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The Human Side of Rapid School Improvement

As researchers, decision makers and practitioners focus on continuous improvement, local level change continues to gain importance. Yet, many local improvements fail to be fully implemented. Even more fail to sustain in systems facing multiple challenges. Can decision makers and implementers come together to build a better approach to local change? What might happen if improvement efforts combined a powerful framework for improvement with a committed focus to the human side? This session is designed to explore how Leading by Convening, a blueprint for authentic engagement developed by 50 national organizations and adopted by the National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI), supports the four domains of rapid school improvement developed by the National Center for School Turnaround at WestEd. State and local leaders who first explored of these frameworks at the 2017 Title 1 Conference worked together to develop the recommendations for practice presented in this workshop.

This talk was presented at:
National Title I Conference
February 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Joanne Cashman

Served as Director of The IDEA Partnership at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) through the development of the Leading by Convening bluepoint. Dr.Cashman is a frequent presenter for state and national audiences and has authored articles, practice manuals and book chapters that bridge policy and practice.

Carlas McCauley

Carlas McCauley is an expert in school turnaround and improvement. McCauley leads technical assistance for the Center for School Turnaround at WestEd, providing support to the comprehensive center network and state education agencies across the country.