9781412904179

The Strategic School; Making the Most of People, Time, and Money

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    9781412904179

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    141290417X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-05-29
  • Publisher: Corwin Pr

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Summary

This book offers numerous strategies and case studies that illustrate how to invest in teacher quality and improve learning environments through creative allocation of existing resources.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. viii
Prefacep. x
Acknowledgmentsp. xvi
About the Authorsp. xviii
The "Big Three" Guiding Resource Strategiesp. 1
Why Rethink School Resources Now?p. 2
New Goals Require New Ways of Workingp. 2
Tripling of Spending Levels, but Little Change in Core Structures of Schoolingp. 4
Resources Tied by Rigid Structures Inhibit Rethinkingp. 7
Reasons for Optimismp. 10
How Do Resources Matter?p. 12
Research on Resource Use Is Inadequate to Datep. 13
Understanding How Resources Matter Demands a Holistic Approachp. 15
Our Research: Case Studiesp. 16
A Framework-The "Big Three" Guiding Resource Strategies and Resource Principlesp. 18
How Strategic Schools Use People, Time, and Moneyp. 21
Investing in Teaching Qualityp. 23
The Most Important Challengep. 23
Principles for Investing in Teaching Qualityp. 24
Creating Individual Attention and Personal Learning Environmentsp. 48
Principles for Providing Individual Attentionp. 48
Maximizing Academic Time and Linking It to Learning Needsp. 73
How Strategic Schools Maximize the Time They Spend on Core Academics and Link It to Learning Needsp. 75
How to Make the Most of Your School's People, Time, and Moneyp. 91
Tools for Strategic Schools: How Well Does Your School Use People, Time, and Money?p. 94
Introduction to the Fleming Schoolp. 95
How to Group Students and Assign Teachersp. 120
Determine Your School's Highest-Priority Academic Needsp. 121
Assess How Well Your Resources Are Aligned With Your Academic Needsp. 121
Set Concrete Goals That Meet Your Highest-Priority Needsp. 124
Identify and Evaluate Options for Accomplishing Your Goalsp. 126
Create a Strategy by Choosing a Set of Options That Works for Youp. 129
How to Craft a Master Schedule That Worksp. 135
Determine Your School's Highest-Priority Academic Needsp. 136
Assess How Well Your Resources Are Aligned With Your Academic Needsp. 136
Set Concrete Goals That Meet Your Highest-Priority Needsp. 138
Identify and Evaluate Options for Accomplishing Your Goalsp. 139
Create a Strategy by Choosing a Set of Options That Works for Youp. 153
How to Strategically Improve Teaching Qualityp. 156
Determine Your School's Highest-Priority Academic Needsp. 157
Assess How Well Your Resources Are Aligned With Your Academic Needsp. 157
Set Concrete Goals That Meet Your Teaching Quality Needsp. 159
Identify and Evaluate Options for Accomplishing Your Goalsp. 161
Create a Strategy by Choosing a Set of Options That Works for Youp. 174
Putting It All Togetherp. 177
Integrate the Components of Your Plan: Ensure That "All the Planets Align"p. 177
Redeploy All Resources to Support Your Planp. 179
Implement Your Planp. 183
Redefining Systems and Policies to Support Strategic Schoolsp. 191
Practices and Policies That Support and Thwart Strategic Schoolsp. 192
Critical Areas for System and Policy Redesignp. 195
Conclusionp. 196
Referencesp. 197
Indexp. 204
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