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Making the case for creating a continuous school improvement infrastructure?

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Be careful of what you wish for. - Susan Snyder

Posted by: Elaine Woo
Posted on: May 05, 2002 at 1:27 AM
Selecting the staff to do this work is challenging, and since the work has not been done before, do those who choose the staff even know what to look for?

In the first 5 and 3/4 minutes of Michael Fullan's speech, he talks about the characteristics of those who know how to implement reform (building positive relationships, knowing how to deal with resistance, being able to assess the situation, etc.) Besides a staff (of a Local Improvement Infrastructure) having these characteristics, they would need continual professional development of their own to better know how to provide professional development for the teachers and other key educators. And who is to determine what that PD would be?

Finally, this staff would need to be open to listen to teachers and their needs and know how to address those in a meaningful way.

The path would have to be paved at many levels.

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