Journey to a High-Achieving School: Eliminate Destructive Excuses

Journey to a High-Achieving School: Eliminate Destructive Excuses

By: Ken Biddle (author), Fred J. Abbate (author), Joseph M. Tomaselli (author)Paperback

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Journey to a High-Achieving School: Eliminate Destructive Excuses examines the range of devastating excuses often expressed for failure to attain significant improvement in our schools. Using the methods of systems thinking and leadership practices that are employed in high-performing organizations of all kinds, this book shows concretely and specifically that what is at the root of these excuses can be overcome.

About Author

Fred J. Abbate has worked as a corporate executive, major industry association CEO, organizational consultant, university professor and Director of Leadership New Jersey for over 30 years. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, has published three books, and has lectured widely on educational reform, leadership theory, decision-making, communications and strategic planning. Ken Biddle has over 25 years experience in leadership development and in facilitating the implementation of change management strategies. He has held several key executive positions, including Director of Quality within a large federal agency, Vice President and Senior Partner in an international consulting firm, and Executive Director of a state-wide nonprofit organization. Joseph Tomaselli has been an educator for over 30 years, having served as a teacher, guidance counselor, principal, project director, board of education member, and adjunct professor. He has led New Jersey's statewide initiative to bring continuous improvement and world-class standards to schools, and he created the Achievement-Based Character Development Program aimed at improving academic achievement and creating a safer school climate.


Preface Introduction Chapter 1: Why Another Book About Education? Chapter2: The Excuse-riddled Mindset Some Preliminaries Number One: "You Just Don't Get Our Problem" Number Two: "Students Aren't Interested in Learning" Number Three: "Our Community Doesn't Support Us, is Probably Against Us" Number Four: "Change is Something That Teachers by Nature Resist" Number Five: "Tenure Makes Good Teaching About as Valuable as Acne" Number Six: "School Leaders are Really Terrible Models of Excellence" Number Seven: "School Board Politics Will Destroy Every One of Us Anyway" A Few Reflections Ideas for Further Consideration Chapter 3: Defeating the Excuses, Part 1 The Dirty Little Secret in an Excuse-riddled Organization Where We Go Right: The Culture of Success The Critical Role of Leadership: Performing the Truth The Lessons of Authentic Leadership Challenging the Ghosts of the Past Ideas for Further Consideration Chapter 4: Defeating the Excuses, Part 2 The Excuses Examined A Few More Points about Eliminating Excuses Ideas for Further Consideration Chapter 5: Can These Things Work in Any School? Even Mine? You're Kidding! Leadership Underscored (Again) The Model: Plan-Do-Check-Act Systems Thinking and Leadership The Excuses Re-examined: The Power of I.D.E.A.S. The Journey to High-achieving Schools IDEAS at Work: One District's Experience What the Case Shows Ideas for Further Consideration Chapter 6: Every Journey Has a Few Potholes. Here's Some Help in How to Handle Them. The Frustration Factor Magic Bullet Myths The "Good Enough" Syndrome Damn the Facts-Full Speed Ahead! The Blame Game Organizational Amnesia Conspiracy Theory Fire Fighting Blurred Vision One or Two Concluding Thoughts Ideas for Further Consideration Appendix The Eight Lessons of Authentic Leadership An Authentic Leader's Self-assessment A Glossary of Some Useful Terms Leaders and Leadership: Some Sources IDEAS Project Report Template

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781475800456
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 136
  • ID: 9781475800456
  • ISBN10: 1475800452

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