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New release from John Catt: The OIQ Factor July 26, 2013

Posted by Jonathan Barnes, editor in International education, New releases.
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The OIQ Factor

We are pleased to announce the publication of The OIQ Factor: Raising your school’s organizational intelligence.

This excellent new book has been written by William and Ochan Kusuma-Powell and is for teachers and school leaders who are looking for ways to raise the organizational intelligence quotient (OIQ) of their classrooms and their schools.

Part of our new World Class Schools series, it aims to help schools become ‘cognitively, socially and emotionally smart’.

Here, the authors explain the ethos behind the book:

“Schools are extremely complex organizations in part because we invest in them our most precious assets – our children. Unlike businesses or commercial enterprises, schools have a multitude of success indicators, some of which are extremely difficult to quantify and may be time delayed by many years.

“Simplistic and superficial approaches to improving student learning simply don’t work, school improvement isn’t a technical challenge; it is an adaptive one.  It requires a change not just in behaviors and skills, but in values, beliefs and even identity.

“In a results-oriented age, impatient and frustrated school reformers may perceive this approach as a ‘soft’ option. However, any review of outstanding and improving schools will clearly demonstrate that high quality student learning is tied to school cultures that embrace learning for all. Raising organizational intelligence is all about re-culturing schools.”

William Powell has served as an international school educator for the past 30 years in the United States, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Indonesia, and Malaysia. From 1991 to 1999, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of the International School of Tanganyika in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and from 2000–2006 as Head of the International School of Kuala Lumpur.

Ochan Kusuma-Powell received her doctorate from Columbia University and has developed and implemented inclusive special education programs in the USA, Indonesia, Malaysia and Tanzania. She is an associate trainer for the Center for Cognitive Coaching and Adaptive Schools.

To order a copy of The OIQ Factor, please visit our bookshop.

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