LINKS TO RESOURCES
FOR SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT
 


INDEX:

Organizations Supporting School Improvement
Other Written Materials on School Improvement
Video Tapes on School Improvement
Audio Tapes on School Improvement
School Improvement Events
Web Sites About School Improvement:
Web Sites on School Improvement Models:
 

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Organizations Supporting School Improvement:

Many of the United States provide some form of intermediate service centers to support educators who are working on state reform initiatives. In Illinois these are called Regional Offices of Education. In Michigan these are called Intermediate School Districts. In that case, ISDs have boundaries that overlap regular school districts and have their own taxing authority. In New York and Colorado these agencies are called BOCES which stands for Board of Cooperative Educational Services. If you don't know how to access assistance from these agencies, click here to link to the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) which can connect you to the state board of education in your state. You should be able to find out there if such agencies are in your state. The only USA exception is Hawaii which has one school district for the entire state and so, the state provides the assistance directly.

In some countries, like Canada, the assistance for school improvement comes from provincial "ministries" of education. In other countries, like Singapore and Great Britain, the Ministry of Education is for the whole nation.


The National Staff Development Council . This is the major professional organization to focus exclusively on the professional development of educators and the organizational development of educational institutions. The NSDC holds a terrific conference early each December, publishes the quarterly Journal of Staff Development, the monthly The Developer and the School Improvement Team Innovator. The NSDC maintains a active connection with educational research and theory but keeps its approach very practical and practitioner-oriented. The NSDC specialty is bridging the gap between research, theory and practice. Members are balanced between school personnel, private consultants, regional educational service center and laboratory staff, and university faculty. NSDC has 36 state and provincial affiliates which provide local support to staff developers. (See the section titled "Events" on this site for more info.) The NSDC can be contacted at P.O. Box 240, Oxford, Ohio, 45056. Their phone is (513) 523-6029 & FAX is (513) 523-0638. For membership contact Shirley Havens, or e-mail [email protected]

Results - A newsletter of the National Staff Development Council. At- http://www.nsdc.org/

The School Improvement Team Innovator is another newsletter of NSDC, specializing in the team area. Either is available, along with other benefits for one of the three types of memberships. Access the recent articles in any of these three NSDC publications in the NSDC Library at- http://www.nsdc.org

NSDC State Affilates, click here to access a list of NSDC State & Provincial affiliates for local staff developer support & professional growth.

NSDC Staff Development Web Links, include all kinds of education site links, at- http://www.nsdc.org/

NSDC Standards for Staff Development, written for elementary, middle school, and high school. At- http://www.nsdc.org/

NSDC Programs, including the NSDC Academy for Staff Developers, joint institutes with PDK, workshop planning, and technical assistance. At- http://www.nsdc.org/
The International Center for Leadership in Education. This is the Bill Daggett organization, a prominant speaker on many topics. The Center has a Model Schools Conference with some pretty good opinions being expressed about it. They also publishe materials, and provide consultation, all for a hefty fee. (He is Bill Daggett after all!) See the "Events" pages for school improvement on this site for info on their conference. At 219 Liberty St. Schenectady, New York 12305 (518)377-6878 and http://www.daggett.com


Written Materials:

Visit NSDC's web site at http://www.nsdc.org then click on the NSDC Library to access dozens of the best articles from the 3 NSDC publications. Many supper articles on staff development, school improvement, assessment, etc.

A Recommended Process for Analyzing and Revising a School Improvement Plan, by Barry Sweeny, FREE, just click on the title.

A Fun Rubric for Monitoring SIP Learning and Attitudes, By Barry Sweeny, FREE, just click on the title.

Becoming More Effective in School Improvement Planning: A Rubric to Guide Self-Assessment and to Document SIP Progress, By Barry Sweeny, 1998. This rubric is a serious effort to facilitate improved SIP Planning. It is four pages long and is built on a comprehensive model of best practice in school improvement planning. Click on the title to order.

Some Tried & Proven School Improvement Planning Resources. 26 pages of checklists, quotes, charts, models for continuous improvement planning, ideas for using data for school improvement planning, suggestions for writing the School Improvement Plan (SIP) and for institutionalizing the SIP process. $15.00, By Barry Sweeny. Click on the title to order.

The School Improvement Planning Manual, by NSDC (See above for accessing information. Cost $80, this binder includes sections on How to Gather Data, A Planning Retreat, Action Planning, and Maintaining Momentum, as well as transparency masters and worksheets to lead the process.

Tools For Change Workshops, by Robbie Champion, available for $150 through NSDC. Has 18 workshop modules that walk you through designing the change, getting ready, managing the change, and assessing the results. A manual with over 300 pages with step-by-step directions for each workshop.

