No Challenge Left Behind: Transforming American Education Through Heart and Soul

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This provocative book offers insights on public education in a landscape of global competition, the economic gulf between social classes, the explosion of information, and competing expectations.
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Editorial Reviews

Alan M. Blankstein
“This brilliant distillation of the best thinking from one of the great minds in our field reconnects the reader to his moral purpose while providing the passion, clarity, and pithy language to act on it. This funny, uplifting page-turner inspires profound ‘aha’ moments needed to be a ‘hope-pusher’ internally while effectively advocating for children in the larger community.”
Anne L. Bryant
“To say that Paul Houston has a way with words is the understatement of all times. Readers will not only enjoy this engaging book, they will keep reflecting on the lessons learnedfromsomeone who translates the real issues in public education into sublime teachings for life.”
Daniel H. Pink
“Paul Houston thinks like a man of action and acts like a man of thought. His writings are packed with the wisdom, grace, and innovation that have made him one of the true leaders in American public education today.”
Richard Riley
“Paul Houston is a crusader for American public education. The articles in this book demonstrate Houston’s commitment to public schools and the students they serve. His fresh ideas provide answers to some of the toughest challenges our schools and school leaders face today.”
Gail Connelly
"These timeless essays invite us to see public schools and the children we serve in a new light. Houston opens our minds with his powerful thoughts and touches our hearts with his understanding and passion.”
Gerald N. Tirozzi
“Paul Houston’s extensive knowledge and expertise of the issues facing today’s busy school administrators is unparalleled. He has been at the forefront of the debate on transforming American education, and he always speaks from the heart and soul. This collection of writings is indeed a testament to Houston's legacy and his deep love and commitment to public education.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412968621
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/21/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • 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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Table of Contents

Foreword   Terrence E. Deal     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
About the Author     xiii
Introduction     1
The Building Blocks of Leadership
So? ... But Not So What!     6
Finding Our Voice     9
Breaking Away     12
Risking Our Significance     15
Daily Blessings     18
Living in a Jerry Springer World     21
The Samurai Superintendent     24
The Axis of Evil     27
On Becoming a Hope Pusher     30
A View From the Top     33
Life's Lessons From My Dog Holly     36
New Role: Superintendent of Education
Getting It Right     42
Revenge of the Blob     45
Nearly Famous     48
A Critical Position in Critical Condition     51
On the Penguin March Through Life     54
Who You Gonna Call?     57
Building Fields of Dreams     60
To Lead My Trek, I Pick Scotty     63
Transforming Public Education: Challenges and Solutions
Lessons From Room 411     68
Burning Thoughts on a Snowy Day     71
The Seven Deadly Sins of No Child Left Behind     74
AuthenticAccountability     84
Barking Up the Right Tree     87
Intelligent Redesign: Reframing the Discussion on High School Reform     94
Einstein's Brain     100
Advancing System Leadership     103
Making Great Time on a Lost Highway     107
Diverse Learners     110
Butchers or Tailors?     113
The Bigotry of Expectations     116
Running Schools Like Business     119
NCLB: Dreams and Nightmares     122
Lessons From the Road
Bagpipes and a Spot of Grace     128
Finding the Right Words     131
Snow Blind     134
Is Possible?     137
A Pint of Good Sense     140
The Road to Hana     143
Water and Ice     146
Seeing the Forest and the Trees     149
Ode to Joy     152
Negotiating the Past and the Future     155
The Fantasy and Flow of Vietnam     158
A Worthy Import From Singapore     161
Digging My Way to China     164
Index     167
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