Education as an institution is vital to transmitting the culture. Educational institutions exemplify how organizations can be responsive to its stakeholders and its vision while meeting the needs of the students it serves. Building sustainable systems to conduct the work of education is essential, can be done, and is being done. Without Trumpets 2nd edition updates the work and how continuous improvement has scaled and spread from the original 10 schools to additional states through application. In this book, SusanG. Allred and Kelly Foster have provided the experiences that Kentucky educators, policy makers, and communities had throughout the most recent school turnaround era. New for the second edition of this book is a section of interviews about how to find continuous improvement leadership.
Susan G. Allred, EdS, has taught in public middle and high schools for twenty years and was an administrator for twenty-three years at the school, district, and state levels in NC, SC, and KY.
Kelly A. Foster, EdD, is a Kentucky native who after years teaching and administrating in schools and districts, is now an associate commissioner at the Kentucky Department of Education.
Foreword Terry K. Holliday, PhD former Kentucky Commissioner of Education
Part I. A National Context and How Sustainability Can Be Built and Measured: The Empowering Data and Information
Chapter 1: A Perspective on Status of Low Performing Schools Intervention
Chapter 2: The Empowering Information and Data
Part II. The Kentucky Reality of Designing, Deploying and Monitoring Systems
Chapter 3: The Backstory: State Legislation
Chapter 4: Needs Assessment, Research, Visionary Leadership, a Plan A Research Theory for the Design of District 180
Chapter 5: From Theory into Action: Two Stories about How Educators Work
Part III. Strategies and Tools to Empower for Sustainability
Chapter 6: State Strategies and Support
Chapter 7: Building a Culture of Continuous Improvement Through Application of Quality Tools
Part IV. Case Studies and Lessons Learned with Continued Challenges
Chapter 8: Case Studies
Chapter 9: Lessons Learned with Continued Challenges
Chapter 10: Continuous Improvement Leadership, Is It Possible to Find?
Glossary: The Letters Unscrambled
About the Authors
If we are to provide students with opportunities to achieve their own version of the American dream, we must ensure that schools are institutions of learning committed to student success. In Without Trumpets, Kelly Foster and Susan Allred lay out the wealth of tools and mindsets needed for this change. I had the honor of knowing and working alongside of their incredible efforts. If you are in the business of improving education, you cannot find a better tool than Without Trumpets.
As Kentucky’s commissioner of education, I inherited a school improvement unit and system that provided evidence-based guidance, support, and resources for struggling school districts. Not gimmicks or quick fixes, but tried and true strategies for transforming culture and practice. When leaders buy in, regardless of setting, these principles work. In the 2nd edition, Kelly and Susan document the system’s continued success.
In the second edition of Without Trumpets, Susan and Kelly have updated the collaborative work being done among the Governor’s office, the State Board of education, the Kentucky Department of Education, best practice vendors, school districts, schools, students, and their communities to build sustainable systems of improvement in Kentucky’s schools. As colleagues, Susan and Kelly taught me the importance of using systems to achieve positive change. This book is a must read if you care anything about school improvement.