Outstanding School Administrators: Their Keys to Success

Outstanding School Administrators: Their Keys to Success

Outstanding School Administrators: Their Keys to Success

Outstanding School Administrators: Their Keys to Success

Synopsis

Supported by the Nebraska Council of School Administrators and the U.S. Department of Education, the authors investigated the successful strategies and attitudes of hundreds of individuals nominated as outstanding administrators by state departments of education, professional associations, university professors, and peers. One thousand outstanding administrators were asked to comment on why they thought they had been nominated, what they had accomplished, and what skills had brought about their successes. Four hundred and ninety-one men and women representing all levels of K-12 administration responded in detail and at length to what has become known as "Project Success." Wendel, Hoke, and Joekel present these insights in order to inspire and inform school administrators and other professionals in leadership positions who wish to tread in the footsteps of those who have succeeded.

Excerpt

This book is a tribute to seekers of success--to those who want to plumb the depths of the human spirit. The book is a guide to those tired of studying disease to discover a cure. The premise of the book is that to become healthy, individuals must pattern the ways of the healthy. To be successful, individuals must study and implement the habits and attitudes of the successful.

All educators, administrators included, must improve. Administrators must bring the best of everything into their lives to make substantial progress and to tap their potential. The best part of education is taking off the shackles that have bound us--recognizing that much of what we have learned and become has been put upon us by well-meaning friends, teachers, and parents. But something inside each of us continues to question that information. Now after years of dissecting industry, government, and the schools, we want to know those characteristics of administrators who really are making a difference--who have peeled back some of the outmoded concepts and revealed the core essence of successful school administrators.

In the 1980s, especially after the publication of A Nation at Risk, which lamented a "rising tide of mediocrity" in schools, negative criticism of education, public education, educators, and administrators abounded. Not everyone thought that the first light of doomsday was dawning upon public education in America, however. How could the good news be broadcast as well as the bad news? To share the good news of what was transpiring in education, we launched Project Success. Project Success was conceived to tell the good news of what happens in schools . . .

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