Driving school improvement is designed to support school leaders in meeting their improvement challenge in ways that can be contextualised to their circumstances. Its focus is implementation, and it therefore contains tools, activities and pro formas that have been used successfully in a range of schools. These can be adapted to suit a particular context.
While there are many books focused on school improvement, this book is a practical gem.
It advocates that a school first diagnoses is where it is at, rather than adopt a ‘one size fits all’ strategy. The self-assessments, tools, processes and case studies provided then enable a school to craft its own improvement approach.
Pamela Macklin has held senior positions in Australian education. She is an experienced senior executive, coach, teacher, education consultant and writer. Her interests lie in leadership coaching, the management of organisational change and improvement, educational policy, curriculum, assessment and school improvement. Her national and international work has focused on education reform and has included the development of policy and implementation strategies in areas such as ICT in education, literacy, numeracy, studies of Asia and gender equity. Pamela is also an experienced company director and has held a number of positions on not-for-profit Boards.
Vic Zbar has extensive consultancy and project management experience and is recognised internationally for his writing on education and range of education reports. Prior to the establishment of Zbar Consulting, Vic was the Assistant Director of Human Resources in the Victorian Department of Education, having earlier been principal advisor to the Chief Executive, giving him an in-depth knowledge of the work of most aspects of the then Office of Schools. He is a widely published author in both education and management.