Achieving World Class Schools: Mastering School Improvement Using a Genetic Modelreviewed by Scott Thompson — 2003
If the appearance of the word “genetic” in this
book’s subtitle sets off your alarm system, fear not.
It does not refer to the academic fate of schoolchildren based on
hereditary characteristics. Rather, the authors present the
genetic makeup of living organisms as a metaphorical model for
reforming public school districts into systems of world-class
The authors argue that six interdependent
“chromosomes” are essential to the achievement of
world-class school systems. They organize their
“chromosomes” into “two categories in a manner
similar to how chromosomes are classified as X or Y” (pp.
22-23). The two categories are capacity-building
“chromosomes,” comprising leadership, change, and
professional development; and teaching-learning process
“chromosomes,” comprising curriculum, instructional
practice, and assessment.
The authors further suggest that each of these "chromosomes" are
composed of both "genes" or fundamental principles and "DNA" or
research-based practices. So in the case of the professional
development "chromosome," for example, the authors outline six
fundamental principles ("genes") essential to the development of
1. Create a
philosophy statement, purpose, and goals
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Achieving World Class Schools: Mastering School Improvement Using a Genetic ModelAuthor(s):
Paul Kimmelman and David KroezePublisher:
Christopher-Gordon Publishers Inc., Norwood, MAISBN:
1929024452 , Pages:
2002Search for book at Amazon.com
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- Scott Thompson
SCOTT THOMPSON is Assistant Director of the Panasonic Foundation in Secaucus, NJ and the Editor of Strategies, an issues series by the Panasonic Foundation in cooperation with the American Association of School Administrators. Prior to joining the staff of the Panasonic Foundation, he was Director of Dissemination and Project Development at the Institute for Responsive Education in Boston. His writing on educational change and improvement has appeared in Phi Delta Kappan, Educational Leadership, Education Week, Educational Horizons, Teaching and Change, Community Education Journal, and elsewhere.