Curiosity Works

Curiousity Works

Curiosity Works

A Guidebook for Moving Your School from Improvement to Innovation

By: Bryan Goodwin, Kristin Rouleau, Dale Lewis

Publication date: 2018
ISBN: 978-0-9993549-3-3

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Take charge of your school’s learning environment and culture and push past performance plateaus by rekindling the power of curiosity across your school. Curiosity Works guides school leadership teams through a six-phase journey toward powerful, continuous improvement and innovation, with 17 tools you can use to reflect on where you are as a school and where you want to go, and implement the action steps needed to get there.

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“Better” is no longer good enough. In today’s landscape of mandates and accountability, schools are under pressure to perform like never before. Improvement, while never easy, is generally achievable. But when the improvement plateaus and the pressure picks up again—what then?


Curiosity Works: Moving Your School from Improvement to Innovation dives into McREL International’s new Curiosity Works® approach for school improvement and innovation. It’s for K-12 educators and school leadership teams who are ready to drive what goes on in their building rather than be buffeted by the latest trends. It’s about harnessing the power of curiosity to advance student learning and teacher effectiveness.

Curiosity Works incorporates key elements of McREL’s What Matters Most® framework and Balanced Leadership® program that tens of thousands of teachers and leaders globally are already using to gain actionable insight into their profession, and layers on improvement pathways and phases of development to guide you and your team. Using the ideas, tips, and 17 practical tools in Curiosity Works, you’ll discover how to achieve unity of purpose with your faculty and community, rely on colleagues for in-house professional development, and guide change in a way that’s inspiring rather than nerve-wracking.

No two schools are alike and no two situations are alike, and in recognition of this Curiosity Works isn’t a lockstep, prescribed program. What you will find is a customizable approach that relies on, and leverages, your school’s own bright spots and collegial expertise, and appeals to our professional curiosity about what we can do to improve and innovate our teaching, leading, and learning

Pages: 128
Language: English
Publisher: McREL International
Edition: First
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Bryan Goodwin

Bryan Goodwin is president and CEO of McREL International. For 21 years at McREL, he has translated research into practice, scanning the world for new insights and best practices on teaching and leading, and has helped educators everywhere adapt them to address their own challenges. A frequent conference presenter, he is the author of Out of Curiosity: Restoring the Power of Hungry Minds for Better Workplaces, Schools, and Lives and Simply Better: Doing What Matters Most to Change the Odds for Student Success, as well as co-author of Curiosity Works: A Guidebook for Moving Your School from Improvement to Innovation, Unstuck: How Curiosity, Peer Coaching, and Teaming Can Change Your School, Balanced Leadership for Powerful Learning: Tools for Achieving Success in Your School, and The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching: A Checklist for Staying Focused Every Day. Before joining McREL in 1998, Bryan was a college instructor, a high school teacher, and a business journalist.

Education: M.A. Rhetoric and Communication Studies, University of Virginia; B.A. Professional Writing and Environmental Studies, Baylor University

Kristin Rouleau

Kristin Rouleau is senior director of learning services and innovation at McREL International, working with schools, districts, and state departments of education as they navigate change and implement practices to increase student achievement. Kristin earned her administrative credentials from the University of Washington, her master’s in curriculum and teaching from Michigan State University, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Western Michigan University. As of this writing, she is a doctoral student in leadership for educational equity at the University of Colorado–Denver.

Dale Lewis

Dale Lewis is senior director of research, evaluation, and technical assistance at McREL International, and is the deputy director of the Regional Educational Laboratory for the Pacific Region. Before joining McREL, Dale was a certified educational diagnostician, a special education teacher, a principal consultant for the American Institutes for Research, and director of the Texas Comprehensive Center. Dale has extensive experience using the Concerns-Based Adoption Model to support implementation of new education programs and initiatives.