Curing Student Underachievement: Clinical Practice for School Leaders by Philip EsbrandtCuring Student Underachievement: Clinical Practice for School Leaders by Philip Esbrandt

Curing Student Underachievement: Clinical Practice for School Leaders

byPhilip Esbrandt, Bruce Hayes

Paperback | November 17, 2011

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Cure Student Underachievement is the culmination of the authors' research, practice, and experience as principals, superintendents, graduate professors, and consultants in efforts to improve school performance and increase student achievement. Searching for the real causes of underperformance, the authors explored problem-solving strategies in several fields. The authors find that clinical practice identifies the root causes rather than the symptoms of problems, focusing valuable time, resource, and energy on prescriptions with greater promise for improved performance health. The concepts of diagnosis, prescription, and prognosis establish a foundation for improved planning and problem solving. This book introduces practicing leaders and leaders-in-training to the protocols of clinical practice by taking the reader through the twelve steps of the clinical cycle with specific strategies and exercises to provide practice in the application, use, and assessment of the model.
Phil Esbrandt has served in all line positions in public education from teacher through superintendent in very challenging schools and districts. He has been known as a "performance turnaround" specialist long before it became fashionable to talk about such a position. Bruce Hayes has been involved in the study and application of ed...
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Title:Curing Student Underachievement: Clinical Practice for School LeadersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:206 pages, 10.11 × 7.12 × 0.51 inPublished:November 17, 2011Publisher:R&L EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1610485378

ISBN - 13:9781610485371

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Acknowledgements Chapter 3 Introduction: Clinical Practice in Education Chapter 4 Chapter One: The Clinical Practice Cycle for Performance Improvement Chapter 5 Chapter Two: Understanding the Anatomy and Physiology of Districts and Schools Chapter 6 Chapter Three: Research is Everyoneís Responsibility and It Starts with Data Chapter 7 Chapter Four: Identifying the Vital Signs of Performance Health Chapter 8 Chapter Five: Using VSPI Clusters to Determine a Course of Action Chapter 9 Chapter Six: Diagnostic Options for the District, Schools, Employees, and Students Chapter 10 Chapter Seven: Prescriptions and Prognoses: Prioritizing Solutions to Educational Chapter 11 Chapter Eight: Professional Development and Training to Increase Commitment and Chapter 12 Chapter Nine: Using Protocols and Milestones to Promote Consistency and Thoroughness Chapter 13 Chapter Ten: Monitoring and Measuring Improvement Progress through Indicators, Contraindicators, and Side-Effects Chapter 14 Chapter Eleven: Managing Performance Improvement Processes Chapter 15 Chapter Twelve: Leadership for More Effective Organizations Chapter 16 Chapter Thirteen: Leadership in the Flow of Organizational Change Chapter 17 Chapter Fourteen: Leaders as Performance Improvement Health Specialists Chapter 18 Chapter Fifteen: Development of a National Network for Performance Improvement

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Curing Student Underachievement challenges the basic assumptions about school reform and can transform efforts to improve both school and student performance. The authors have established a framework to guide school leaders and teachers in discovering the real root causes of underperformance and to identify the remedies that will improve outcomes while avoiding the 'silver bullets' that fail to deliver on promises.  The clinical practice model provides analogous fundamental and systematic steps and procedures that educators can relate to the unnecessarily complex and often overlapping tasks and responsibilities of each participant in the school system. Beginning with the basic anatomy of the organization chart, the authors build a complete view of the organization systems that can be monitored like the organic systems of the human body using vital signs. Vital signs, individually and in clusters, identify the unique circumstances of underperformance that lead to the development of remedies that can succeed. The implications for leadership are significant. Clinical processes and protocols lead to new understanding of underlying performance issues, build mutual support for improvement efforts among administrators and teachers, and increase professional confidence in successful solutions while leading away from the "patent medicines" that are designed and sold to treat all failures but seem to solve none of them.