Transforming education for equity requires courageous innovation within the present system. This book is intentionally broad so educational leaders at the state and local level can implement the catalysts for systemic change related to regional circumstances. The desired outcomes from this book are (1) the increased use and investment in educational research, (2) spending increased time on the issues that make a difference for student success, and (3) rethinking the profile of skills and competencies for graduates. These three far-reaching objectives are embedded with consistent use of data, analytics, and systems for stability.

Select chapters afford education decision-makers practical ideas in prioritizing their efforts. From the pragmatic options presented, leaders can determine relevance to local issues and plan for targeted enhancement. The text identifies the major catalysts for systemic improvement, presents a rationale why each is important, and offers practical implementation solutions. By prioritizing strategies and systems based on district needs, short and long-term benefits are realized. Frameworks, models, and recommendations address the most significant issues facing decision makers in education.