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ERIC Number: ED498809
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct-23
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
A Mission of the Heart: What Does It Take to Transform a School? Pre-Release Report
Johnson, Jean
Public Agenda
Transforming failing schools presents special leadership challenges. What do successful "turnaround" principals actually do? What skills do they need? Where should we be looking for such leaders and what support do they need? For answers, the Wallace Foundation asked Public Agenda to interview principals currently working in high-needs schools as well as education leaders with experience working with effective principals. The results of these interviews can be found in this preliminary report (a final report by Public Agenda is expected later this year). Among the many preliminary insights from these interviews: school leaders tend to fall into two categories: (1) "transformers" who have a clear vision for their schools and a can-do attitude that enables them to get past obstacles; and (2) "copers" who seem overwhelmed by the challenges and have difficulty prioritizing teaching and learning. This report outlines 10 insights from the interviews as a way to promote discussion about effective leadership for high-needs schools: how we define it, how we advance it, and how we find more of it. (Contains 1 footnote.) [This report was prepared for the Wallace Foundation by Public Agenda.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Public Agenda Foundation, New York, NY.
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