Leadership for the Schoolhouse: How Is It Different? Why Is It Important?

Leadership for the Schoolhouse: How Is It Different? Why Is It Important?

by Thomas J. Sergiovanni, Thomas J. Sergiovanni
     
 

Are schools really special places, or simply organizations that share the features and characteristics of all other organizations? In Leadership for the Schoolhouse, Thomas J. Sergiovanni shows that schools are indeed unique places that require their own theories and practices. And, if schools are to improve, these theories and practices cannot be imported from

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Are schools really special places, or simply organizations that share the features and characteristics of all other organizations? In Leadership for the Schoolhouse, Thomas J. Sergiovanni shows that schools are indeed unique places that require their own theories and practices. And, if schools are to improve, these theories and practices cannot be imported from corporations or business schools, but must emerge from and be central to what schools are like, what they are trying to do, and who they serve. This book provides school administrators and reform activists with a comprehensive framework for creating unique leadership for the schoolhouse that is more community-like, more democratic, and more responsive both to what we know about human nature and what know about how students learn and develop. This can be accomplised, Sergiovanni shows, by replacing the politics of division—which emphasize contracts and deals, and winning and losing—with the politics of virtue which emphasize a shared commitment to the common good. Arguing that teacher development is the single most important key to improving schools in the long run, Sergiovanni explains how we can change school cultures so that they become learning and inquiring communities for teachers as well as students. Throughout the book, Sergiovanni draws on numerous ideas and real-life examples from a variety of schools and school districts to sort out what does and does not make sense when thinking about leadership for our schools.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Appeals to both the mind and the heart.... Sergiovanni gives educators a powerful template for crafting responsible and humane schools." (Educational Leadership)

"Sergiovanni believes education must develop its own theories and practices based on what schools are trying to do and the kinds of people schools serve.... He also analyzes basic questions that could help in developing a purely educational theory of leadership for schooling.... Sergiovanni's inspiring work is recommended for all levels of readers." (Choice)

"The first book I've seen for years that provides an AUTHENTIC organization for our schools—one reflecting their core purposes, functions, and rhythms, rather than one imported from another sector and another logic. Somehow, we school people have become an occupied territory for exotic ideas and working arrangements. Sergiovanni shows the way back, while tAnding to the reconstruction of our communities for contemporary times. Reading this book will make educators feel like they have come home to familiar land and can still build anew from there." (Michael Huberman, professor, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University)

"This book provides a practical yet powerful perspective on why so many popular organizational theories just don't work for schools. Sergiovanni's alternative vision of schools as caring, intimate places built on mutual respect, civic responsibility, and shared purposes gets to the heart of excellence in education." (Ernest L. Boyer, former president, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching)

"Sergiovanni has given us his most compelling argument yet for schools where teachers and principals are members of an inquiring community. Building this kind of community calls for a new theory of leadership—one that must be invented by the real practices of teachers and principals in the process of getting there. An original and exciting view of humane schools!" (Ann Lieberman, professor and codirector, National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching)

"Sergiovanni sees school leadership as the magic that fashions human communities in schools, rather than as a system to raise test scores. Schools that reach for his magic will raise their test scores, even as they ignore the tests." (Harold Howard II, senior lecturer in education, Harvard University, and former U.S. commissioner of education)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787901196
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Series:
Education Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
227
Product dimensions:
6.29(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.86(d)

Meet the Author

THOMAS J. SERGIOVANNI is Lillian Radford Professor of Education and Administration, senior fellow at the Center for Educational Leadership, and founder of the Trinity Principal's Center at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He is the author of several books, including The Lifeworld of Leadership, Building Community in Schools, and Moral Leadership.

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