In Renewing America's Schools, Carl D. Glickman--founder of the League of Professional Schools--made the case for basing school improvement efforts on democratic values and principles. He proposed a three-part framework for reform that would enable schools and communities to create successful change in their schools and discussed how states and districts could support their efforts. In this companion volume, the authors provide detailed instructions on how Glickman's framework can be implemented at the school level.
Lew Allen, Maude Glanton, Frances Hensley, Martha Livingston, and Dale Rogers are codirectors of the League of Professional Schools, which is part of the College Education at The University of Georgia.
"Understanding school reform is a daunting task. A Guide to Renewing Your School goes a long way in communicating essential information about reform in a clear-cut manner, with little jargon, making it easily understood by parents, teachers, and administrators.... A Guide to Renewing Your School is not a prescription for practice, but rather a systemic format that is applicable to every school. The book contains numerous illustrations and self-monitoring guides to facilitate the assessment of a school's implementation efforts." (Childhood Education)
"What my colleagues have done in this book is write a guide and companion--not a prescription--for all those educational leaders (principals, teachers, staff, parents, community members, district and union personnel) who are committed to the promise of education and a fully functioning democracy." (Carl D. Glickman, University Professor of Social Foundations of Education and chair, Program for School Improvement, The University of Georgia, Athens)
"This book is more than a practical guide; it is an inspiration. Underlying the numerous strategies and examples for implementing the League's framework for school improvement are the democratic values that inform and sustain the effort. It is a guide for both heart and mind." (Charles A. Ott, assistant superintAndent, Portsmouth School District, New Hampshire)
"A Guide to Renewing Your School connects ideas and makes abstract concepts concrete in a way that will help schools new and old create or modify a plan for implementing change and reform." (Gwendolyn M. Mayfield, principal, Leonora P. Miles Elementary School, Atlanta, Georgia)
"An essential and valuable guide to how the framework of the League of Professional Schools works. Key lessons about what it means to implement the three core requirements of the model--shared governance, covenant, and action research." (Michael Fullan, dean, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto)
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