Turning Your School Around: A Self-Guided Audit for School Improvement

Barr, Dr Robert D; Yates, Debra L

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Synopsis: No Child Left Behind has created an increasing sense of urgency, especially among high-poverty, low-performing schools, which face severe sanctions if they fail to improve. Research over the past decade has identified specific factors and tools that work to significantly improve achievement specifically in these struggling schools. Turning Your School Around examines how one of these tools, the school improvement audit, can be used to achieve dramatic gains. This self-guided audit provides a step-by-step protocol for both low-performing and moderately successful schools, focusing on the most crucial areas of school improvement.

The school improvement audit is a top-to-bottom look at every aspect of an individual school or district. A careful assessment of personnel, students, finances, achievement, professional development, and demographics results in solid, evidence-based conclusions about what is needed to improve education for children of poverty and minority students.

This is a challenging task, requiring complete openness and transparency. Turning Your School Around gives readers a realistic perception of the work involved while providing research to support the audit?s effectiveness. Schools that use the audit no longer have to respond to low report cards intuitively or out of fear. Because the audit requires the rigorous and active participation of the entire community, it also builds trust, consensus, and dialogue, in addition to higher levels of student achievement.

Turning Your School Around is based on rubrics found in The Kids Left Behind, the nationally recognized book by Robert D. Barr and William H. Parrett.

About the Author: Robert D. Barr, Ph.D, is recognized as one the nation s leading experts on children of poverty and minority students; high-poverty, high-performing schools; and alternative education. He is also a nationally recognized scholar, consultant, and speaker and the author or coauthor of more than a dozen books. His two latest books, coauthored with William Parrett, The Kids Left Behind and the second edition of Saving Our Students/Saving Our Schools: 50 Proven Strategies, are both national bestsellers. Both were nominated for the Education Book of the Year. Bob has appeared on a number of nationally televised shows, including Firing Line with William Buckley, The O Reilley Factor with Bill O Reilley, and the NBC Evening News with Peter Jennings. He has been quoted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. Bob has also provided expert testimony to the U.S. Congress and a number of state legislatures and often serves as an expert trial witness. He has keynoted hundreds of state, regional, national, an international conferences and provided workshops for schools, school districts, and state departments of education in every area of the United States and has helped high-poverty schools in more than forty states improve student performance. He has been selected for the National School Boards Association s prestigious Meet the Expert sessions at their national conferences ten times. He has received three National Awards for Distinguish Achievement. Bob has served as director of Teacher Education at Indiana University, was dean of the College of Education at Oregon State University, and most recently, served as dean of the College of Education at Boise State University, where he created the Center for School Improvement and Policy Studies. He is a senior consultant to the BSU Center for School Improvement and holds a special faculty appointment at Oregon State University. Debra L. Yates, Ed. D., spent the last fifteen years of her public teaching career in alternative education, working with high school drop-outs, push-outs, and youth placed at risk. Her research focus has been on effective schools of choice, alternative education, and school improvement. She has also served as a professional development facilitator for the Indiana State Department of Education and has been a public school consultant, Dr. Yates is assistant professor of education at the College of Idaho, where she supervises an experientially based fifth-year program and supervises graduate interns research projects in local schools on such topics as standardized testing and its repercussions, tracking and leveling for math in elementary classrooms, body-mass index and student activity levels in middle school; comparison of scripted elementary math curricula, benefits of same-sex classrooms, gender-specific instruction, and effective strategies for working with youth in poverty. Dr. Yates has won several writing awards, including the James T. Sears Award for Curriculum and Pedagogy in 2006 and the Distinguished Paper Award at AERA in 2005. She is the co-author with Robert Barr of Welcome to Middletown (Solution Tree Press, 2006).

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