Giving Wings to Children's Dreams: Making Our Schools Worthy of Our Children

Giving Wings to Children's Dreams: Making Our Schools Worthy of Our Children

by Paul D. Houston
     
 

The former director of the American Association of School Administrators outlines a coherent countervision for turning schools back into places that nurture children.

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The former director of the American Association of School Administrators outlines a coherent countervision for turning schools back into places that nurture children.

Editorial Reviews

John Wilson
"Paul Houston throws a huge roadblock in the way of test-driven bean counters with this coldly realistic yet uplifting new course to school improvement. He challenges us to harness the know-how and capacity of the nation’s educators and communities to transform our schools.”
Sheila Gragg
"Giving Wings to Children’s Dreams is not only a refreshing read with original views on the state of our schools and the efforts of our teachers, but it provides a ‘just in time’ prescription for bringing sanity back into education reform."
The School Administrator
"In page after page, any public educator will recognize that this is written by someone who understands and articulates our frustrations, but more importantly our dreams of 'making our schools worthy of our children.'"
Seidah Ashshaheed
"The author’s ability to breathe humor into a serious topic such as school reform and truly reaching our children is a mark of genius."
Kathleen Cushman
"Throughout the book, Houston keeps his focus firmly on students. Each time he picks up a new strand of the educational debate, he re-centers the reader on the students’ experience. This book has the potential to re-center our national conversation on education policy by examining professional issues through powerful personal experience."
William Sommers
"This book provides real-life examples of what can be done. We have enough data about what is wrong with our schools. Through practical experiences, Houstondescribes possibilities for students and schools. The integration of learning theory, leadership, and organizational development creates hope. Yes, positive change can be accomplished, and this book provides some excellent ways to support students and staff in the pursuit of learning."
Roberto A. Pamas
"As an experienced teacher and administrator, I found myself moved, inspired, and motivated to do whatever it takes to provide meaningful learning experiences for all children."
Anne L. Bryant
“Giving Wings to Children’s Dreams combines doable, concrete strategies to transform our schools with that rare commodity—common sense—and Houston does this with literary grace and style.”
Gail Connelly
"By reminding us that education is more a matter of the heart than the head and that possibility outweighs performance, Houston succeeds in giving wings to dreams of educators everywhere – uplifting students to their highest potential and letting them fly."
Patty Minrovic
"Integration of 21st century skills and, especially, the use of technology in establishing Houston's model for schools illustrates his holistic and timely approach to reform."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412980357
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
08/10/2010
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Paul D. Houston has established himself as one of the leading spokespersons for American education through his extensive speaking engagements, published articles, and his regular appearances on national radio and television.Formerly executive director of the American Association of School Administrators from 1994 to 2008, Houstonhas served asa teacher and building administrator in North Carolina and New Jersey. He has also served as assistant superintendent in Birmingham, Alabama, and as superintendent of schools in Princeton, NJ; Tucson, AZ; and Riverside, CA. Houston has served in an adjunct capacity for the University of North Carolina, Harvard University, Brigham Young University, and Princeton University. He has served as a consultant and speaker throughout the United States and overseas, and he has published more than 100 articles in professional journals.

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