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This article presents a protocol change leaders can use to navigate whole-system change in their school districts. The information describing the protocol will help change leaders in school districts and policymakers interested in whole-district change answer the question, “How do we transform our entire school system”? The protocol is called Step-Up-To-Excellence (SUTE; Duffy, 2002, 2003, 2004a, 2004b, 2004c). Every time SUTE is presented to an audience there is at least one person who calls out some “yes, buts”—statements questioning whether the protocol is practical, do-able, or valid. Three “yes, buts” that are frequently heard and responses to them are found near the end of this article.
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This article presents a protocol change leaders can use to navigate whole-system change in their schooldistricts. The information describing the protocol will help change leaders in school districts and policymakers interested inwhole-district change answer the question,“How do we transform our entire school system”? The protocol is called Step-Up-To-Excellence (SUTE; Duffy, 2002, 2003, 2004a, 2004b, 2004c).

Every time SUTE is presented to an audience there is at least one person who calls out some“yes, buts”—statements questioning whether the protocol is practical, do-able, or valid. Three“yes, buts”that are frequently heard and responses to them are found near the end of this article.

The Need for Whole-District Transformation

Rolling across America is a long train called“The School Improvement Express.”The triple societal engines of standards, assessment, and accountability are pulling it. The leadengine goes by the name“The No Child Left Behind Engine That Could.”The rolling stock is composed of school systems and a myriad of contemporary school improvement models, processes, anddesirable outcomes. The train has once again come to a stop at a broad and deep abyss that goes by the name“The Canyon of Systemic School Improvement.”On the far side of the abyss lies the“Land of High Performance.”The riders on the train want to go there. In fact, they have wanted to go there for years but have failed tomake the crossing, and so they keep returning here to the edge of the abyss to stare across with longing in their hearts wonderinghow they will ever traverse it.

Standing at the edge of this great abyss, some educators see a threat while others see an opportunity. Some see animpossible crossing, while others see just another puzzle to be solved. Meanwhile, the pressure in the three great“engines”for setting standards, assessing student learning, and holdingeducators accountable for results continues to build and shows no sign of dissipating. The“engineers”have their hands on the brakes but they can feel the pressure of the engine trying to edge thetrain forward, which feels like having one foot on the brake of a car while stepping on the gas with the other foot.

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Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
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Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
research.net
kanaga
sciencedirect big data base
Ernesto
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
Bharti
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
Daniel
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
Maciej
characteristics of micro business
Abigail
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Anassong
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
NANO
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
s.
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
Tarell
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
Damian
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
Tarell
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
Virgil
is Bucky paper clear?
CYNTHIA
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
NANO
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Harper
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
s.
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
SUYASH Reply
for screen printed electrodes ?
SUYASH
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
Ebrahim
or in general
Ebrahim
in general
s.
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
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how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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