This fascinating book, written by two experts in school improvement, is for teachers and school leaders who are looking for ways to raise the organizational intelligence quotient (OIQ) of their classrooms and their schools. It is ideal for those who perceive themselves as the facilitators of learning - for students, for colleagues and for themselves. If schools are to be transformed and transformative, teacher-learners will lead the way. Simplistic and superficial approaches to improving student learning simply don't work. School improvement isn't a technical challenge; it is an adaptive one. It requires a change not just in behaviors and skills, but in values, beliefs and even identity.
William Powell has served as an international school educator for the past 30 years in the United States, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Indonesia, and Malaysia. From 1991 to 1999, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of the International School of Tanganyika in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and from 2000 - 2006 as Head of the International School of Kuala Lumpur. Ochan Kusuma-Powell received her doctorate from Columbia University and has developed and implemented inclusive special education programs in the USA, Indonesia, Malaysia and Tanzania. She is an associate trainer for the Center for Cognitive Coaching and Adaptive Schools. Bill and Ochan are the co-authors of Count Me In! Developing Inclusive International Schools (2000), Making the Difference: Differentiation in International Schools (2007), Becoming an Emotionally Intelligent Teacher (2010) and How to teach now: Five Keys to Personalized Learning in the Global Classroom (2011). Bill and Ochan are currently working on a project, The Next Frontier: Inclusion to support the inclusion of special needs children in international schools. They are focusing their attention on teacher professional development, school leadership and governance training and serve as consultants for Education Across Frontiers (Bpowell@eduxfrontiers.org). When they are are not facilitating teacher workshops or speaking at conferences, Bill and Ochan can be found in the French Pyrenees where they fight (together with a handful of sheep) an annual battle with the European bramble.
Acknowledgements Preface: Who is this book for? Chapter 1: What is the OIQ factor? Chapter 2: Developing an OIQ focus: teacher leadership for learning Chapter 3: Emotional intelligence and the OIQ factor Chapter 4: Working smarter, not harder Chapter 5: The power of collaborative inquiry Chapter 6: Organizational intelligence and the inclusion of students with special needs Chapter 7: Leading adult learning Chapter 8: Schools have developmental stages, too Chapter 9: Measuring and growing our OIQ factor Chapter 10: Bringing it all together