Leading from the Eye of the Storm: Spirituality and Public School Improvement

Leading from the Eye of the Storm: Spirituality and Public School Improvement


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Leading from the Eye of the Storm: Spirituality and Public School Improvement by Scott Thompson

Our public school systems must be transformed in order to help every child achieve his or her potential. However, transformational leadership can be intense, complex, and often chaotic, producing storms of resistance, controversy, and pressure. To survive such storms, author Scott Thompson contends that educators must learn to lead with peace and clarity. In this book, Thompson aims to make new connections within the education reform movement, unleash new energies among leaders, and open new perspectives. Through research and in-depth interviews with seventeen educational leaders, the author explores new developments in the area of spiritual leadership for the systemic improvement of public schools. Topics of discussion include: · Core values · Moral purpose · Building shared trust · Ownership, and · Vision These and other dimensions of spiritual leadership are given grounding with practical examples and tangible results. For superintendents, central office directors, school board members, principals, teacher leaders, and those who facilitate or provide technical assistance on systemic educational improvement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781578862115
Publisher: R&L Education
Publication date: 03/16/2005
Series: Leading Systemic School Improvement Series , #5
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Scott Thompson is assistant director of the Panasonic Foundation, a corporate philanthropy devoted to the transformation of public education in the United States; editor of Strategies, an issues series by the Panasonic Foundation in cooperation with the American Association of School Administrators, and president and a founding trustee of the Glen Rock Public Education Foundation. Prior to joining the Panasonic staff, he was director of dissemination and project development with the Institute for Responsive Education and editor of New Schools, New Communities.

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Human Spirit and School Leadershipix
Preface: Genesis of This Bookxv
1Introduction: Spiritual Leadership for Improving Public Schools1
2Wholeness and Whole-System Transformation13
3Called to Serve31
4Habits of Spiritual Leaders39
5Groundwork: Trust, Openness, and Ownership49
6Groundwork: The Power of Vision and the Anchor of Core Values67
7Case Study: Transforming a School System81
8Moral Purpose, Moral Passion, Moral Courage91
9Eye of the Storm, or Clarity in Chaos103
10"What Power Had I Before I Learned to Yield?"119
11Humility in High Places129
12A Vision: Educational Rain Forests139
About the Author151

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