Effective Leaders and
What They Do: Four Cases
The backbone of Effective Schools is the moral imperative of teaching so that all children learn. Superintendents recognize that a belief in this imperative is essential to the success of reform. To infuse a school district with this belief and build on it is the ongoing task of Effective Schools superintendents and other leaders.
Research and operational data now available demonstrate that the political will and leadership skills exist to create and sustain Effective Schools. School leaders must build on this track record. Many are doing so, because the Effective Schools Process is not just the foundation for change, but a powerful projection into the future of public education.
In our books, Making School Reform Happen (Allyn and Bacon 1993) and Keepers of the Dream (Excelsior 1994), Effective Schools districts and their leaders were profiled. In this chapter, we present four similar profiles to illustrate what effective leaders do to initiate, sustain, and nurture positive change. Appropriately we begin with Spring Branch, which we have already featured as an example in the preceding chapters.
Effective Schools leaders have learned the all-important lesson that, in order to propel the improvement process, they must keep