In American Schools, Sam Chaltain interweaves the leading ideas from the education, business, and scientific communities to outline a framework for leadership that helps educators and organizational leaders create the optimal conditions for transformational change. By pairing a rich theoretical framework with the stories of communities that have, over several years, tried to create more democratic learning communities, Chaltain does what any reader of this book will have to do - provide enough structure to empower people to do their best work, and enough freedom so that each person's inherent creativity can be unleashed.
Sam Chaltain is the National Director of the Forum for Education and Democracy and the founding director of the Five Freedoms Project. He also provides professional development for public school districts, and consults with schools on issues ranging from First Amendment law to whole-school change. Mr. Chaltain currently lives with his wife (Sarah), son (Leo), and bulldog (Rufus) in Washington, DC. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Prologue: Ways of Seeing (and of Being Seen): The Art of the Democratic Learning Community Part 4 Part I: Theory Chapter 5 Reflect (or, take the time to know "who's there?") Chapter 6 Connect (or, make the connections that let you "see the whole board") Chapter 7 Create (or, remember that "people only support what they create") Chapter 8 Equip (or, equip people with the understanding, motivation and skills they need to see their new ideas through) Chapter 9 Let Come (or, practice "urgent patience" to let the school's shared vision come naturally into being) Part 10 Part II: Practice Chapter 11 Fairview Elementary School (Modesto, CA) Chapter 12 Nursery Road Elementary School (Columbia, SC) Chapter 13 Monadnock Community Connections School (Keene, NH) Chapter 14 Epilogue: Ways of Seeing (Teec Nos Pos, AZ)