The Self-Organizing School provides ground-breaking insights and guidance about how schools can fulfill their aspirations for quality and productivity in learning and teaching. The book describes a comprehensive decade long school design process and effort that improves teaching quality and student outcomes. The practical guidance and examples employed throughout the book are supported by one of the most extensive longitudinal studies of a school reform process, including data from over 1600 classroom observations, 12,000 student evaluations and research studies of school change, technology use, student achievement, collaboration, and teacher effectiveness.
Alan Bain is associate professor of inclusive education at Charles Sturt University, Australia and an international consultant to schools, education systems and industry on technology integration and school reform and improvement.
Chapter 1 – A Reset for School Reform and Improvement
Chapter 2 – Theory
Chapter 3 – Simple Rules: Committing to Quality
Chapter 4 – Embedded Design
Chapter 5 – Emergent Feedback
Chapter 6 – Similarity at Scale: Students in the SOS
Chapter 7 – Dispersed Control Through Collaboration
Chapter 8 – Educational Technology for Reform and Improvement
Chapter 9 – Organizational Design, Leadership, and Agency
Chapter 10 – Implementation: The Harsh Realities of Getting to Scale
Chapter 11 – Takeaways and Conclusions
The Self-Organizing School shows what it takes to sustain and scale technology-driven school reform. This book captures the scope and the process from theory to practice and includes essential understandings for anyone interested in large-scale change in education.
The Self-Organizing School places technology where it belongs in school reform—at the heart of what students and teachers do in the classroom every day. I highly recommend it to everyone interested in school change and the role technology can play in making educational reform deep, meaningful, and sustainable.
The Self-Organizing School is unique providing a comprehensive research-driven approach to site-based school reform that successfully melds the theoretical and the practical. Bain understands the realities and challenges from a leadership perspective and embeds his study in real-world examples drawn from a longitudinal school reform process. The Self-Organizing School is a must for all school leaders committed to effecting real, transformational change in today’s demanding educational context.