What Matters Most for School Leaders: 25 Reminders of What Is Really Important

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A primer of what is truly important for today’s school leaders, this survival guide is made up of25 fundamental insights and baseline beliefs that never change.

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Editorial Reviews

Gary McCartney
The author weaves quotes, inspirational messages, and stories in a masterful way.
Sandra Harris
The book's major strengths are its readability and its excellent number of practical, doable suggestions for busy principals and superintendents to implement.
The School Administrator
"This compact guide of 25 fundamental insights and baseline beliefs offers a common-sense approach to school leadership, providing practical tips and strategies."
Gary Mc Cartney
The author weaves quotes, inspirational messages, and stories in a masterful way.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412904520
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Series: 1-Off Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,369,578
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert D. Ramsey is a lifelong educator who has served as a "leader of leaders" in three award-winning school districts in two different states. His frontline experience includes positions a teacher, counselor, assistant principal, curriculum director, assistant superintendent, acting superintendent, and adjunct professor. Most recently, he has served as associate superintendent in the St. Louis Park (MN) schools, where every school has been designated by the federal government as a National School of Excellence. Ramsey is now working full-time as a freelance writer in Minneapolis.

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Table of Contents

Preface : why this book? why now?
Introduction : some things never change 1
1 What you do is special 3
2 Primero los ninos : children first 11
3 There are no throwaway kids 19
4 Strong schools make a strong nation 25
5 Schools are sacred places of hope 31
6 Teaching is the greatest profession 39
7 Passion is the engine that drives school leadership 47
8 What matters most costs the least 55
9 Schools are only as strong as the community allows 63
10 When it's your own kid, it's different 71
11 That pesky golden rule still works 77
12 Someone has to be the grown-up 87
13 Good leaders learn to "K.I.S.S." and enjoy the happiness of subtraction 93
14 You can't have too much integrity 101
15 Common sense is better than a college degree : the grandma test 109
16 Sometimes kids need candy more than milk 117
17 A chicken doesn't stop scratching just because worms are scarce 123
18 The reverse side has a reverse side 129
19 The best leader is a "servant leader" 137
20 Your mother didn't raise you to be a bureaucrat 145
21 Politicians and armchair quarterbacks don't get it - so you have to 153
22 If you're not having fun, you're doing it wrong 161
23 Things are never as bad as you think they are; and you're braver, stronger, and smarter than you imagine 173
24 You work to live, not live to work 181
25 It's worth it! 191
A final word : the Ouija board effect 193
Resource A What others say about what matters most (in school and in life) 195
Resource B Other books about what matters most 199
Resource C Other lasting truths that couldn't be squeezed into this little book 201
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