School Improvement Series

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The School Improvement Series is aimed at building an effective school environment that encourages professional development in teachers. It offers tools and advice in leadership and mentoring and how to create a school that can adapt to changing circumstances.

This handbook is part of a series of workshops on coaching conducted by the authors. They are determined to educate leaders and teachers in the concept of coaching, and this book is designed to understand and explain coaching in an educational context to promote professional learning and growth. It aims to help leaders, teachers and other educators develop a culture of coaching in their schools. It provides a conceptual way of viewing coaching and how it can contribute to improving school life, and clarifies how coaching as a form of professional learning can be applied to different contexts within schools.

Reflective Practice: Reflection is the process through which leaders assure effective professional practice, protecting against the constant demand for an answer now, a decision yesterday, absent of thoughtful application of knowledge. This volume confronts the issues of reflective practice in depth.

Managing Change: In this book, the authors have made clear the importance of understanding that school improvement can be more than the publishing of an annual plan.
In fact, school improvement is a very important strategy for bringing about change. This book is easy to read, research based and understandable. The authors have pulled the covers off school improvement and unveiled its invisible problem, in order for school improvement to be effective it must be seen as an ‘innovation’ that must be implemented.

A Climate of Mentoring:

Helping newcomers into the profession has always been a role embraced by some experienced teachers, most educators can remember a colleague who provided support to help them grow into the teaching role. This book has been written to support school teams endeavouring to make mentoring part of the culture of their schools. It provides a series of guidelines for planning, implementing and measuring a teacher-mentoring program, and covers topics such as designing a school mentoring program, gaining the interest of staff, training mentors and using mentoring to improve teaching and learning practices.

Building Culture:  This book provides a rich set of approaches for principals as they seek to extend their leadership by refining the ways they read and shape school culture for student performance and school improvement. Being able to shape and maintain a positive, professional culture is key to having a successful school. All effective leaders know that the nature of their organisation’s culture is central to productivity and any number of valued and important outcomes.

The Power of Coaching for School Improvement:

This book is part of a series of workshops on coaching conducted by the authors. They are determined to educate leaders and teachers in the concept of coaching, and this book is designed to understand and explain coaching in an educational context to promote professional learning and growth. It aims to help leaders, teachers and other educators develop a culture of coaching in their schools. It provides a conceptual way of viewing coaching and how it can contribute to improving school life, and clarifies how coaching as a form of professional learning can be applied to different contexts within schools.

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School Improvement Series: Set (5 Books), School Improvement Series: Building Culture, School Improvement Series: Climate of Mentoring, School Improvement Series: Managing Change, School Improvement Series: Power of Coaching, School Improvement Series: Reflective Practice