Getting Serious About the System
Despite the wish for silver bullets for school improvement, turning around low-performing schools is a complex process. Getting Serious About the System: A Fieldbook for District and School Leaders, a new book by SEDL staff, provides a comprehensive framework for school improvement. Written by Stacey Joyner, Shirley Beckwith, and former SEDL staff member D’Ette Cowan, Getting Serious About the System is grounded in research and based on SEDL’s school improvement work in five states.
Key strategies to help educators include the following:
- Concentrate on aligning curriculum, instruction, and assessment to state standards and the Common Core State Standards
- Work on underlying issues that impact the system
- Garner support from all staff members to maximize time, resources, and energy
For educators who want to learn more about this process, the companion book A Teacher’s Guide for Getting Serious About the System
provides background information about systemic school improvement and helps them understand their role in the process.
Learn more about SEDL’s Working Systemically model, the basis for the systemic improvement approach used in these books.
Order the books from Corwin Press.