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Using Research to Lead School Improvement

Using Research to Lead School Improvement
Turning Evidence Into Action

February 2011 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This one-of-a-kind book takes readers beyond thinking about school improvement to leading the process of creating excellent learning environments. Beginning with fundamental principles of whole school leadership, the book demonstrates how action research and published studies can work hand-in-hand to explain the nature of student achievement gaps and the reasons that underlie them. Using examples from education leadership classrooms, research, and practice, the authors bring to life the processes of problem identification and diagnosis, developing solutions, and project implementation and evaluation.
List of Tables and Figures
ELCC Standards
Part I. Research and Leadership
1. A Structured Approach to Leading School Improvement
2. Research, Leaders, and Improving Student Performance
3. Involving Others, Forming a Team
Part II. Problem Articulation: Using Evidence to Find Improvement Needs
4. Assessing the Local Situation
5. Communicating a Message with Data
Part III. Building a Deep Understanding of the Problem
6. Getting to the Root of the Problem
7. Finding Supportive Literature
8. Understanding Research Design and Analysis
Part IV. Completing the Journey: Solutions, Actions, and Implementation
9. Identifying Solutions and Action Planning for School Improvement
10. Considering Implementation and Evaluation
About the Authors

"Hurry and get this book published. I'd like to use it in my current class. It is better than anything else I've seen. The book covers more topics than most textbooks. I like the way in includes the change process, the understanding of how to find high quality literature and research, and the understanding of the research processes. I also like the inclusion of the topic of assessing the context.

Thomas L. Alsbury
North Carolina State University

For my Education PhD candidates, this has been helpful.
It would be useful to have more non-traditional methods as well.

Dr Gina Hinrichs
School Of Business, Capella University
September 15, 2012

The text is aligned specifically with our curriculum for teaching continuous school improvment

Art Bangert
Educational Admin Dept, Montana State University - Bozeman
December 7, 2011

This book will be used as a reference for my work on program review for the MSCM program.

Professor William Moylan
School of Engineering Technology, Eastern Michigan University
April 22, 2011

Scott C. Bauer

Scott C. Bauer (Ph.D. Cornell University) serves as Associate Professor and Program Coordinator in the Education Leadership Program at George Mason University. His research interests involve the application of organizational design and theory to the improvement of schools, and the efficacy of various strategies used to develop school leaders at all levels. His most recent publications deal with the design of distributed leadership processes in schools, the development of teacher leaders, and the redesign of school leadership preparation programs. He is involved in a federally-funded three-year study of the implementation and effectiveness... More About Author

S. (Steven) David Brazer

S. David Brazer (Ph.D. Stanford) is an Associate Professor in the Education Leadership Program at George Mason University. Prior to coming to the College of Education and Human Development, David was a School Administrator for 12 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, serving his last six years as the Principal of Los Altos High School in Los Altos, California. David teaches primarily in the Education Leadership master's program for students pursuing a Virginia principal's license. He teaches in cohorts throughout Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia. Recent projects also include coordinating a partnership with Fairfax County... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781412974059