NSDC's Standards for Staff Development, is actually an NSDC three book set, each selling for $15, includes a book each for elementary, middle level, and high schools. Works great with the next 2 resources...

Self-Assessment Guide for Staff Developers, which allows a staff developer to analyze their own strengths using the NSDC Staff Dev. Standards, can lead you to goall setting for your own professional growth.

NSDC's Standards for Staff Development Training Manual, is available from NSDC and costs $80 to NSDC members. includes a participant manual, trainer's guide, audio tape introduction, and a complete set set of the standards (2 items above).

Schools For the 21st Century, by Phil Schlechty, President of the Center For Leadership and School Reform in Louisville, Tennesse. The book costs $18.50 and is available from NSDC. A wonderful restructuring proposal.

Improving Schools from Within is one of the best written on this issue. It is by Roland Barth and costs $18.50 from NSDC

Five Models of Staff Development, a brief book by Dennis Sparks and Susan Louks-Horsley, for $7.50. Explains the theory and the practice of these five basic strategies for staff development delivery. Available from NSDC.

Continuing To Learn, a 'classic" NSDC book that explains how to develop a variety of types of staff development programs. Costs $12.50

Change Forces, is the 1993 book by Michael Fullan that has been discussed so much. Available from NSDC for $30.

Building Systems for Professional Growth: An Action Guide, by the regional Lab for the North East & Maine Dept. of Education, Vaialable for $120 from NSDC.


Video Tapes:

Teaching Episodes, a binder with 19 vignettes for practicising classroom observations. Script is included. Cost is $300 from NSCD. Great for mentor and peer coaching or administrator trainings.

Strategies for Effective Instruction, an NSDC video costing $390, available from NSDC. Features Pam Robbins and Pat Wolfe, who model the strategies as well as teach how to do them.

The International Center for Leadership in Education has several great sounding videos on professional development and school improvement, many featuring Bill Daggett, but then this is his organization. The Center conducts conferences, publishes materials, and provide consultation, all for a hefty fee. (He is Bill Daggett after all!) See the "Events" pages for school improvement on this site for info on their conference. At 219 Liberty St. Schenectady, new York 12305 (518)377-6878 and http://www.daggett.com


Audio Tapes:


From the 1996 NSDC Annual Conference, Vancouver, B.C., order from National Cassette Services, 8985 E. Golf Links Rd, Tucson, AZ 85730, (520)290-9366 or FAX (520)290-9686. Add $6 for shipping. COST for NSDC members = $10 for i cassette, $15 for 2 cassette, for NON -members = $12.50 for 1 cassette and $18 for 2 cassettes.

Using Standards to Assess Staff Dev. Portfolio project used to evaluate regional profess. dev. #6355-19 (2 c)

A Invitation to the Learning Community, Carolyn Crippen. #6355-36 (1 cassette)

Linking Student Learning & Staff Dev., Interview with Tom Guskey & Herb Hallberg, #6355-02, (1 c)

Good News: Shifts From Incidental Events to Common Practice Thru Staff Dev., Brownlie, Close & Mann, #6355-43 (1 cassette)

From the 1995 NSDC Annual Conference, in Chicago, order from National Cassette Services, 613 N. Commerce Ave., Front Royal, VA 22630, (540)635-4181 or FAX (540)636-4240. Add $6 for shipping. COST for NSDC members = $10 for i cassette, $15 for 2 cassette, for NON -members = $12.50 for 1 cassette and $18 for 2 cassettes.

Sshool-Based Staff Dev. That Works: Collaboration Betw. Site & Central Office, Jewell Brannon, #5985-40, (1 cassette)

Merits of Profess. Dev. Portfolio as a Framework for Growth, Sharon Graves, #5985-38 (1 Cassette)

NSDC Standards For Staff Development, Stepanie Hirsh, et.al., an overview, #5985-42, (1 cassette)

Designing Performance-Based Teaching & Learning, Part 1 & 2. includes 4 giants of performance-based teaching, learning, and assessment Heidi Hayes-Jacobs, Grant Wiggins, Robert Marzano, and Debra Pickering. Part 1 & 2 each include 3 tapes and each cost $29 for ASCD members. (See ASCD under organizations above for contact info.)


Web Sites About School Improvement:

Visit NSDC's web site at http://www.nsdc.org then click on the NSDC Library to access dozens of the best articles from the 3 NSDC publications. Many supper articles on staff development, school improvement, assessment, etc.


Web Sites on School Improvement Models:

Pathways to School Improvement, A great site with many resources for research, programs & ideas, by the North Central Regional Educ. Lab (NCREL) in Oakbrook, IL. At- http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/pathways.htm


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