A TALE OF COURAGE AND THE QUEST FOR FREEDOM AGAINST ALL ODDS ...The land of Hadar lies since countless ages under a shroud of darkness. An ancient Legend explains how all this has happened and fifteen-year-old Elran, a true Korath, believes in the story even as he surrenders to his fate of being a captive to the gloom--possibly forever ... Then, one day, he meets Ayra, the new girl in the village. Through her, Elran is drawn into the world of the Maldabrah, a small mysterious commune whose people claim to have eyes that can pierce through the veil of darkness and see the light which, they assert, is shining bright upon the whole land. There Elran learns about the tale of a mystical river flowing through a remote region; a river in whose waters, he is told, ultimate freedom from the darkness can be found. It could be the truth or a blatant lie. Elran decides to find out. But hardly has he begun his journey when he is hurled into a horrifying web of terror, along with the threat of an unknown, mystifying nature that seems intent to track and stop him with dogged determination. Now Elran is trapped in a nightmare he never dreamed is possible, a nightmare that turns his world upside down and changes him forever ...
Achieve success step by step The topic of management by wandering around is not new, but the authors’ approach is fresh and timely. This current rendition based on the original work by Frase and Hetzel gives new and seasoned administrators smart, practical advice about what to do in critical school leadership circumstances. This text cites more than 20 well-constructed research studies that show how management by wandering around produces desirable outcomes, including: Higher student achievement Improved school culture Higher teacher efficacy Topics covered include developing meeting agendas, supervising instruction, dealing with marginal teachers, and creating safe campuses.
This guide presents a description of the standards and related skills school leaders must master and apply. Since every school leader needs a well-defined philosophy to make decisions, the guide emphasizes philosophical, performance, and ethical dimensions of school leadership. The book's 10 chapters address such issues as visionary leadership, including the skills and disposition needed to lead others to peak performance; the political skills needed for school governance in a democracy; the proficiency in communication and community relations required for articulating a vision; the skills in organizational management; insights on developing a curriculum design and delivery system for diverse school communities; expertise in instructional management and the development of a data-based student-achievement system; the related need to focus on staff evaluation and staff development; the knowledge that school leaders need to make the most of educational research, evaluation, and planning; and the importance of understanding and modeling appropriate value systems, ethics, and moral leadership. Two appendices offer an overview of major advances in standard settings and an overview of future trends. (RJM)
This book offers a blueprint to building a strong, effective, and dynamic management team whose members are empowered to succeed. The fifteen leadership principles show the reader how to win the cooperation and loyalty of the individuals on whose cooperation real success depends.
Here at last is a book with a vision - not of what's wrong in American schools or what should be done to improve them - but about what is actually being accomplished right now in schools across the country that are committed to teaching all children. This is a book about what works... and about the positive changes that take place when everyone involved in children's education joins ranks to create schools committed to teaching so that children learn. It is an important book - providing both a roadmap and a source of inspiration for parents, teachers, school administrators, Boards of Education, and those who care about children and their education. The success stories recounted here are amazing - test scores that catapult the performance of a school district from the bottom of the barrel to well above average performance in just a few years... schools once plagued by vandalism and disorderly students now beehives of educational activity and enthusiasm... parents who have become involved because they appreciate the welcoming atmosphere of their children's school. The Effective School movement began with an article published by Ron Edmonds in 1979 and has spread to dozens of motivated school systems throughout the U.S. The core of the program is seven "correlates" - guiding principles that underlie the Effective Schools improvement process. At the heart of this philosophy is the conviction that all children, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, or gender, can learn... and the commitment to creating schools that challenge and nurture and get results. What kind of community can create this kind of school? Any community that has the will to make the necessary changes, say educators who have succeeded. Although the changes aren't always easy, the results are undeniable. There are shining examples of effective schools across the country, from the Spanish Harlem area of New York City... to the schools of Junction City, Kansas, with its many mobile children of the military... the suburban schools of Frederick County Maryland... and the once-neglected Hollibrook Elementary School in Spring Branch, Texas. The stories of schools and school systems that have implemented an Effective Schools program are told here in the participant's own words. To this account, the authors interviewed over 450 people - teachers, parents, administrators, psychologists, government officials, and scores of others - and visited dozens of schools across the country - urban, suburban, and rural. The result is a book that shows exactly what's involved in initiating, implementing, and making educational reform work.