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List of Figures and Tables Foreword by Michael Fullan Preface 1. Charting the Course Understanding Current Structures Setting a Course for Recalculation Mapping Pathways to Career Readiness Navigating Pathways to Career Readiness From Good to Great to Innovate 2. Leadership Matters! Leadership Context Matters Leadership Roles Matter Motion Leadership Matters Innovation Leadership Matters What Matters Most in Leading Innovation? Breaking Barriers From Good to Great to Innovate 3. All FACES Matter! Relentless Pursuit to Excellence and Achievement - Matters! Shared Beliefs and Understandings An Inclusive Equitable Learning Community: Constructing Pathways Together Matters A Culture of Innovation and Mutual Respect From Good to Great to Innovate 4. Closing the Gap to Raise the Bar Data Matters! Foundational Literacy Skills Matter! Getting Started From Good to Great to Innovate 5. Choice Matters! Learning Journeys Clearing the Pathway Congestion Clearly Articulated Pathways Matter! Shared Learning: What's Working? From Good to Great to Innovate 6. Skilled Teachers Matter! Knowledge Building and Knowledge Creation Collaborative Inquiry as Knowledge Mobilization Experiential Learning Is for Everyone! From Good to Great to Innovate Epilogue by Andy Hargreaves Appendices Appendix A: Recalculating the Route: Striking a New Leadership Balance Appendix B: Detailed Explanation of How Individual Lenses of the Innovation Leadership Prism Are Relational Appendix C: Tips for Parents Appendix D: Sample Pathways Questions Appendix D Continued: Sample Student Pathway Questions Appendix E: Career Pathways in Agriculture & Career Pathways for Health Care Settings in York Region Appendix F: Co-Teaching Cycle Appendix G: Sample Pathway Tracking Appendix H: Student "Innovation Mindset" Self-Assessment Sheet Appendix I: Exploring Opportunities Program (EOP) Credit Accumulation Appendix J: Personalized Placement Learning Plan (PPLP) Appendix K: Forms of Experiential Learning References

About the Author

Dr. Lyn Sharratt is a highly-accomplished practitioner, researcher, author, and presenter. She coordinates the doctoral internship program in Leadership, Higher and Adult Education department at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Lyn has worked in four school districts across Ontario as a school superintendent, superintendent of curriculum and instruction, administrator, curriculum leader and K-10 and Special Education teacher. Lyn has taught all elementary grades and secondary-aged students in inner-city and rural settings. She has analyzed and commented on public policy for a provincial trustee organization, the Ontario Public School Boards' Association; has taught pre-service education at York University, Masters' and Doctoral students at University of Toronto and Nipissing University; and led in-service Professional Development in a provincial teachers' union head office. Lyn is a widely-published researcher and author. She is lead author, with Michael Fullan, of Realization: The Change Imperative for Increasing District-Wide Reform (Corwin, 2009) and Putting FACES on the Data: What Great Leaders Do! (Corwin, 2012, published in English, Spanish and Arabic). Lyn is lead author of Good to Great to Innovate: Recalculating the Route K-12, (Corwin, 2015) with Gale Harild, and of Leading Collaborative Learning: Empowering Excellence (Corwin, 2016) with Beate Planche. CLARITY: What Matters MOST in Learning, Teaching and Leading (Corwin Press, 2019) is her fifth book that reflects all of her work across the globe from 2009-2019. As well as an author and practitioner working in remote and urban settings world-wide, Lyn is an advisor for International School Leadership with the Ontario Principals' Council; is an Author Consultant for Corwin Publishing; and consults internationally, working with system, school and teacher leaders at all levels in Australia, Canada, Chile, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States. She works tirelessly, focusing her time and efforts on increasing each student's achievement by working alongside leaders and teachers to put FACES on their data, taking intentional action to bringEquity and Excellence for all students. Visit her at www.lynsharratt.com; Twitter @LynSharratt; and on Linked-In where Lyn owns the "Educational Leadership" Linked-In group made up of 67,000+ members. Search for Lyn's "Good to Great to Innovate" video on www.thelearningexchange.ca. There you will see her speaking in Ontario about the leadership it takes to achieve system and school improvement. Gale Harild is an educational practitioner and Pathway consultant. She is currently an instructional leader for York University. Gale served as curriculum administrator for the York Region District School Board in Ontario where over the past 12 years she provided regional leadership and program/resource development for Experiential Learning models including, but not limited to, cooperative education programming, international programming, service learning, and apprenticeship programs. Working with her Pathway team, Gale initiated and supported the successful start-up of sixty Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSM) programs across the district. SHSM performance measures for the district met and in some cases exceeded Ministry targets, with program completion rates and credit attainment rates higher than provincial averages. Gale has served on advisory and curriculum writing teams with the Ministry over the course of her career. Prior to her role as a curriculum administrator Gale was a high school teacher for 22 years. Her position as department head for Cooperative Education took her work into elementary schools and post-secondary destinations. Collaborating with community and industry sector partners, as well as post-secondary institutions, she has helped build and support pathways for all students by deepening the understanding of the interconnectedness between the curriculum and the work habits/essential skills that make up the profile of the Literate Graduate for the 21st century. Gale is committed to ensuring quality instruction so that every pathway leads to an opportunity. Visit Gale at Linkedin.


"Congratulations and thanks Lyn Sharratt and Gale Harild for this inspirational look at Innovation as the next step to move school systems from Good to Great. Lynn and Gale have synthesized current research and put forward real-life case studies to demonstrate that students succeed when there is an acute focus on instructional practice that is elevated by shifts in teacher mind-set and leadership development. The authors have cleverly presented complex data and research using straightforward language and graphics. This enticing approach will help educators clearly understand that the attainable solutions presented in each chapter will support every student. The examples and advice shared throughout this book and it's precursor, Putting FACES on the Data have been catalysts for leading my team to thoughtful collective action within our K- 12 Family of Schools as we create pathways for literate graduates together."

-- Joy Uniac, Superintendent of Education

"Through extensive research and practical examples, this outstanding book puts forward a compelling case for structured, collaborative inquiry processes to achieve success for ALL students. We are reminded of the importance of maintaining a relentless focus, keeping alignment at all levels and feedback processes where feedback is both given and received. Significantly, the authors show that attention to perception data, particularly those of students, is vital in order to move from Good to Great to Innovate. The emphasis on student voice and collaboration between all stakeholders, elements too often lacking in previous school improvement conversations, sets this book apart and lays the foundation for leaders at all levels to challenge the 'status quo'."

-- Janelle Wills, Director

"Without question the job market demands agility, resourcefulness, innovation and fearlessness. How will the education community respond? The authors of Good to Great to Innovate brilliantly map the DNA of a relevant education. Our call: to strip barriers and envision unlimited pathways to success."

-- Debbie Hedgepeth, Assistant Superintendent

"The authors are to be applauded for advocating it is time for education leaders and skilled teachers to re-claim their role in the dynamic processes of educational change, particularly in the current context of the complex 'social drivers' identified early in the text. Innovative approaches to setting the course for career readiness and fostering positive attitudes to life-long learning are presented and supported with a veritable smorgasbord (including input from over forty-one jurisdictions around the world), of supports, resources and guidance systems to assist all students in finding their own 'True North'."

-- Susan E. Elliot-Johns, Ph.D.

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