ERIC Number: ED472288
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Leading Change: Principals' Stories of School Reform.
Fisher, Susan, Ed.
This little book contains eight stories of school reform and leadership by eight public-school principals. Each principal leads a school that is a member of the Coalition of Essential Schools. The principals' stories are highly personal, often focusing more on the individual principal than on the reforms they brought about. Nevertheless, through the literary device of personal history, the authors provide solid lessons on leadership, which is the purpose of this exercise. This book is meant to be a guide-- based on the experiences of successful change agents-on leadership for public-school administrators. The principals/authors describe the challenges facing them and their school and detail the steps they took to bring about meaningful change. Along the way, they recount their personal journeys to positions of leadership and share their values, feelings, and beliefs on educational reform and school leadership. In the process, the principals/authors provide many practical tips on instructional leadership and cover such topics as effective communication; building teams and consensus; developing outcomes; creating a vision for the school; working with parents and the community; getting teachers to "buy in" to the change process; and prioritizing problems and tasks. (WFA)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Change Agents, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Leadership, Leaders, Leadership Responsibility, Principals
Coalition of Essential Schools, Brown University, Box 1969, Providence, RI 02912.
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Coalition of Essential Schools, Providence, RI.