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The TurnAround ToolKit: Managing Rapid, Sustainable School Improvement

The TurnAround ToolKit: Managing Rapid, Sustainable School Improvement

By: Joan L. Herman (author), Lynn S. Winters (author)Paperback

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Lynn Winters's and Joan Herman's The Turnaround Toolkit is written for school leaders who are focused on transforming instruction, and who may be working under significant time constraints to reverse declining student achievement or public perceptions of school failure. Based on the evidence that simply implementing "continuous improvement" is not enough to close the achievement gap, The Turnaround Toolkit provides a nine-step formative evaluation programme designed to achieve an immediate and consistent focus on improving instruction in order to bolster student achievement. In a straightforward and accessible fashion, Herman and Winters explain three overarching "Turnaround Tasks" that frame these steps and the necessary-and sometimes drastic-actions that must be taken by school leaders as they use data to strategically choose, implement, monitor, and revise school interventions. A dedicated, online "toolkit" offers numerous worksheets and templates that support each stage of the process and help school leaders scaffold the work of educators to put an aggressive turnaround plan into action while a leadership guide at the end of the book provides guidance to turnaround teams and facilitators.

About Author

Lynn Winters was the Assistant Superintendent for Research Long Beach Unified School District, nationally recognized by the President and the Broad Prize for implementing systems for data guided decision making. She currently consults for Urban School Imagineers training urban school data teams and evaluating an urban school leadership training program. Prior positions include Lecturer in Social Research Methods at the UCLA Graduate School of Education, high school teaching (history, Spanish and Special Education); county office assessment consultant; Director of Research for Palos Verdes Schools; and Project Director for three grants at the UCLA National Center for Evaluation, Student Standards and Testing.She has co-authored two books with Joan Herman of UCLA CRESST, A Practical Guide to Alternative Assessment,(ASCD) and Tracking Your School's Success (Corwin Press), and is a reviewer for Practical Assessment, Research and Evaluation (PARE), the AERA journal Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis (EEPA, and Educational Assessment. In addition, she has over a dozen published journal articles and regularly presents at the American Educational Research Association's Annual Meeting. Joan L. Herman is Director of the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) at UCLA. Her research has explored the effects of accountability and assessment on schools and teachers and the design of assessment systems to support school planning and instructional improvement. Her recent work has focused on the quality and consequences of teachers' formative assessment practices. She also has wide experience as an evaluator of school reform. Dr. Herman is noted in bridging research, and practice, particularly in applications serving English Language Learners and at-risk students. Among her books are Tracking Your School's Success: A Guide to Sensible School-Based Evaluation; and A Practical Guide to Alternative Assessment, both of which have been popular resources for schools across the country. A former teacher and school board member, Dr. Herman is an elected AERA fellow, has published extensively in research journals and is a frequent advisor to prominent national and state research and development initiatives, including repeated service to the National Academy. She is past president of the California Educational Research Association; has held a variety of leadership positions in the American Educational Research Association, National Organization of Research Centers, and Knowledge Alliance; chairs the Para Los Ninos school board, and is current editor of the research journal, Educational Assessment.


Foreword by Carl A. CohnPublisher's AcknowledgmentsAbout the AuthorsIntroductionPart I. The 3 Rs of Turnaround Work: Realign, Redesign, RefineSection I. Realign: Create the Structures for Turnaround Work1. Develop Systems for Managing Turnaround Activities: Distributed Leadership, Collaborative Teams, Expert Reviewers and Networks, Data Capacity2. Organize Information Needed to Redesign Programs3. Prepare Data Summaries and DisplaysSection II. Redesign: Use Data to Create the Turnaround Plan4. Identify the Turnaround Focus5. Redesign Programs to Address the Turnaround Focus6. Develop and Implement the Turnaround PlanSection III. Refine: Evaluate and Revise the Turnaround Plan7. Design an Evaluation of the Turnaround Plan8. Analyze Evaluation Data and Revise the Program9. The 4th R of Turnaround Work: Reflect on Lessons LearnedPart II. Leader's Guides for The TurnAround ToolKitIntroduction to Leader's Guides1. Develop Systems for Managing Turnaround Activities: Distributed Leadership, Collaborative Teams, Expert Reviewers and Networks, Data Capacity: Leader's Guide2. Organize Information Needed to Redesign Programs: Leader's Guide3. Prepare Data Summaries and Displays: Leader's Guide4. Identify the Turnaround Focus: Leader's Guide5. Redesign Programs to Address the Turnaround Focus: Leader's Guide6. Develop and Implement the Turnaround Plan: Leader's Guide7. Design an Evaluation of the Turnaround Plan: Leader's Guide8. Analyze Evaluation Data and Revise the Program: Leader's GuideEndnotesResources and ReferencesIndex

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781412975018
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 312
  • ID: 9781412975018
  • ISBN10: 1412975018

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