Lessons from Exceptional School Leaders

Lessons from Exceptional School Leaders

Lessons from Exceptional School Leaders

Lessons from Exceptional School Leaders

Synopsis

Ernest Boyer pushed school leaders to close the gap between the haves and have-nots. Al Shanker led teachers to form a strong union. Deborah Meier created small schools of choice that broke achievement records. Through interviews with these and many other outstanding school leaders, Mark Goldberg has distilled the essence of effective school and district leadership. Youll learn how strong leaders
• Form beliefs about school excellence.
• Support a strong staff development program.
• Broaden the school or district leadership.
• Adapt leadership skills to specific school or district needs.
• Address the gaps caused by discrimination, racism, and poverty. Youll also find out how to encourage other educators to become leaders and to build teams, work groups, and community support networks. This is an essential guide for anyone who wants to know how to start--and maintain--an innovative educational program that supports high student achievement.

Excerpt

For the past 12 years, I have been interviewing leaders in the field of education—and publishing those interviews, first in Educational Leadership and later in Phi Delta Kappan. All of the 43 people I've interviewed to date have been [experts] on education in some sense of the word. For instance, John Goodlad and the late Ernest Boyer were clearly national experts on education; Dennis Littky and Debby Meier were successful principals; Audre Allison and Florence Mondry were outstanding teachers and teacherleaders; Mayor Rudolph Giuliani of New York and Mayor Kurt Schmoke of Baltimore were politicians with a considerable knowledge of and serious interest in education.

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