ERIC Number: ED472636
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
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Purpose, Passion and Conviction: Three Traits that Matter Most When the Going Gets Tough in Instructional Reform.
Akhavan, Nancy L.
Currently, California education leaders face the task of implementing and sustaining proven practices that increase student achievement. Teachers who are able to sustain change in their classroom practices possess purpose for the cause for improving student learning, passion for implementing quality instruction, and conviction to stay focused over extended time. Principals who sustain reform efforts lead schools with vibrant climates and cultures that exhibit these qualities. This paper reports on how these three traits were used in transforming Lee Richmond School, California, from an underperforming school into an example of educational success. A core leadership team for instruction was established that promoted a sense of purpose in the faculty. The principal, in becoming teacher, learner, and coach, helped instill a sense of passion in the faculty that their work matters and that, as their expertise increases, so the importance of their work. By encouraging reflective conversations among the faculty, the principal helped bolster the conviction that their reforms were taking effect. By making purpose, passion, and conviction permanent parts of the school culture, the school's reform efforts were ensured. (RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: California