ERIC Number: ED489055
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Promises Kept: Sustaining School and District Leadership in a Turbulent Era
Gross, Steven Jay
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Following through on the principles and guidelines from the ASCD book Staying Centered: Curriculum Leadership in a Turbulent Era, Steven J. Gross gives the reader a blueprint for extending the legacy of curriculum innovation for 10 years or more. Firsthand accounts from innovative schools and districts flesh out the key challenges to overcome, including: (1) What reforming schools do when upheavals from the district and state and federal governments threaten to turn their programs upside-down; (2) How to uncover the forces behind dangerous growth and unrealistic expectations and respond in time to protect your school's focus on learning; (3) Why understanding the patterns of leadership change can help you create an effective plan for leadership succession; and (4) How to keep innovative school cultures alive in the face of inevitable staff turnover Action. The book contains strategies, checklists, gauges, and assessment tools throughout the book to help evaluate challenges and progress and employ the right ideas for situations. The following four challenges are described: Challenge 1, Dealing with Leadership Succession, contains the chapters: (1) Understanding the Patterns of Leadership Succession; (2) Leadership Mentoring; (3) Teachers as School Leaders; and Conclusion to Challenge 1. Challenge 2, Keeping the Learning Agenda Alive, continues with the next chapters: (4) Dealing with Rapid Growth; (5) Understanding Rising Expectations; (6) Shared Governance as a Crucial Democratic Forum; and Conclusion to Challenge 2. Challenge 3, Sustaining the Culture of Innovation, and the next chapters: (7) Integrating New Faculty; (8) Integrating New Families and Students; (9) Supporting Advanced Teacher-Learners; and Conclusion to Challenge 3. The final, Challenge 4, Steering an Honorable Course Through External Upheavals, and the final chapters: (10) Dealing Effectively With District Leadership; (11) When the State and the Feds Come Marching In; (12) Recasting the Vision Without Selling Out: One School's Story; and Conclusion to Challenge 4.
Descriptors: Leadership, Educational Change, Mentors, Governance, School Districts, Educational Administration, Check Lists, Evaluation Methods, Curriculum, Educational Innovation, Instructional Leadership
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), 1703 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311. Tel: 800-933-2723 (Toll Free); e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.