Battling the Hamster Wheel(TM): Strategies for Making High School Reform Work

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SAGE Publications, 2006 - Education - 118 pages

Looking for effective strategies and best practices to break the cycle of ineffective school reform implementation?

The author takes a sobering look at the state of high school reform and identifies the elements that keep us "running in place", rather than making progress on a road to success. This research-based resource-with built-in book study and facilitator’s guide-arms readers with the skills to establish and sustain the critical elements for schools' success:

  • Demonstrating high expectations and a vision that matches it
  • Building capacity for ultimate success
  • Thinking small, dreaming big
  • Engaging in legitimate community support
  • Strong, sustained, and shared leadership

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About the author (2006)

Grace Sammon, president and founder of GMS Partners, Inc., is an educator, school reformer, consultant, “coach,” speaker, and internationally recognized author. She has spent nearly twenty years working in one of the United States’ toughest institutions, the American high school. She has inspired change and fostered improvement in schools, districts, and government organizations nationally through her upbeat advice and sound, practical recommendations. GMS Partners, Inc. is an educational consulting firm dedicated to enhancing school communities through a focused effort on vision, alignment of resources, planning, coaching, professional development, and a commitment to continuous improvement. Under Ms. Sammon’s leadership, GMS Partners, Inc. has worked in thirty-two states across the nation, with a focus on whole-school improvement. She is the cofounding director of the National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC) and the Executive Director of the Business Institute for Educators. Her clients have included schools and school systems at the state and district level, nonprofits, and the U.S. Departments of Defense, Education, Health and Human Services, and Navy.

Ms. Sammon has authored Battling the Hamster Wheel:TM Strategies for Making High School Reform Work, eight manuals on school-to-career transition, and articles on organizational change, school partnerships, and staff development. She created Metro MANIA: The Great Train Ride Through Washington, a board and street experience game to facilitate student use of public transportation while they gain an appreciation for the employment and cultural offerings of the nation’s capital. She has also authored five integrated curricular pieces for use in middle schools and a teen pregnancy prevention curriculum and training manual.

She earned her Master’s Degree in Education at The Catholic University of America. She has ten years’ experience in higher education administration and has served as an adjunct university professor and a long-term substitute teacher. Her professional notes include listings in Who’s Who in American Education and being named Outstanding Business Person of the Year by Future Business Leaders of America. In the spring of 1996, she was appointed to the U.S. Secretary of Defense’s Joint Civilian Orientation Council. She has two children, Brian and Kate Loewe, who continue to inspire her with their commitment to justice and equity, and to improving the communities they serve.

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