Promises Kept: Sustaining School and District Leadership in a Turbulent Era

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ASCD, 2004 - 163 pages

* What happens when a powerful school leader leaves?

* What do innovating schools do to keep their learning agendas alive?

* How can schools regroup when upheavals at the district, state, or federal level threaten to cripple their programs?

In Sustaining Reform: A Guide for School and District Leaders, Steven J. Gross draws on his visits to schools in the midst of reform to answer these questions and discuss the triumphs and challenges that innovating schools face.

Using examples from schools and districts throughout the United States, Gross shows teachers and school leaders how to sustain positive change and effective innovations, and he provides useful tools for evaluating challenges and progress. Gross addresses the critical challenges of leadership succession, power struggles at the district and state levels, federal requirements (including the No Child Left Behind Act), and shared governance and other democratic forums.

If you're an educator who's been feeling increasingly frustrated and drained by what's happening in your school or district, you'll find in this book practical and inspiring strategies for refocusing your vision and transforming negative energy into positive change.

 

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Contents

DEALING WITH LEADERSHIP SUCCESSION
1
Understanding the Patterns of Leadership Succession
4
Leadership Mentoring
12
Teachers as School Leaders
23
KEEPING THE LEARNING AGENDA ALIVE
35
Dealing with Rapid Growth
38
Understanding Rising Expectations
48
Shared Governance as a Crucial Democratic Forum
59
Supporting Advanced TeacherLearners
99
STEERING AN HONORABLE COURSE THROUGH EXTERNAL UPHEAVALS
111
Dealing Effectively With District Leadership
114
When the State and the Feds Come Marching In
126
Recasting the Vision Without Selling Out One Schools Story
140
CONCLUSION
149
REFERENCES
153
INDEX
157

SUSTAINING THE CULTURE OF INNOVATION
71
Integrating New Faculty
74
Integrating New Families and Students
90
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
163
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