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New Imperatives of Educational Change : Achievement With Integrity (Hardcover) (Dennis Shirley)
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The New Imperatives of Educational Change sets forth an ambitious and attainable agenda for all school staff at the dawn of a new millennium. The imperative to study learning requires that we attain a better grasp of what policies promote student achievement and what strategies undermine it. The interpretive imperative is essential because no research findings should ever be transplanted directly from one study to your school without mindful deliberation about the factors that give your students and community their own unique identities. The third, practical imperative describes new international research findings on promising pedagogies and curricula that propel learning beyond expectations. The global imperative argues that we all must look beyond our immediate communities and national boundaries to improve the learning and flourishing of all young people wherever they may find themselves. The fifth, existential imperative, reminds us that our students look to us not only as conveyors of information but also as potential role models who can dignify learning with meaning and embellish it with joy. Visionary in its scope and practical in its details, The New Imperatives of Educational Change is an indispensable road map for all school and system leaders.