Shaking up the Schoolhouse

Shaking up the Schoolhouse

How to Support and Sustain Educational Innovation

Book - 2001
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"Once again, Phil Schlechty demonstrates why I consider him to be one of the clearest minds in American education. He knows how important public education is to our democracy and has real ideas for making it better. This book is a must-read for policymakers at any level and for those who think and care about school improvement."
--Paul D. Houston, executive director, American Association of School Administrators

"Schlechty shares leading-edge insights and offers practical guidance to anyone who affects student learning. His suggestions are wonderful dialogue starters for educators searching for ways to make dramatic improvement in schools."
--Dennis Sparks, executive director, National Staff Development Council

In this visionary book, renowned educator Phillip Schlechty argues for change-adept school systems. He not only challenges educational administrators, teachers, teacher leaders, legislators, and policymakers to recognize the need for transformation, but also shows how they can grow into skillful leaders of lasting change. Shaking Up the Schoolhouse begins with an incisive discussion of the dangers and opportunities in reworking school systems. Drawing from decades of experience and from actual cases, the author describes the essential characteristics of change-adept organizations. He then presents a practical framework for helping teachers to overcome obstacles in the learning experience, from reviewing the competition to improving student engagement through more effective standards. Schlechty also focuses on empowering principals, superintAndents, and school board members as they struggle with structural and cultural change in their schools and communities.

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Writing for a broad readership, Schlechty (founder & CEO, Center for Leadership in School Reform) argues that American public schools systems must become increasingly "change-adept" if they are to compete with the growing number of alternative educational choices. Following an overview of specific societal and technological changes and their effects on educational systems, he describes the characteristics of change-adept organizations and presents a practical framework for teachers to improve the quality of the experiences they provide to students. In a final section on "transformational leadership," he explains ways that those in positions of formal authority teacher leaders, principals, superintendents, boards of education can bring about successful structural and cultural change. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, c2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780787955403
Characteristics: xix, 248 p. ; 24 cm

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