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November 2012 | 256 pages | Corwin

Improve student achievement by transforming schools as an SIS expert!

As a current or transitioning school improvement specialist, you are entrusted with helping schools turn around their performance. Now there is a proven process that can strengthen your effectiveness as well. Deb Page and Judith Hale, SIS authorities, guide new and transitioning SIS professionals in applying high-leverage practices that result in systemic, sustainable, school-wide improvement. The School Improvement Specialist Field Guide offers the voice and counsel of a trusted coach while addressing how to:

  • Establish enduring interventions with viable tools and methods
  • Use time-tested processes to teach 21st century skills to educators and students alike
  • Seamlessly align improvement practices to the updated Institute for Performance Improvement Standards
  • Transition smoothly into the school improvement specialist role

With easy-to-use tools and protocols—both in the guide and online—you'll have the support you need to facilitate improvement. Follow the improvement process that leads to success for you, your students, and your school!

"Purposeful, intentional facilitation of the school improvement process builds a school staff's capacity and skills for continuous improvement that lasts beyond the consultant or leader. This book provides a framework, tools, and strategies for effective facilitation."
—Bess Scott, Director of Elementary Education
Lincoln Public Schools, NE

"There is an abundance of ideas from which an improvement specialist could develop and implement a successful school improvement process. It was great to see facilitation strategies as part of the resources provided."
—Gayle Wahlin, Educational Consultant
DuPage Regional Office of Education


 
Preface
Audience for this Book  
 
Acknowledgments
Acknowledgments  
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
Applying Human Performance Technology to the Certification of School Improvement Specialists  
How the Certification for School Improvement Specialists Evolved  
How this Field Guide is Organized  
The Ten Standards  
Standard 1: Analyze and Apply Critical Judgment  
Standard 2: Facilitate Deriving Meaning and Engagement  
Standard 3: Focus on Systemic Factors  
Standard 4: Plan and Record  
Standard 5: Organize and Manage Efforts and Resources  
Standard 6: Guide and Focus Collaborative Improvement  
Standard 7: Build Capacity  
Standard 8: Demonstrate Organizational Sensitivity  
Standard 9: Monitor Accountability and Adoption  
Standard 10: Implement for Sustainability  
Application for Certification  
CSIS Performance Foundations  
Mission  
Vision  
Values  
Performance Criteria  
 
1. Analyze and Apply Critical Judgment
Real World Challenge -- Bailey’s Story Part 1  
Standard 1: Analyze and Apply Critical Judgment  
Facilitating the Collection and Interpretation of Data  
Demonstrating Deep Knowledge  
Presenting Evidence That Supports Conclusions  
An Example of an Effective Application of Standard 1  
An Example of a Less Effective Application of Standard 1  
Reflection  
Power Points  
Summary  
 
2. Facilitate Deriving Meaning and Engagement
Real World Challenge -- Bailey’s Story Part 2  
Standard 2: Facilitate Deriving Meaning and Engagement  
Creating Meaning  
Identifying Systemic Performance Factors  
Categorizing Performance Factors  
Comprehending Implications  
Building Supportive Relationships  
Establishing Norms  
Developing Agendas  
Facilitating Group Communication  
Building Commitment  
Using Stories  
Gaining Commitments  
An Example of an Effective Application of Standard 2  
An Example of a Less Effective Application of Standard 2  
Reflection  
Power Points  
Summary  
 
3. Focus on Systemic Factors
Real World Challenge -- Bailey’s Story Part 3  
Standard 3: Focus on Systemic Factors  
Identifying Systemic and Interdependent Factors  
Selecting a Suite of Aligned Interventions  
Building Higher Order Skills  
An Example of an Effective Application of Standard 3  
An Example of a Less Effective Application of Standard 3  
Reflection  
Power Points  
Summary  
 
