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Leading Change in Your School: How to Conquer Myths, Build Commitment, and Get Results

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Using real examples of elementary and secondary schools that have moved change from rhetoric to reality, a giant in the field of school leadership explains how teachers and administrators everywhere can make sure change efforts lead to better results. Whether your school needs to improve literacy, inspire great teaching, increase attendance, reduce dropout rates, reform gr ...more
Paperback, 179 pages
Published July 10th 2009 by Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (first published March 30th 2009)
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Tracey
Mar 24, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is definitely for school leaders seeking to make changes in their schools. Examples of what other schools have done successfully and unsuccessfully are provided. Insights in the four areas of creating conditions for change, planning change, implementing change and sustaining change are described.
Brian Neises
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great resource book. Will definitely be picking it up again if I ever move from teaching into administration.
Natasha & Melisa
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
The book "Leading Change in Your School: How to Conquer Myths, Build Commitment, and Get Results is a must have for school administrators. It is an easy read filled with practical ideals and common sense fixes to day to day struggles for educators and administrators alike. One complaint that I will make is about the organization of the beginning of the book. It begins with an introduction that hooks you and ignites the fire within you to make change. The book then redirects its focus to hands o ...more
Scott Hayden
May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: School leaders
Shelves: leadership, education
A must read for teacher leaders and admin. I keep referencing and recommending this book even though I finished it 2 years ago.

Taking "weeding" to heart and have started that conversation among admin. They're holding me to it. :)

Love the myth-breaking chapter, especially the one about "buy in." I hear that myth a lot. I think I need to start asking people "What do you mean by that?" when they spout it as a form of resistance to change.
Megan
Oct 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Douglas Reeves "Leading Change in Your School" has a lot of good information. It discusses how to effectively implement change, change that makes actual and productive differences. It takes a look at the pitfalls people sometimes fall into and how to combat them. It also discusses ways to implement changes effectively. This book is a pretty quick read too which is important when you're target is a group of very busy professionals.
Christina
Dec 04, 2011 rated it liked it
I would have liked a bit more content. Many of its ideas are ones that I have read about in more detail in earlier books. However, the personal and organizational readiness assessments in chapters 2 and 3 were helpful.
Nita
May 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
The first rule of change -- leaders must identify and communicate what does not change.
Kate
Sep 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: education
Good (and challenging) ideas from numerous sources. Great book for professionals and parents alike.
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Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it


Great ideas and tools go assess the "changability" factor of the school and leader.
Kathy Dyer
Jan 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Good book, great ideas and tools. The appendix that was borrowed from Mike Wasta has some very useful tools for conversations about change.
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“Sustainable change, after all, depends not upon compliance with external mandates or blind adherence to regulation, but rather upon the pursuit of the greater good.” 4 likes
“Behavior precedes belief - that is, most people must engage in a behavior before they accept that it is beneficial; then they see the results, and then they believe that it is the right thing to do....implementation precedes buy-in; it does not follow it.” 3 likes
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