Collaborative Leadership: Developing Effective Partnerships in Communities and Schools / Edition 1

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In his provocative book, visionary Hank Rubin empowers school, community, and government leaders with usable, successful models of collaboration that can boost their performance and capacity to propel their missions forward.

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Editorial Reviews

Robert Barkley
"This important new book identifies the teachable characteristics of collaborative leadership, and offers sound guidance about how to develop them in yourself and others. I believe this candid and practical work can have a profoundly positive impact on all who study it. "
Judy Wurtzel
"Readers will find in Hank Rubin’s work both a useful theoretical framework and very practical advice for creating and sustaining collaboratives that foster improved student learning. This book provides insights for anyone engaged in collaborative efforts to improve student achievement—whether you are working at the school, local community, state, or national level. "
National Association of Secondary School Principals Bulletin
"This reader-friendly and useful book details convincingly the need for collaboration in educational leadership and provides practical suggestions and tools for leaders who choose to collaborate to accomplish important goals they cannot achieve on their own. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761978923
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.94 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Hank Rubin is president of the nonprofit Institute for Collaborative Leadership, former distinguished visiting scholar at George Mason University, and dean-in-residence at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. He was previously joint dean of education at The University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University.

With corporate, political, business, and nonprofit experience, Rubin is a nationally respected collaborative leader, educational spokesperson, and children’s advocate. Rubin’s work reflects the vision of one who sees the world through the eyes of a broad cross-section of those who influence the national, regional, and local partnerships needed to make sure that all children can succeed.

He has taught seventh- and eighth-grade students, run three nonprofit organizations and created several others, directed and taught in the Midwest's largest urban graduate school of public (government and nonprofit) administration, served as vice president for sales and marketing in an international manufacturing firm, served as associate vice president for institutional advancement in a large urban univer­sity, taught graduate students in education and business manage­ment, run for—and held—public office, and started and managed his own consulting firm before founding the nonprofit Institute for Collaborative Leadership.

Rubin was an early researcher and leader in the field of nonprofit leadership. He was co-convener of the Clarion Initiative (a series of symposia that began at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and produced a framework that has guided nonprofit trainers, educators, and researchers since the 1980s). With more than 20 publications on topics including school reform, educational goal setting, public ethics, philanthropy, and nonprofit management, Rubin is a respected consultant, speaker, and advocate for innovative and collaborative approaches to leadership, training, and public education. He served as Ohio's first associate superintendent for students, families, and communities and was a founding member of both the Ohio Learning First Alliance and the Chicago Panel on Public School Policy and Finance.

Rubin earned his Ph D from Northwestern University and his MA and BA from the University of Chicago with early coursework at the State University of New York at Geneseo.

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Table of Contents

Foreword - Martin J. Blank
Preface and Overview
About the Author
1. Most of Us Begin By Missing the Point
Cutting Stone
Raising Bars
The Importance of Powerlessness
The Position of Mission
2. Pushing String
Complexity and Cynicism
Beyond Toolboxes
Collaboration and Competition
3. Collaboration and Relationship Management
Who Is a Collaborative Leader?
What Distinguishes Collaborative Leaders From Other Types of Leaders?
A Word on Institutional Collaboration
Relationships That Bind
Working Definitions
Factors Affecting Collaboration
Time and Formality
Itinerant Collaborations
Sustained Collaborations
Veracity and Tenacity
Conclusion: Collaborative Leaders Succeed With and Through People
4. Educators as Collaborative Leaders
Why Public Education?
The Case for Teachers as Collaborative Leaders: Creating a Learning Environment, One Relationship at a Time
A Teacher's Review
Teaching Collaboration for Teaching's Public Purpose
The Easy Case for Principals and Superintendents as Collaborative Leaders
5. Constructing Models
The Purpose of Collaboration
Turning Arrows
The What
The Why
The How
6. Collaboration's Life Cycle
The 12 Phases of Collaboration's Life Cycle
A Checklist
A Rudimentary Framework
7. The Dimensions of Collaborative Leadership
Of Sums and Parts
Twenty-Four Dimensions of Effective Collaborations
8. A Framework for Future Study
Connecting the Principles
A Challenge for Readers
A Special Challenge for Researchers, Scholars, Evaluators, and Trainers
9. Seven Nuggets
A Practioner's Postscript
Seven Principles of Effective Collaborative Leadership

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