AASA on Courageous and Uplifting Leadership – Part Five

No. 5: Build sustainable relations. The lifeblood of any organization is trusting relationships. Without trust among the adults in a school, there is almost no chance that students will excel in their academics. Building relationships with school boards, community members and parents makes it possible for district leaders to advance …

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AASA on Courageous and Uplifting Leadership – Part Four

The greatest challenges to success for every student in America are the policies that promote one child over another and punish educators for being ill-equipped to address the multiple and increasingly serious issues students bring with them to school. Even in the toughest circumstances, someone in each district is succeeding …

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AASA on Courageous and Uplifting Leadership – Part Three

(the following is an excerpt from a forthcoming issue of The School Administrator.  See AASA.org) No. 3: Make organizational meaning. The best school districts choose an overarching strategy for improvement rooted in their stakeholders’ core beliefs and vision, a clear-eyed analysis of the internal facts and external research, and a …

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AASA on Courageous and Uplifting Leadership – Part Two

(the following is an excerpt from a forthcoming issue of The School Administrator.  See AASA.org) Part 2: Face the facts and your fears. Data reflecting poor performance, especially among subgroups, often become the catalyst to action. In Abington, Pa., the data showing gaps between the majority of the student body …

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AASA on Courageous and Uplifting Leadership – Part One

(the following is an excerpt from a forthcoming issue of The School Administrator.  See AASA.org) It was Monday morning and the middle school had flooded over the weekend. Told it would take two weeks to reopen, the superintendent quickly moved this crisis to the top of his growing list that …

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Foreword to Excellence Through Equity by Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Foreword to Excellence Through Equity by Archbishop Desmond Tutu   Having helped to act as a catalyst and to shepherd one of the world’s few peaceful transitions from a colonial occupation to a democratically elected president, I can say that a movement is born out of the convergence of dire …

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How Singapore Students Beat the World in “Problem-solving” and What this Means for America

In the first PISA exams designed to measure problem-solving, Singapore’s 562 score toped 44 countries and economies in an area that Western countries used to claim as their last domain of preeminence. After returning from Singapore to keynote the 2014 summit along with Michael Fullan, Andy Hargreaves and Louise Stoll for …

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