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Good to Great to Innovate
Recalculating the Route to Career Readiness, K-12+

Foreword by Michael Fullan, Epilogue by Andy Hargreaves



September 2014 | 312 pages | Corwin

Published in Association with Ontario Principals' Council

Guide your students to a successful future in the new economy

How can schools best prepare students for the highly competitive job market and global economy? This compelling book presents a transformative approach to college and career readiness within the public education system, based on data and best practices contributed by outstanding schools on five continents. 

Written for education leaders at all levels, this resource shows how to

  • Design an innovative  Pathways approach to career readiness  that empowers students as informed decision-makers
  • Integrate career training into curriculum through a network of local community partners 
  • Develop an approach to life-skill preparation, K-12+, that is inclusive of all. 

Learn how educators—and entire school systems—can consistently support career development, helping students find rewarding paths forward.

To learn more, please visit www.goodtogreattoinnovate.com.

"Congratulations  and thanks Sharratt and Harild for this inspirational look at Innovation as the next step to move school systems from Good to Great. The examples and advice shared throughout this book and it's precursor, Putting FACES on the Data have been catalysts for leading my team to thoughtful collective action within our K- 12 Family of Schools as we create pathways for The Literate Graduates together."
—Joy Uniac, Superintendent of Education
Peel District School Board, Ontario, Canada



"Through extensive research and practical examples, this outstanding book puts forward a compelling case for structured, collaborative inquiry processes to achieve success for ALL students.”
—Janelle Wills, Director
Marzano Institute Australia



"Without question the job market demands agility, resourcefulness, innovation and fearlessness. The authors of Good to Great to Innovate brilliantly map the DNA of a relevant education.”
—Debbie Hedgepeth, Assistant Superintendent
Vail Unified School District, USA

 
List of Figures and Tables
 
Foreword by Michael Fullan
 
Preface
 
1. Charting the Course
Understanding Current Structures  
Setting a Course for Recalculation  
Mapping Pathways to Career Readiness  
Navigating Pathways to Career Readiness  
From Good to Great to Innovate  
 
2. Leadership Matters!
Leadership Context Matters  
Leadership Roles Matter  
Motion Leadership Matters  
Innovation Leadership Matters  
What Matters Most in Leading Innovation?  
Breaking Barriers  
From Good to Great to Innovate  
 
3. All FACES Matter!
Relentless Pursuit to Excellence and Achievement - Matters!  
Shared Beliefs and Understandings  
An Inclusive Equitable Learning Community: Constructing Pathways Together Matters  
A Culture of Innovation and Mutual Respect  
From Good to Great to Innovate  
 
4. Closing the Gap to Raise the Bar
Data Matters!  
Foundational Literacy Skills Matter!  
Getting Started  
From Good to Great to Innovate  
 
5. Choice Matters!
Learning Journeys  
Clearing the Pathway Congestion  
Clearly Articulated Pathways Matter!  
Shared Learning: What's Working?  
From Good to Great to Innovate  
 
6. Skilled Teachers Matter!
Knowledge Building and Knowledge Creation  
Collaborative Inquiry as Knowledge Mobilization  
Experiential Learning Is for Everyone!  
From Good to Great to Innovate  
 
Epilogue by Andy Hargreaves
 
Appendices
Appendix A: Recalculating the Route: Striking a New Leadership Balance  
Appendix B: Detailed Explanation of How Individual Lenses of the Innovation Leadership Prism Are Relational  
Appendix C: Tips for Parents  
Appendix D: Sample Pathways Questions  
Appendix D Continued: Sample Student Pathway Questions  
Appendix E: Career Pathways in Agriculture & Career Pathways for Health Care Settings in York Region  
Appendix F: Co-Teaching Cycle  
Appendix G: Sample Pathway Tracking  
Appendix H: Student "Innovation Mindset" Self-Assessment Sheet  
Appendix I: Exploring Opportunities Program (EOP) Credit Accumulation  
Appendix J: Personalized Placement Learning Plan (PPLP)  
Appendix K: Forms of Experiential Learning  
 
References

"Congratulations and thanks Lyn Sharratt and Gale Harild for this inspirational look at Innovation as the next step to move school systems from Good to Great. Lynn and Gale have synthesized current research and put forward real-life case studies to demonstrate that students succeed when there is an acute focus on instructional practice that is elevated by shifts in teacher mind-set and leadership development. The authors have cleverly presented complex data and research using straightforward language and graphics. This enticing approach will help educators clearly understand that the attainable solutions presented in each chapter will support every student. The examples and advice shared throughout this book and it's precursor, Putting FACES on the Data have been catalysts for leading my team to thoughtful collective action within our K- 12 Family of Schools as we create pathways for literate graduates together."

Joy Uniac, Superintendent of Education
Peel District School Board, Ontario, Canada

"Through extensive research and practical examples, this outstanding book puts forward a compelling case for structured, collaborative inquiry processes to achieve success for ALL students. We are reminded of the importance of maintaining a relentless focus, keeping alignment at all levels and feedback processes where feedback is both given and received. Significantly, the authors show that attention to perception data, particularly those of students, is vital in order to move from Good to Great to Innovate. The emphasis on student voice and collaboration between all stakeholders, elements too often lacking in previous school improvement conversations, sets this book apart and lays the foundation for leaders at all levels to challenge the ‘status quo’."

Janelle Wills, Director
Marzano Institute Australia

"Without question the job market demands agility, resourcefulness, innovation and fearlessness. How will the education community respond?  The authors of Good to Great to Innovate brilliantly map the DNA of a relevant education. Our call: to strip barriers and envision unlimited pathways to success."

Debbie Hedgepeth, Assistant Superintendent
Vail Unified School District

"The authors are to be applauded for advocating it is time for education leaders and skilled teachers to re-claim their role in the dynamic processes of educational change, particularly in the current context of the complex ‘social drivers’ identified early in the text. Innovative approaches to setting the course for career readiness and fostering positive attitudes to life-long learning are presented and supported with a veritable smorgasbord (including input from over forty-one jurisdictions around the world), of supports, resources and guidance systems to assist all students in finding their own ‘True North’."

Susan E. Elliot-Johns, Ph.D.
Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University
Key features
Through survey collection and shared experiences the book will attempt to capture the problem-solving, creativity and innovation that is currently occurring across our classrooms, schools, districts, and continents. By sharing stories and strategies the authors will explore the conditions for success, common to all, as well as challenge the reader to consider conditions yet to be uncovered. The best thinkers and authorities in Leadership will introduce/reflect on and conclude this book.

Foreword by Michael Fullan
Reflections at the end of each chapter:
  • Chapter 1: Avis Glaze
  • Chapter 2: Ken Leithwood
  • Chapter 3: Alma Harris 
  • Chapter 4: Louise Stoll
  • Chapter 5: Yong Zhao
  • Chapter 6: Suzie Boss
  • Epilogue: Andy Hargreaves

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