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Building Shared Responsibility for Student Learning
Anne Conzemius and Jan O’Neill
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About This Book
Who is responsible for student learning? Walk into an effective school and ask this question of anyone—a teacher, a student, the principal, a parent volunteer, a secretary—and you’ll get the same answer: “I am.”
Shared responsibility is something school communities build from within. It’s what happens when all school people accept that what they do makes a difference in how all students learn . . . when they have the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about the best way to promote learning . . . and when they have the skills and opportunities to translate their ideas into effective action.
Anne Conzemius and Jan O’Neill present a practical framework for building shared responsibility within schools and school systems. They identify three critical components:
Building shared responsibility for student learning is an ongoing activity—a journey and not a destination. This research-based resource provides a map in the form of effective structures, systems, processes, and policies. It explains how to set powerful goals and shares inspiring stories of educators who have embarked on this journey toward higher professional competency, increased staff satisfaction, rising test scores, and improved student results.
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About the Authors
ANNE CONZEMIUS a former school psychologist, has spent many years working in quality improvement in both the public and private sectors. She has served as the Executive Assistant to the State Superintendent for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, where she headed the department's strategic planning and restructuring initiative.
JAN O'NEILL began her career teaching elementary and middle school students and has diverse experience in early childhood education, special education, multicultural education, and the Montessori method. As an independent consultant, she pioneered the systemwide application of quality principles in municipal and state governments and in healthcare.
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