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Navigating Education's Whitewater is Royce Siggard's contribution to the debate on school improvement and education reform. As a father of four children, experience as a teacher and professor, and extensive experience in organization change management, Siggard brings a unique perspective and a welcome fresh voice to one of the most difficult problems and important topics of our generation. Recognizing a huge opportunity to improve even the best schools where his children attended, and frustrated by the schools' collective disinterest in any ideas from outsiders, he committed himself to finding a way to have a positive impact on the education system for the benefit of his children and future generations. Relating experiences as a parent, teacher, and change management consultant, he illuminates many of the problems affecting school systems and offers recommendations to parents, schools and policy makers to dramatically improve schools so that student achievement and learning is enhanced for the benefit of our children, and our nation's future. According to Siggard, parents are key to school reform. Parents have the power to bring change to their local schools. His book provides the information and knowledge to empower parents to effect that change. Siggard starts by describing the precarious position of our schools today after two years of budget cuts, teacher layoffs, and reduction of programs, support and supplies. He also describes how schools were in trouble even before the current economic problems, falling behind the performance of other nations. Siggard then describes what parents can do to influence schools and teachers to give their child the education they deserve, and ideas for finding the best teachers and schools in the absence of credible data. Siggard goes beyond the call for higher expectations for students, and shows parents how to get schools to set higher expectations for teachers and principals. In the final section, Siggard describes the research and experiments in education over the past decades that have shaped the new wave of reform efforts. Moreover, unprecendented change over the past year has occured in many states, reducing barriers to reform. The stage is set, now it's time for parents to bring reform home to their local schools.
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Book Description Old School Publishing House, 2010. Paperback. Condition: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0966069528