"My shelves are overflowing with books about leadership and education. This one I will keep close by. Any time I begin to doubt the difference schools and leaders can make, I will pick it up, turn to a story and remind myself of why I became an educator."
-From the Foreword by Terrence E. Deal
A collection of influential and insightful articles on educational leadership!
In this resource, retiring executive director of the American Association of School Administrators, former superintendent, and best-selling author Paul D. Houston examines the growing complexity of the educational process and the challenge of transforming learning into an engaging, meaningful-and even joyful-experience. Houston offers an enlightening perspective on global competition, the widening gulf between those who have and those who don't, the explosion of information, and a landscape of competing expectations. This provocative book on the "soul work" of education covers:
Building Blocks of Leadership
Transforming Public Education: Challenges and Solutions
Superintendent of Learning and Education
Lessons From the Road
Paul D. Houston has established himself as one of the leading spokespersons for American education through his extensive speaking engagements, published articles, and his regular appearances on national radio and television. Formerly executive director of the American Association of School Administrators from 1994 to 2008, Houston has served as a teacher and building administrator in North Carolina and New Jersey. He has also served as assistant superintendent in Birmingham, Alabama, and as superintendent of schools in Princeton, NJ; Tucson, AZ; and Riverside, CA. Houston has served in an adjunct capacity for the University of North Carolina, Harvard University, Brigham Young University, and Princeton University. He has served as a consultant and speaker throughout the United States and overseas, and he has published more than 100 articles in professional journals.
Foreword by Terrence E. Deal Introduction Acknowledgments About the Author 1. The Building Blocks of Leadership So?...But Not So What! Finding Our Voice Breaking Away Risking Our Significance Daily Blessings Living in a Jerry Springer World The Samurai Superintendent The Axis of Evil On Becoming a Hope Pusher A View From the Top Life's Lessons From My Dog Holly 2. New Role: Superintendent of Education Getting It Right Revenge of the Blob Nearly Famous A Critical Position in Critical Condition On the Penguin March Through Life Who You Gonna Call? Building Fields of Dreams To Lead My Trek, I Pick Scotty 3. Transforming Public Education: Challenges and Solutions Lessons From Room 411 Burning Thoughts on a Snowy Day The Seven Deadly Sins of No Child Left Behind Authentic Accountability Barking Up the Right Tree Intelligent Redesign: Reframing the Discussion on High School Reform Einstein's Brain Advancing System Leadership Making Great Time on a Lost Highway Diverse Learners Butchers or Tailors The Bigotry of Expectations Running Schools Like Business NCLB: Dreams and Nightmares 4. Lessons From the Road Bagpipes and a Spot of Grace Finding the Right Words Snow Blind Is Possible? A Pint of Good Sense The Road to Hana Water and Ice Seeing the Forest and the Trees Ode to Joy Negotiating the Past and the Future The Fantasy and Flow of Vietnam A Worthy Import From Singapore Digging My Way to China Index