Tuesday, February 26, 2008


This Week's Live Chat

When: Monday, Feb. 25, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time

Submit questions in advance.

Join us for a live chat with Lew Smith, author of Schools That Change: Evidence-Based Improvement and Effective Change Leadership, a new book from Corwin Press.

Drawing from the findings of an eight-year national research project, Schools That Change looks at schools that have significantly improved. The book examines why change is often met with resistance and why it is often difficult to implement. Mr. Smith also explores how to measure change in schools, as well as providing “portraits” of four elementary schools that changed for the better.

Mr. Smith will answer your questions about change, school improvement, and his conceptual framework for change based on three components: context, capacity, and conversations.

About the guest:
Lew Smith is the director of the National Principals Leadership Institute, Panasonic National School Change Awards. He has served as associate professor in educational leadership and associate dean, program development and outreach, at the Fordham University Graduate School of Education. Mr. Smith, who also was a principal of a New York City high school, conceived and directed the New York City Middle School Initiative, which launched reform in 26 of the city's 32 community school districts.

Submit questions in advance.

No special equipment other than Internet access is needed to participate in this text-based chat. A transcript will be posted shortly after the completion of the chat.

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