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From Silos to Systems

From Silos to Systems
Reframing Schools for Success

November 2010 | 224 pages | Corwin

"Educators and policymakers need to add to their toolbox for implementing reform this outstanding new book by Kilgore and Reynolds. It is rare to find such a well-written volume that explains how to reorganize schools into more effective enterprises using clear examples grounded in rich scientific studies. For those faced with how to make things happen and work smarter, this excellent book delivers on both."
—Barbara Schneider
John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University

Transform your school's culture from the inside out

You're stunned by the increase in student absenteeism this year and wonder what is causing it. There may be multiple factors, but few administrators have the luxury of investigating them all. From Silos to Systems provides specific application steps for engaging all staff in a systematic approach to dealing with the various causes of schoolwide problems. School leaders who have used this approach find numerous benefits:

  • Teachers have a way for their voices to be heard.
  • Principals spend less time trying to integrate all the concerns of various advisory groups.
  • Strong cross-cutting ties that spur collaboration emerge among teachers.
  • Educators realize more dramatic results from their efforts.

The book also includes current research on developing a positive school climate, improving professional learning opportunities, utilizing data analysis to identify and resolve instructional and behavior issues, and the effective use of technology in schools.

Sally Kilgore talks about using the book:

List of Figures and Tables
About the Authors
Section I
1. Why Reframe Professional Lives of Educators?
2. Essential Structure for Reframing Professional Life in Schools
3. Essential Processes for Teamwork
4. Managing Change Successfully
5. Barriers and Pitfalls
Section II
6. School Culture and Climate
7. Data Analysis
8. Family and Community Partnerships
9. Curriculum and Instruction
10. Technology
11. Professional Development

"The authors' work experience in over 400 low performing schools provides a platform to develop a successful working model to improve schools."

Randel Beaver, Superintendent
Archer City ISD, TX

"The authors have clearly spent serious time in the 21st century schoolhouse. This book’s highly integrated presentation speaks to their fluency in the current language of teachers and instructional leaders. It should be required reading for every principal in America. Clear, powerful, accurate, and provocative writing."

Rob Kesselring, Head Guide and CEO of
Uncommon Seminars LLC, Apple Valley, MN

"Educators and policymakers need to add this outstanding book to their toolbox for implementing reform. This well-written volume explains how to reorganize schools into more effective enterprises and cites clear examples grounded in rich scientific studies. For those faced with how to make things happen and work smarter, this excellent book delivers on both!"

Barbara Schneider, John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor
Michigan State University

"For a principal looking to reorganize the information flow within the building, this book would be a good place to start. It is a quick read and any of the last six chapters could be pulled out and studied individually."

Justin B. Henry, Superintendent
Goddard Public Schools, Goddard, Kansas
School Administrator, April 2012
Key features
The content of the proposed book will include both "broad brush strokes" and detailed instructions for implementing Systems Leadership practices. Readers will understand the rationale for organizing school differently, the specific leadership challenges in implementing it, and the benchmarks in six core domains that will allow school staff to profile their school practices against those known to be important in highly effective schools. Numerous tables, charts, and examples will be included to ground the content in reality.

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