Change Leadership: A Practical Guide to Transforming Our Schools

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Change Leadership: A Practical Guide to Transforming Our Schools

by Lisa Laskow Lahey, Robert Kegan, Tony Wagner

Wiley | December 2, 2005 | Trade Paperback

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The Change Leadership Group at the Harvard School of Education has, through its work with educators, developed a thoughtful approach to the transformation of schools in the face of increasing demands for accountability. This book brings the work of the Change Leadership Group to a broader audience, providing a framework to analyze the work of school change and exercises that guide educators through the development of their practice as agents of change. It exemplifies a new and powerful approach to leadership in schools.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 Pages, 7.09 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: December 2, 2005

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0787977551

ISBN - 13: 9780787977559

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Change Leadership: A Practical Guide to Transforming Our Schools

Change Leadership: A Practical Guide to Transforming Our Schools

by Lisa Laskow Lahey, Robert Kegan, Tony Wagner

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 Pages, 7.09 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: December 2, 2005

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0787977551

ISBN - 13: 9780787977559

Table of Contents

Foreword. Preface. Acknowledgments. About the Authors. ONE: Introduction: Reframing the Problem. A Knowledge Economy Requires New Skills for All Students. Greater Supports for Learning in a Changing Society. Reform or Reinvention? Technical Challenges Versus Adaptive Challenges. Organizational Beliefs and Behaviors. Individual Beliefs and Behaviors. Accepting the Challenge and the Risks:Moving Toward Communities of Practice via Collaborative Learning. PART ONE: Improving Instruction. TWO: Creating a Vision of Success. Challenges to Improving Instruction. Seven Disciplines for Strengthening Instruction. Using the Seven Disciplines. Launching an Instructional Improvement System: The Critical First Conversations. Developing a Shared Vision. Defining a New Framework for Effective Instruction. Linking the New 3 R’s of Instruction. THREE: Committing Ourselves to the Challenge. Identifying Your Commitment. Spotting Your Obstacles Through Self-Reflection. Reflections. PART TWO: Why Is This So Hard? FOUR: Generating Momentum for Change. Obstacles to Improvement Versus Momentum for Improvement. Generating the Momentum for Systemic Change. Communities of Practice as a Strategy. FIVE: Exploring Individual Immunities to Change. Attending to Countering Behaviors. A Deeper Look. Finding the Competing Commitment. Taking the Next Step. Reflections. PART THREE: Thinking Systemically. SIX Relating the Parts to the Whole. Arenas of Change. Toward Transformation: Using the 4 C’s. Anot
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The Change Leadership Group at the Harvard School of Education has, through its work with educators, developed a thoughtful approach to the transformation of schools in the face of increasing demands for accountability. This book brings the work of the Change Leadership Group to a broader audience, providing a framework to analyze the work of school change and exercises that guide educators through the development of their practice as agents of change. It exemplifies a new and powerful approach to leadership in schools.

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Praise for Change Leadership

"Change Leadership is a truly wonderful and brilliant book. The ideas are powerful, deep, comprehensive, and grounded with tools to turn them into transformative action. A rare book that captures both the awful difficulty of causing change and a way to do it."
-Michael Fullan, former dean, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto; author, Leading in a Culture of Change

"The Change Leadership Group at the Harvard School of Education has, through its work with educators, developed a thoughtful approach to the transformation of schools in the face of increasing demands for accountability. This book brings the work of the Change Leadership Group to a broader audience, providing a framework to analyze the work of school change and exercises that guide educators through the development of their practice as agents of change. It exemplifies a new and powerful approach to leadership in schools."
-Richard F. Elmore, Gregory Anrig Professor of Educational Leadership, Harvard Graduate School of Education

"Change Leadership uses believable examples and provides common sense analysis of the challenges facing today''s educators. It is a well-written, straightforward guide with clear explanations and practical solutions. I found it useful and entertaining."
-Thomas W. Payzant, superintendent, Boston Public Schools

"Caught between the imperative of preparing students for the next half-century and the political mandate for short-term performance improvement on standardized tests, many educators are dropping by the wayside but a few are stepping forward with new leadership skills and vision. Working with such leaders, Tony Wagner, Robert Kegan, and their colleagues have created an invaluable guidebook for those with the courage to have conviction without answers and the openness to learn together."
-Peter M. Senge, founding chairperson, SoL; senior lecturer at theMassachusetts Institute of Technology; author, The Fifth Discipline

"There seem to be more books on school reform than there are schools in the United States. This one stands out. The volume, which grows out of a five-year study of school reform across the country, uniquely integrates both the organizational and human elements required for success."
-Arthur Levine, president, Teachers College, Columbia University

About the Author

" Tony Wagner is co-director of the Change Leadership Group (CLG) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is also Education Chair of the Harvard Seminar on Redesigning American High Schools. He consults widely with schools, districts, and foundations around the country and internationally and is Senior Advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Wagner is the author of Making the Grade and How Schools Change. Robert Kegan is co-director of the Change Leadership Group (CLG), and Meehan Professor of Adult Learning and Professional Development at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His work focuses on the importance of continued psychological development in adulthood. Kegan is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including four honorary doctorates and the Massachusetts Psychological Association’s Techer of the Year award. He is author of The Evolving Self and (with Lisa Laskow Lahey) How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work. Lisa Laskow Lahey is associate director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. For over 20 years she has been a consultant to schools and businesses helping to turn workplace problems and issues into opportunities for transformational learning. A former principal and high school teacher, Lahey is co-founder and senior consultant at Minds at Work , a consulting firm specializing in school and workplace learning in the U.S. and Europe. She is co-author (with Robert Kegan) of How the Way We Ta
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Editorial Reviews

" Change Leadership is a truly wonderful and brilliant book. The ideas are powerful, deep, comprehensive, and grounded with tools to turn them into transformative action. A rare book that captures both the awful difficulty of causing change and a way to do it." --Michael Fullan, former dean, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto; author, Leading in a Culture of Change "The Change Leadership Group at the Harvard School of Education has, through its work with educators, developed a thoughtful approach to the transformation of schools in the face of increasing demands for accountability. This book brings the work of the Change Leadership Group to a broader audience, providing a framework to analyze of the work of school change and exercises that guide educators through the development of their practice as agents of change. It exemplifies a new and powerful approach to leadership in schools." --Richard F. Elmore, Gregory Anrig Professor of Educational Leadership, Harvard Graduate School of Education " Change Leadership uses believable examples and provides common sense analysis of the challenges facing today’s educators. It is a well-written, straightforward guide with clear explanations and practical solutions. I found it useful and entertaining." --Thomas W. Payzant, superintendent, Boston Public Schools "Caught between the imperative of preparing students for the next half-century and the political mandate for short-term performance impro
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