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Decisions & Decision Fatigue
What impact does decision fatigue have on the quality of decisions made:
Check out this New York Times article. Take time to read it slowly and think about the implications to your life, your decisions, and to the people who depend on your decisions. Read Do You Suffer from Decision Fatigue?
Then read Dr. Judy Hale's whitepaper, Decoding Value in Today’s Workplace Valuing Alternative Futures: The use of qualitative probability theory to weigh the consequences of different actionHale & Page on School Improvement
Corwin Press has released The School Improvement Specialist Field Guide, by Deb Page, CPT and Judith Hale, Ph.D., CPT. (ISBN: 978-1-4522-4089-3 (pbk) Corwin, 2013, 200 pages, $40) All of the tools referenced in the book are available electronically.
Chapters parallel the ten standards on which the Certified School Improvement Specialist (CSIS) certification is based. It is full of stories, examples, and non-examples that exemplify the facilitation skills required to enable others to do what is required to improve the performance of school leaders and students in ways that are sustainable.
Recent reviews call it a "must have" book for anyone doing performance improvement work in schools". The book is organized into ten chapters which reflect the ten Certified School Improvement Specialist standards and support the development of proficiency in those standards. The standards are:
1. Analyze and Apply Critical Judgment
2. Facilitate Deriving Meaning and Engagement
3. Focus on Systemic Factors
4. Plan and Record
5. Organize and Manage Efforts and Resources
6. Guide and Focus Collaborative Improvement
7. Build Capacity
8. Demonstrate Organizational Sensitivity
9. Monitor Accountability and Action
10. Implement for Sustainability
Order the book at www.Corwin.com under the search term School Improvement Specialist. Enter the promotional code D13194 for a 15% discount from Corwin
Badging & Microcredentials
Practice Leader, Sharon Gander has contributed two chapters to Foundations of Digital Badges and Microcredentials: Demonstrating and Recognizing Knowledge and Competencies, Springer. The book is now available. The editors and chapter writers have come together from around the world to write this authoritative text. Check it out.
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