Foreword by: Joseph P. McDonald
Publication Date: May 3, 2019
This book is for educators who believe that schools need to be improved and are hopeful that real change can be achieved. The authors argue that if educators want to create more equitable, socially just, and learner-focused schools, then they need a more robust, transformational theory of school change—an UnCommon Theory. After describing the limits of current school improvement initiatives, the text explains what is needed to actually engage in deeper school reinvention work. The authors take a deep dive into the most difficult work that school leaders do: questioning, rethinking, and reinventing the fundamental assumptions upon which our schools are built. The result is a practical book that provides readers with the knowledge and tools needed to do more than just tinker at the edges of school improvement.
Kevin Fahey, professor emeritus at Salem State University, works with school leaders to use critical friendship, facilitative leadership, and equitable practice to lead student, adult, and organizational learning. Angela Breidenstein is a professor of education at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Jacy Ippolito is an associate professor and department chair at Salem State University, where he coordinates programs in educational leadership. Frances Hensley was a founding member and director of the School Reform Initiative.
“This book will serve as a trusty coaching guide. The writing is clear and powerful. The testimony of the courageous and inventive school practitioners the authors studied is rich and exceedingly useful. “
―From the foreword by Joseph P. McDonald, New York University and author of Data and Teaching: Moving Beyond Magical Thinking to Effective Practice
“This book is wonderful, well written, thoughtful, and practical, with vivid case studies of school leaders who have changed the culture of their schools to become uncommon places of inspiration for all. Those educators contemplating or already on the journey of re-imagining their schools will find comfort and guidance to forge ahead.” ―Carl Glickman, The University of Georgia
“School reform is complex, and as a result, most schools closely resemble their predecessors from decades ago. However, fundamental change in schools is possible, and the deep-dive process proposed in this book will equip readers with the tools necessary to create powerful transformations. An UnCommon Theory of School Change can help each of us become the advocates for change that result in a better future for every student in every school.”
―Douglas Fisher, San Diego State University