SAN CARLOS, Calif., Jan. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Authors Anthony Kim and Alexis Gonzales-Black today announced the launch of their new book, The New School Rules: 6 Vital Practices for Thriving and Responsive Schools. Designed to increase the effectiveness of schools in a rapidly changing world, The New School Rules provides both a practical guide for improving the practices of school and districts, as well as a thoughtful examination of the self-imposed barriers that can hinder the completion of work in any type of organization.
Schools today face a myriad of challenges that hold them back from overall betterment and student improvement, and are in dire need of processes that improve decision-making and increase the velocity at which decisions are made.
"It is a must-read for leaders of teachers, schools, and systems," writes Tom Vander Ark, author of Getting Smart: How Digital Learning Is Changing the World.
The New School Rules offers a solution with its definitive roadmap that readers can implement as soon as tomorrow. While many books in education focus on curriculum, budgeting, technology or talent, The New School Rules expands cutting-edge organizational design and modern management techniques into an operating system for empowering schools with the same agility and responsiveness that are so vital in the business world. Its content features:
- Six simple rules that create a unified vision of responsiveness among educators
- Real life case studies that illustrate responsive techniques implemented in a variety of educational demographics
- 15 experiments that school and district leaders can use to increase responsiveness across faculty and staff
"In education we often see problems like growing achievement gaps, yet even with heroic and exhausting efforts to implement new programs, products, and team, we often don't get different results," said Anthony Kim, co-author of The New Schools Rules and CEO of Education Elements. "The challenge is not rooted around lack of effort, but a need to find ways for teams to work better together. We know from physical science that the shape of the vessel is as important as the effort of engine. In essence, every organization is a vessel that needs to be shaped. The New School Rules provides 6 vital practices which help organizations work on their vessel."
Anthony Kim and Alexis Gonzales-Black came together several years ago around a shared desire to support school systems and a collective set of experiences and ideas from the business and education industries around how to do so. After several years of ideation, experimentation and collaboration they are excited to provide district leaders with a pathway to organizing for success.
"The world's most innovative organizations are remarkably flexible, with ideas emerging from all levels, a willingness to embrace change, and a palpable joy in uncovering the path forward," said co-author Alexis Gonzales-Black. "Our educators and the teams that support them deserve to work in these kinds of dynamic environments – and our students deserve the opportunity to thrive in a rapidly changing world. The New School Rules tells the stories of six districts that decided to operate differently, the rules they followed, and the experiments that you can try starting tomorrow."
To celebrate the release of The New School Rules, author Anthony Kim will host an official launch party on Thursday, February 15, 2018 during the AASA National Conference on Education. While enjoying cocktails and appetizers, Kim will give a brief presentation on the new book and offer book signings for attending guests. For an invitation to the event, contact [email protected].
The New School Rules: 6 Vital Practices for Thriving and Responsive Schools is currently available for purchase on Amazon. Additionally, educational leaders can find templates, resources, and practical activities to make these rules come alive at www.newschoolrules.com. For further information, to request a review copy or press kit, or to interview the authors, please contact Alexis Fried at [email protected].
About Anthony Kim
Anthony Kim is a nationally recognized leader in education technology, school design, and personalized learning. As founder and CEO of Education Elements, he has been involved in helping hundreds of schools and districts change the way they think about teaching and learning. As the author of "The Personalized Learning Playbook: Why the Time Is Now", Anthony has influenced many educators. He has contributed to many publications on new school models including "Lessons Learned from Blended Programs: Experiences and Recommendations from the Field". Anthony is a nationally recognized speaker on personalized learning and his work has been referenced by the Christensen Institute, iNACOL, EdSurge, CompetencyWorks, EdWeek, District Administrator, and numerous other research reports.
About Alexis Gonzales-Black
Alexis Gonzales-Black is an expert in organizational design and change initiatives with deep experience in the education, retail, and technology sectors. A Principal Designer at the global design firm IDEO, she designs and implements new organizational models to fuel innovation, agility, and engagement. Alexis earned a B.S in biology from James Madison University, and developed a passion for teaching and social justice as a high school science teacher and recruiter for Teach For America.
SOURCE Education Elements