 5: Evidence-based Cycles of Inquiry for Continuous Improvement
Know Thy Impact  
Evidence of Learning  
Continuous Improvement of Practices  
The Path of Progress for Rosedale Union School District  
Reflecting on Key Capacity Building Strategies  
Tips for Taking Action  
 
Chapter 6: Leading a Coherent Path for Sustainable Growth in Learning
Building Capacity to Lead Systemic Improvement  
Planning Tools for Capacity Building  
 
Chapter 7: Building Capacity to Lead Systemic Improvement
Key features
  • Case Studies taken from the author's work with over 300 schools
  • Leadership Competencies in Action
  • Practical Tools to put plans into action district by district
  • Reflection questions
  • Implementation steps
  • Foreword by Michael Fullan and Joanne Quinn
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