Author(s): Peter Senge
A NEW EDITION OF THE GROUNDBREAKING BOOK A new edition - revised and updated with over 100 pages of new material - of the groundbreaking book that brings the principles of organizational learning to today's schools and classrooms. A unique collaboration between the celebrated management thinker and Fifth Discipline author Peter Senge, and a team of renowned educators and organizational change leaders, the revised edition of Schools The Learn addresses the new and unique pressures on our educational system that have emerged since the book's initial publication in 2000. In a fast-changing world where school populations are increasingly diverse, children live in ever-more-complex social and media environments, standardized tests are applied as overly simplistic "quick fixes," and advances in science and technology continue to accelerate, the pressures on our educational system are inescapable. Schools That Learn offers a much-needed way to open dialogue about these problems - and provides pragmatic opportunities to transform school systems into learning organizations.
Drawing on observations and advice from more than 70 writers and experts on schools and education, this book features: * methods for implementing organizational learning and explanations of why they work * compelling stories and anecdotes from the "field" - classrooms, schools, and communities * charts, tables and diagrams to illustrate systems thinking and other practices * guiding principles for how to apply innovative practices in all types of school systems Schools That Learn is the essential guide for anyone who cares about the future of education and keeping our nation's schools competitive in our fast-changing world.
"Schools that Learn is a magnificent, grand book that pays equal attention to the small and the big picture - and what's more integrates them. There is no book on education change that comes close to Senge et al's sweeping and detailed treatment. Classroom, school, community, systems, citizenry---it's all there. The core message is stirring: what if we viewed schools as a means of shifting society for the better!
-Michael Fullan, author of "Change Leader" and "Learning Places"
"A rich, much-needed remedy for the standardized, assembly-line, industrial-age institutions that comprise too much of our school system today. Chock full of useful tools, ideas, and exercises, this book is ideal for the many teachers and parents who are intent on resurrecting and fostering students' inherent drive to learn. For educators working to reconnect learning with real life, SCHOOLS THAT LEARN is as essential resource."
-Daniel H. Pink, bestselling author of DRIVE and A WHOLE NEW MIND
"The idea that schools themselves can and must learn is the most important idea in education and this is the classic and indispensable guide to how that happens."
--David W. Orr, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College
"This book is an absolute feast of riches; its many stories and case examples prove once again that 'the solutions we need are already here' - solutions created by the caring, generosity and brilliance of everyday people working in education."
--Margaret J. Wheatley, author of "Leadership and the New Science" and many other books.
"This book is an essential chronicle of where our schools and communities are truly caring for our children. A much needed antidote to the assault on teachers and public education that dominates the news. A book of modern educational heroes and the thinking that is the foundation of their work."
-Peter Block. author of "Community: The Art of Belonging"
"At a time when
Peter Senge was named as one of the 24 people who had "the greatest influence on business strategy over the last 100 years" by the Journal of Business Strategy. PETER SENGE, senior lecturer at MIT and the founding chair of the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL), is the author or co-author of several bestselling books, including The Fifth Discipline, Schools That Learn, and Presence. BRYAN SMITH, coauthor with Senge of The Dance of Change and two other Fifth Discipline fieldbooks, is a member of the faculty at York University's Sustainable Enterprise Academy, and president of Broad Reach Innovations, Inc. Other author bio to follow -