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ERIC Number: EJ1013966
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1537-5749
A Conversation on "Cage-Busting Leadership": Manager Editor Angela Pascopella Speaks with Author Frederick M. Hess
Pascopella, Angela
District Administration, v49 n5 p53-55 May 2013
Recalling the myth of Sisyphus repeatedly pushing the same boulder up a mountain in his new book, author and educator Frederick M. Hess explains how the K12 education leadership is faltering, and how it can rise above. "Cage-Busting Leadership" (Harvard Education Press, February 2013) is a new book and consequently, a small, growing movement for educators trying to take a machete to administrative red tape and contracts that tend to paralyze district leaders from doing what is best and right for the students. Hess, who is also director of education policy studies at American Enterprise Institute, explains in the introduction how Sisyphus' "mountain" in schools can be seen in, for example, having to plead for funding or trying to slash routines that smother creative problem solving. Hess provides real examples of cage-busters making change now, and he believes that any administrator can and should bust out of their cages using such examples as evidence that moving beyond barriers is possible. "District Administration's" Angela Pascopella recently spoke with Hess, who also serves as executive editor of "Education Next," and as lead faculty member for the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program, to learn how leadership can take a different path in the years ahead.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia; New York
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