Strategy in Action

Strategy in Action How School Systems Can Support Powerful Learning and Teaching

Rachel E. Curtis and Elizabeth A. City, foreword by Beverly L. Hall
cloth, 240 Pages
Pub. Date: September 2009
ISBN-13: 978-1-934742-31-0
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Pub. Date: September 2009
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-046-1
paper, 240 Pages
Pub. Date: September 2009
ISBN-13: 978-1-934742-30-3
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How can we systemically improve the quality of classroom instruction and the learning and achievement of students? In an era when isolated examples of excellence are not good enough, we need systems that support improvement and excellence for all. This book describes how systems can effectively engage in this complex, challenging, and crucial work.


Curtis and City reveal the emperor without clothes when they conclude that too many educational systems have a ‘strategic plan without a strategy.’ Their insights give teachers, leaders, and policymakers long-overdue relief from the tyranny of planning processes that elevate the production of documents over meaningful progress in teaching and learning. The authors challenge the common enthusiasm for multiple initiatives and replace it with remarkable focus and impact. This is a wise and important book. — Douglas Reeves, chairman, The Leadership and Learning Center

This practical guide to developing and implementing system-level improvement strategies is a must-read for leadership teams committed to driving concrete results for all students. Through a blend of theory and real-world examples, City and Curtis draw a road map for spreading excellent teaching and learning across an entire school system. — Stacey M. Childress, lecturer, Harvard Business School

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About the Authors

Rachel E. Curtis has worked with a variety of traditional and charter school systems on issues including district improvement strategy, leadership development, and efforts to make teaching a compelling and rewarding career.

Elizabeth A. City is director of instructional strategy with the Executive Leadership Program for Educators at Harvard University and a faculty member at Boston’s School Leadership Institute.

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