Dr. Debra a Tracy Presents a Guide in School Improvement for School Principals and Leadership Teams

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Guidebook Creates and Implements a Meaningful Strategic Plan That Will Move the School Towards Success

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The demands placed on principals have continued to increase in today’s educational climate. In addition to the traditional role, principals must be concerned with school improvement and accountability by meeting improvement goals as well as reaching standards. But in the day-to-day operation of a school, strategic planning is far from the minds of most principals.

School Improvement: Revitalize Your School with Strategic Planning written by Dr. Debra A. Tracy serves as a guide for school principals and school leadership teams who are on the mission of school improvement. It has been created for the purpose of assisting individual building level teams with the process of school improvement through strategic planning.

Strategic planning is not the latest fad or the next best program that will come and go but is a process that will stand the test of time. It will be a tool that will assist the principal, the staff, and the school in taking on the task of reorganization and improvement, or what is called “revitalization” of the school based on the goals that were created and the processes that were established. In this book, readers will learn how to create and implement a meaningful strategic plan that will move the school toward success. The model that is presented is a student-centered plan rather than an adult-centered plan which is the key element of the process.

Chapters in this book will tackle the topic of strategic planning and at the same time will provide definitions for the terms used. It will also focus on the strategic planning process as a school improvement model, developing the purpose, mission, vision, and goals, data collection and data analysis related to decision making, the writing phase, implementation of the plan from the perspective of an administrator, teacher, student, and school community member, monitoring and evaluation practices necessary for determining the success of the plan and revising the strategic plan.

School Improvement: Revitalize Your School with Strategic Planning is a helpful read that will present a clear process for leading change. It will help clarify the school’s priorities and will result in the establishment of a clear path to reach its intended vision. By applying the lessons from this book, credibility as a leader will be gained, a sense of trust among the staff will be established, and cohesiveness will be built from within.

Readers particularly those that are committed to improvement will find value from the information presented in this book. The principal can lead the charge in making the changes necessary for improvement. Revitalization of the school staff and the creation a committed team of educators will generate positive changes and will result in dramatic improvements in student outcomes.

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About the Author
Debra Tracy, Ed.D., has been a public school teacher and administrator for thirty years and has been an adjunct professor at two local universities. While working at inner city schools in an urban school district, Dr. Tracy brought about increases in student achievement and raised test scores that earned her a superintendent’s achievement award of excellence. She also worked as an administrator for Ohio’s first and largest online K-12 program where she also brought about marked improvement in student achievement. Now retired from public education, Dr. Tracy continues to focus on the topic of school improvement with innovative ideas and can provide consulting services to schools. She is currently working on a project in higher education. A mother and grandmother, Dr. Tracy resides in central Ohio with her husband, Jeff.

School Improvement: Revitalize Your School with Strategic Planning * by Dr. Debra A. Tracy
Revitalize Your School with Strategic Planning
Publication Date: August 14, 2012
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