Courage, Passion, and Vision: A Guide to Leading Systemic School Improvement

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This book describes the significant challenges of leading whole-system improvement in school districts while offering practical, theoretical, and philosophical perspectives. Three real-life superintendents and two education leaders share their views on the courage, passion, and vision needed to lead district-wide change through essays that supplement the perspectives. Readers will benefit from this publication by learning what it takes to be an effective change-leader and by discovering an innovative methodology ...

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Overview

This book describes the significant challenges of leading whole-system improvement in school districts while offering practical, theoretical, and philosophical perspectives. Three real-life superintendents and two education leaders share their views on the courage, passion, and vision needed to lead district-wide change through essays that supplement the perspectives. Readers will benefit from this publication by learning what it takes to be an effective change-leader and by discovering an innovative methodology and a set of tools for producing and sustaining systemic school improvement. Written for aspiring and practicing superintendents, school board members, and policymakers who have an interest in whole-district improvement and what it takes to create and sustain it.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780810846098
  • Publisher: R&L Education
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Francis (Frank) Duffy is a professor of Education Administration and Supervision at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C., where he teaches five graduate-level courses, all focusing on organization improvement. He also founded the Alliance for Systems Knowledge, a Maryland-based "community of learners" studying large-system approaches to school improvement. He was an honorary faculty member (an Associate in Education ) in the Harvard Graduate School of Education during the 1980-81 academic year. Sponsored by Professor Chris Argyris, he studied Argyris and Schon's views on organization learning. He served as the 1997-8 president of the Council of Professors of Instructional Supervision (COPIS), which includes members such as Carl Glickman, Thomas Sergiovanni, Ben Harris, Robert Anderson, Ed Pajak, and Gerald Firth. He is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and serves as the chairman of an ASCD task force and as a member of the ASCD Issues Committee.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 List of Figures and Tables Chapter 2 Foreword by Carl D. Glickman Chapter 3 Prologue Chapter 4 Acknowledgements Part 5 Part 1: Critical Issues and Challenges for Leading Systemic School Improvement Chapter 6 1 Courage, Passion, and Vision: Leading Systemic School Improvement Chapter 7 2 The Rich Soil of Trust, Commitment, and Collaboration Chapter 8 3 Unlearning and Learning Mental Models: A Leadership Challenge for Creating and Sustaining Whole-District Change Chapter 9 4 Dancing on Ice: Navigating Raid, Complex, Nonlinear Change to Create and Sustain Systemic School Improvement by Francis M. Duffy and Edward E. Hampton, Jr. Part 10 Part 2: Role Models and Inspiration Chapter 11 5 Essays from the Field: Essay 1: A High-Performance School System by Scott Thompson Chapter 12 Essay 2: All Means All by Richard DeLorenzo Chapter 13 Essay 3: The Context for Urban School Reform: How Race, Class, and Gender Change the Landscape by Diana Lam Chapter 14 Essay 4: Courage, Passion, and Vision by Jack D. Dale Chapter 15 Essay 5: The R Factor in Reform: Relationships by Louise Sundin Part 16 Part 3: A Methodology and a Set of Tools to Create and Sustain Systemic School Improvement Chapter 17 6 The Destination of Three Paths and a Methodology to Get There Chapter 18 7 So, Where Will We Get the Resources to Do This? by Francis M. Duffy, Jason Cascarino, and Chris M. Henson Chapter 19 Epilogue Chapter 20 Index Chapter 21 About the Author

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