The essential strategies presented in this resource explore the necessity for building strong relationships among and between administrators, teachers, parents, and the community.
About the Author
Lawrence Marazza is the President and founder of The Lighthouse Management Group, a training and management consulting firm located in Russell, Ohio and focusing on the development of high performing school districts and quality assurance programs for public sector organizations. His career in education spans more than thirty years, twenty-six years as a Superintendent of Schools for three school districts located in two different states. He has also served as an elementary and secondary teacher, college instructor, and public administrator.
Throughout his career, he has been able to apply private sector leadership initiatives and practices to public schools. During his tenure as a superintendent he established partnerships with businesses and institutions of higher learning. Through these partnerships, he developed leadership training programs for parents, teachers, school administrators and other stakeholders in public education. Under his leadership, school district alliances with businesses and universities have produced innovative programs and practices that have resulted in significantly improved learning opportunities for students as well as the formation of collaborative teams of public school stakeholders meaningfully involved in school decision-making.
Dr. Marazza was named a "Distinguished Graduate in Teacher Education" by Mount Union College. He is also a Professional Fellow with the Weatherhead School of Business at Case Western Reserve University. In addition, he is a contributing author to The Power of Public Engagement: A Beacon of Hope for America’s Schools.
Table of Contents
PrefaceAcknowledgementsIntroduction1. The Missing Essential Connections to Educational Excellence Unconnected Systems Thinking and Planning Strategically Benchmarking for Excellence Leading Collaboratively Engaging the Public Standards-Based Governance and Quality Assurance The Integrated Essentials The Power of Consensus Random Acts of Improvement Summary2. The Power of Thinking and Planning Strategically Commitment by Governance Preparing for Strategic Planning The Power of Conversation in Public Education The Politics of Strategic Planning Training the Stakeholders The Mission and Building Principals Personal Investment in the Plan Public Engagement in Communicating the Plan Summary3. Benchmarking for Excellence Using the Sterling System Benchmarking, Intelligence, and the Sterling System Student-Results Benchmarking Benchmark for Organizational Success Integrated Management Systems Designed for Student Excellence, Using Benchmarking and Competitive Intellgience To Achieve Excellence Summary4. Leading Collaboratively for Combined Wisdom Transforming Leadership Transformationg the Principalship Change Comes From the Edge The Role of Personality Preferences in the Restructured Organization The Interpersonal Dynamics of Collaboration Retro-Programs, Sacred Cows Collaborative Organizations Organizational Characteristics of a Personal Bureaucracy At the Core of Collaborative Success Leadership and Followership Leadership Needed Today Principles Governing a Principal's Work Legitimate Followership Local Leadership Academy Systems Thinking Summary5. Engage the Public in a Productive and Proactive Manner Nine Factors of Engagement Public Involvement Building Principals and the Nine Factors Deeper Public Involvement S.W.A.T. Teams: Schools Where Achievement Thrives Kitchen Talks School Block Talk Principal-Led Parental Collaboration Summary6. Govern by Standards Developed With the Stakeholders Building Principals and the Need for Standards of Excellence Developing Standards of Excellence Consistent With School Vision Govern by Standards The Governance Model Summary7. Empower Integrated Management Systems With Five Essential Skills The Sterling Criteria for Organizaitonal Performance Excellence Principals, Five Essentials, and Sterling What Drives Organizations to Sterling Excellence? Sterling Core Values Summary8. Integrate the Five Essentials Simultaneous Development The Cycle of Implementation of the Five Essentials Cost-Benefit Analysis Administrative Arrangements versus Curricular Concerns Justify or Eliminate Summary9. Chaos, Essentials, and Learning Organizations Five Essentials and the New Science Information, Relationships, and Chaos The Five Essentials and School Culture The Five Essentials and Learning Organizations Summary10. Conlusion The Leadership Trap The Discipline of Dialogue Have You Told Them That? Changing Times, Changing Challenges Captain Education What Now? SummaryEpilogueReferencesIndex