Beyond School Improvement: The Journey to Innovative Leadership

Beyond School Improvement: The Journey to Innovative Leadership by Davidovich, Robert D. 1412971403 9781412971409
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Educators??need to provide schools and learning opportunities that will prepare??students to be successful in an unpredictable world. This requires??educational leaders to lead teachers, parents, and community not only through improvement but also into innovation. Many authors in the field of education are writing about how to improve teaching and learning. Our premise is that improvement is not enough; classrooms and schools need to innovate at the same time they need to improve. New leadership skills and practices are essential to nurture a culture of improvement and innovation. This book will assist leaders in understanding when and how to improve and when and how to innovate. This book will help leaders connect with the new science on change and will provide skills, practices, and tools for creating and leading educational systems that will prepare our students for the world that will be theirs. The knowledge base is generated from complexity theory, new science, systems thinking, change, and innovation.??Trends in the external environment are used to encourage readers to look beyond the comfort zone of accepted practice in order to consider the merits of improvement and innovation. The knowledge base and our beliefs come together to present the concept of boundaries of perception and the attributes of innovation. These set the backdrop for examining five essential practices (hold courageous conversations; embrace dissonance; change field of vision; be a gardener and a mechanic and reframe, reflect, relate,) as well as to make connections to four change elements; dissonance, identity, information, and order. The book uses stories, quotes, reflections, and a call to action for leaders as they seek balance within themselves, their classrooms, and their organizations.

Author: Davidovich, Robert D.

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 248

Publisher: Corwin

Publication Date: 2009-11-16


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