Fighting for Change in Your School: How to Avoid Fads and Focus on Substance (Paperback)
(Please note: This book cannot be returned.)
In this indispensable book for K-12 leaders, Harvey Alvy offers a thoughtful roadmap and guidance to help educators select, implement, and assess school- or districtwide initiatives that actually work. The book is filled with a wealth of resources--action checklists, principles to guide educators, and in-depth questions and protocols--for engaging in collaborative professional development activities that strengthen teaching and learning practices and improve student achievement.
Alvy discusses in detail the six "red flags" that educators confront daily and a set of countervailing strategies (six practical guidelines) to pursue meaningful reforms, initiatives, and innovations:
- The Narrative Trap
- Overpromising and Overloading
- Minimizing the Enormous Difficulty of Implementation
- Eyes off the Prize
- Historical Amnesia
- The Business "Solution"
- Building a Collaborative Learning Community
- Effectively Using Human, Fiscal, and Material Resources
- Respecting the Change Process
- Sustaining a Coherent School Mission and Vision
- Embracing Timeless and Eclectic Teaching Practices
- Championing and Empowering the Underserved
Selecting and implementing reforms, initiatives, and practices wisely is key if we truly want the best for our students--and skipping the necessary planning and forethought can be catastrophic. Fighting for Change in Your School: How to Avoid Fads and Focus on Substance is the book every educator needs to ensure the former and prevent the latter. The time to address these challenges is now.