4. Plan and Record
Real World Challenge -- Bailey’s Story Part 4  
Standard 4: Plan and Record  
Recommending What Works  
Developing the Plan  
Communicating the Work Ahead  
Documenting the Decisions  
An Example of an Effective Application of Standard 4  
An Example of a Less Effective Application of Standard 4  
Reflection  
Power Points  
Summary  
 
5. Organize and Manage Efforts and Resources
Real World Challenge -- Bailey’s Story Part 5  
Standard 5: Organize and Manage Efforts and Resources  
Chunking the Work into Manageable Steps  
Distributing the Work  
Coordinating and Orchestrating  
An Example of an Effective Application of Standard 5  
An Example of a Less Effective Application of Standard 5  
Reflection  
Power Points  
Summary  
 
6. Guide and Focus Collaborative Improvement
Real World Challenge -- Bailey’s Story Part 6  
Standard 6: Guide and Focus Collaborative Improvement  
Starting with Your Inner Circle  
Reaching out to a Wider Circle  
Aligning Performance Foundations and Targets  
Providing Relevant Information  
Modeling the Right Behaviors  
Taking on the Hard Decisions  
An Example of an Effective Application of Standard 6  
An Example of a Less Effective Application of Standard 6  
Reflection  
Power Points  
Summary  
 
7. Build Capacity
Real World Challenge -- Bailey’s Story Part 7  
Standard 7: Build Capacity  
Using Effective Adult Interventions  
Coaching and Giving Feedback  
Asking Questions  
Facilitating Study  
Facilitating Sharing  
Facilitating Adoption  
An Example of an Effective Application of Standard 7  
An Example of a Less Effective Application of Standard 7  
Reflection  
Power Points  
Summary  
 
8. Demonstrate Organizational Sensitivity
Real World Challenge -- Bailey’s Story Part 8  
Standard 8: Demonstrate Organizational Sensitivity  
Establishing Credibility  
Following Accepted Rules  
Demonstrating Professionalism  
Valuing Others’ Positions and Views  
Keeping People Engaged  
An Example of an Effective Application of Standard 8  
An Example of a Less Effective Application of Standard 8  
Reflection  
Power Points  
Summary  
 
9. Monitor Accountability and Adoption
Real World Challenge -- Bailey’s Story Part 9  
Standard 9: Monitor Accountability and Adoption  
Paying Attention Purposely  
Taking Corrective Action  
Addressing Underperformance  
Recognizing and Communicating  
Aligning  
An Example of an Effective Application of Standard 9  
An Example of a Less Effective Application of Standard 9  
Reflection  
Power Points  
Summary  
 
10. Implement for Sustainability
Real World Challenge -- Bailey’s Story Part 10  
Standard 10: Implement for Sustainability  
Ensuring Continuity  
Transferring Ownership  
Facilitating Evaluation  
Gaining Commitment  
Improving Continuously  
An Example of an Effective Application of Standard 10  
An Example of a Less Effective Application of Standard 10  
Reflection  
Power Points  
Summary  
 
Appendix
Readiness Assessment  
 
References
 
Resources
 
Index

Supplements

"Purposeful, intentional facilitation of the school improvement process builds a school staff's capacity and skills for continuous improvement that lasts beyond the consultant or leader. The School Improvement Specialist Field Guide provides a framework, tools and strategies for effective facilitation."

Bess Scott, Director of Elementary Education
Lincoln, NE

"In The School Improvement Specialist Field Guide, there is an abundance of ideas from which an Improvement Specialist could develop and implement a successful school improvement process. It was great to see facilitation strategies as part of the resources provided."

Gayle Wahlin, Educational Consultant
DuPage Regional Office of Education, Downers Grove, IL
Key features
Numerous cases, data analysis examples, Tips and Techniques sections, and figures as well as Tools to Help Capture Data or other needs such as Self-Assessment. The book also features and is built around The Certified School Improvement Specialist Standards that outline the steps and knowledge needed to become a certified school specialist or improve the reader's work as an improvement consultant.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1: Analyze and Apply Critical Judgment


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