Book Talk: Design-Based School Improvement
Lecture | February 1 | 12-1:15 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall
Professor Mintrop will discuss his new book, Design-Based School Improvement: A Practical
Guide for Education Leaders, which explores how the need for more robust links between
research and practice is at the heart of the effort to enact and scale up successful school
reforms. One promising approach is "design development," a methodology widely used in other
fields and only recently adapted to education. Design development offers a disciplined process for identifying
practical problems, assessing evidence of outcomes, accounting for variability in
implementation and results, and establishing a foundation for broader understanding of the
problem and proposed solutions. This book interweaves narratives from practice with theoretical
excursions into design-based innovation, problem solving, and intervention research.
Rick Mintrop is passionate about both research and practice, and he strives to maintain a link between the two in his thinking and professional life. His involvement in educational leadership preparation has been the bridge, first as faculty co-director of the Principal Leadership Institute at UCLA and then as director of the doctoral program in Leadership for Educational Equity (LEEP) at UC Berkeley. Theory and practiceprecise empirical study and participation in the lives of practitioners in an intuitive and holistic wayhave been the dual source of his inspiration. This book, written with the assistance of doctoral students Mahua Baral and Elizabeth Zumpe and GSE alumn John Hall, brings the two worlds together.
* Lunch will be provided *