• Title:Realization: The Change Imperative for Deepening District-Wide Reform
  • Author:Lyn Sharrett, Michael Fullan
  • Publication Date:August 2009
  • Grade Level:PreK-12
  • ISBN:9781412973854
  • Publisher:Corwin Press

A powerful approach to leading and sustaining district-wide change!

District-wide performance improvement requires a focus on capacity building, empowering colleagues throughout the organization to move change forward. Written by an experienced administrator who accomplished district-wide improvement on the ground and an internationally recognized expert in large-scale education reform, this compelling book outlines a step-by-step approach to implementing lasting, positive change across an entire district.

This resource examines 13 research-based parameters for improving teacher and student performance, including advice on optimizing existing resources, and then introduces a 14th parameter—Realization—that goes beyond capacity building at the school and district level to system-wide change at the state level. Readers will find:

  • A wealth of school-specific strategies that support effective assessment and instructional practices to improve students' fundamental academic skills
  • "Do's" and "don'ts" from real district-wide school improvement programs
  • Guidance on implementing program assessment and establishing accountability

Help your district advance from vision to action to realization of student achievement!


Author Bio

Michael Fullan, Order of Canada, is professor emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Fullan has won numerous awards for his more than 30 books, and is the author of Leading in a Culture of Change, Leadership & Sustainability, The Six Secrets of Change, and Motion Leadership to name a few. He is currently working as adviser and consultant on several major education reform initiatives around the world.

Lyn Sharratt is a professor at OISE/University of Toronto where she lectures and currently coordinates the Learning and Leadership EdD program. She is the former superintendent of curriculum & instruction services in York Region District School Board, where she and her staff curriculum team analyzed assessment data and developed a comprehensive literacy improvement program. Sharratt has been a curriculum consultant, administrator and has also taught all elementary grades and secondary-age students in inner-city and rural settings. Currently, she consults internationally, working with districts, administrators, curriculum consultants and teachers in Chile, Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada.

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