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Help ensure that failure is never an option for any child by demonstrating how school leaders can apply six powerful principles to create successful, sustainable high-performing schools!

The resources in this facilitator’s guide can also be found at the HOPE Foundation Web site at

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412981743
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/24/2009
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 88
  • Sales rank: 989,153
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Award-winning author and visionary educational leader Alan M. Blankstein is founder and president of the HOPE Foundation, a not-for-profit organization whose honorary chair is Nobel Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu. A former “high-risk” youth, Alan began his career in education as a music teacher. Hehas worked in youth-serving organizations since 1983, including the March of Dimes, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National Educational Service (now Solution Tree), which he founded in 1987 and directed for 12 years. He has created award-winning publications and video staff development programs. He is the author of the best-selling book Failure Is Not an Option®: Six Principles That Guide Student Achievement in High-Performing Schools, which received the 2005 Book of the Year award from Learning Forward (formerly NSDC), and has been nominated for three other national and international awards.

In addition to authorship of this award-winning book, Blankstein is Publisher of three Failure Is Not an Option® video series and Senior Editor along with Paul Houston of the thirteen-volume The Soul of Educational Leadership series. Blankstein also co-authored the Reaching Today’s Youth curriculum and has published articles in Educational Leadership, The School Administrator, Executive Educator, High School Magazine, Reaching Today’s Youth, and Inside the Workshop. He has also provided keynote presentations and workshops for virtually every major educational organization.

Blankstein is on the Harvard International Principals Centers advisory board, served as Board member for Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, is former Co-Chair of Indiana University’s Neal Marshall Black Culture Center’s Community Network and advisor to the Faculty and Staff for Student Excellence (FASE) mentoring program. He also served as advisory board member for the Forum on Race, Equity, and Human Understanding with the Monroe County Schools in Indiana, and on the Board of Trustees for the Jewish Child Care Agency (JCCA), in which he was once a youth in residence.

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Table of Contents

About the Author How to Use This Chapter-by-Chapter Guide Tips to Facilitate Discussion Chapter-by-Chapter Study Guide: Failure Is Not an Option: 6 Principles for Making Student Success the ONLY Option, Second Edition by Alan M. Blankstein Chapter 1. Why Failure Is Not an Option Chapter Content Review Activities Discussion Further Reading Resources Chapter 2. Courageous Leadership for School Success Chapter Content Review Activities Discussion Further Reading Chapter 3. 10 Common Routes to Failure, and How to Avoid Each Chapter Content Review Activities Discussion Further Reading Resources Chapter 4. Relational Trust as Foundation for the Learning Community Chapter Content Review Activities Discussion Further Reading Chapter 5. Principle 1: Common Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals Chapter Content Review Activities Discussion Further Reading Resources Chapter 6. Principle 2: Ensuring Achievement for All Students-Systems for Prevention and Intervention Chapter Content Review Activities Discussion Further Reading Resources Chapter 7. Principle 3: Collaborative Teaming Focused on Teaching for Learning Chapter Content Review Activities Discussion Further Reading Resources Chapter 8. Principle 4: Data-Based Decision Making for Continuous Improvement Chapter Content Review Activities Discussion Further Reading Resources Chapter 9. Principle 5: Gaining Active Engagement From Family and Community by Alan M. Blankstein and Pedro A. Noguera Chapter Content Review Activities Discussion Further Reading Chapter 10. Principle 6: Building Sustainable Leadership Capacity by Alan M. Blankstein with Andy Hargreaves and Dean Fink Chapter Content Review Activities Discussion Further Reading Wrap Up Your Reading With Reflection Resources Resource 1. FNO Snapshot Rubric for Educational Leaders Resource 2. FNO Student-Success Model and Critical-Success Factors Resource 3. Williamston Zoomerang Survey: Tying Professional Development to Results Resource 4. FNO Tuning Protocol Resource 5. Williamston Graphic Organizer and Rubric for Writing Resource 6. Williamston Professional Development Agenda Resource 7. Strategies for Making Time Resource 8. Self-Assessment Resource 9. Strategies for Dealing With Resistance Resource 10. Running River Elementary School Mission Statement Resource 11. Development Process for Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals Resource 12. Worksheet for Developing a School Improvement Plan Resource 13. Pyramid of Support at Coyote Ridge Elementary School Resource 14. Developing a System of Prevention and Intervention Resource 15. Instructional Learning Walks Resource 16. Checklist for Using Diagnostic (Preteaching) Assessments Resource 17. Checklist for Using Formative Assessments Resource 18. Checklist for Using Summative Assessments Workshop Evaluation Form

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