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ERIC Number: EJ806327
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Calling for Excellence with One Voice
Rourke, James; Hartzman, Marlene
Principal Leadership, v8 n10 p36-39 Jun 2008
What does shared leadership look like? At Westwood High School in Memphis, Tennessee, it is evident when teachers and staff members talk with students in the halls between classes; when students demonstrate pride in themselves and their school by being fully engaged in their classrooms; when parents participate in their children's school life; and when community members are regular partners in the school. In this environment, students approach school with a sense of mission--they know that the adults around them care deeply about their every success. This picture of collaboration and purpose was not present four years ago when Westwood was ranked at the bottom of high schools in Memphis and was about to be taken over by the state. Staff members describe being overwhelmed and demoralized. Students remember the fights and chaos. This article describes how Tommie McCarter, appointed to her first principalship, restored order at Westwood through collaborative leadership. The staff at Westwood is on a mission. They demonstrate that putting in the effort, working together, modeling the behavior, and demonstrating the expectations with one voice all the time reaps rewards. They are proud of their students and proud of themselves for what's been accomplished during the last three years.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee