How to Help Your School Thrive without Breaking the Bank

How to Help Your School Thrive without Breaking the Bank

How to Help Your School Thrive without Breaking the Bank

How to Help Your School Thrive without Breaking the Bank

Synopsis

How to Help Your School Thrive Without Breaking the Bank will help you improve your school without investing in externally developed, expensive, and time-consuming reform programs or initiatives. It's packed with replicable strategies and practical tools that educators in any school can incorporate to transform the culture and improve student achievement and professional practice. You'll learn how to

• Hone your own leadership and grow new leaders among your staff;

• Develop a vision and a mission for your school;

• Promote excellence among both staff and students;

• Make the most of your time and facilitate effective meetings; and

• Mine and use data with purpose.

For most schools, times are tough and money is tight--but school leaders must still focus on how to steadily improve student achievement. Academic performance will improve in the long term only if your school has a healthy culture marked by integrity, a strong work ethic, collaboration, and reflective risk taking. Strengthening those foundational elements will help you sustain positive change in your school, even in difficult economic times.

The good news is that you already have the resources you need to help your school thrive. This book will help you to maximize them.

Excerpt

Helping our schools thrive often means changing the way we do things, which can spark feelings of anxiety. the familiar is always more comfortable. When faced with the prospect of change, those who will be affected tend to scramble to justify their routines, often with the ubiquitous “This is what we have always done.” Although such a response is a normal institutional reaction to the threat of change, it’s a self-defense mechanism and a rationalization that is rarely in a school’s best interest. Rationalizations tend to be rooted in tradition and emotions rather than in measurement and pragmatism. Consciously or otherwise, cultural natives—those who are deeply attached to the current practices, norms, and traditions, even if they are illogical or outmoded—may be preserving the status quo for personal reasons. the present way of doing things—the impact of past leaders and teachers and a school’s myths, realities, and artifacts—can be difficult to navigate. If you are reading this book because you want to get the most out of your school, you should know that what you will really be doing is reshaping your school’s culture.

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