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From the Publisher"A penetrating analysis of today's whopping school leadershipcrisis, and a wake-up call for a revolution in principalpreparation. Filled with provocative ideas on how to address thedemands for unprecedented improvement in student performance."—Jerome Murphy, professor of education and former dean, HarvardGraduate School of Education
"The Principal Challenge does a brilliant job ofchronicling the failure of our school districts and our schools ofeducation to prepare school principals for the job ahead. This bookis both a stimulus for action and a handbook of new models forleadership development. Everyone who wants public education tosucceed should read it." —John C. Fryer, Jr., superintendent,Duval County Schools, Florida and former commandant, National WarCollege
"This panoramic view of the principalship is powerful. Not onlydoes this book present issues few are willing to openly discuss, itlays out solutions. It is a must-read for everyone interested inthe future of our kids." —Patricia A. Harvey, superintendent,Saint Paul, Minnesota Public Schools
"For too long, the heart of educational leadership has beenneglected. This book provides a welcome transfusion. The coeditorsare obviously well grounded in both theory and practice. Theircritique of schools of education is right on target." —TerranceDeal, Irving R. Melbo Scholar, Rossier School of Education,University of Southern California
"The Principal Challenge represents a ray of hope and avoice of reason for principals, who are under enormous pressurefrom states, localities, and communities to produce results indemanding circumstances. There are few jobs today with as many andas divergent responsibilities as that of a principal. A new visionof the principalship is required, and The PrincipalChallenge delivers." —Maria Tukeva, principal, BellMulticultural High School, Washington, D.C.
"The strategies in this book come down to one simple piece ofadvice: offer better preparation for the future leaders of ourschools." (American School Board Journal, 4/03)