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Getting It Done: Leading Academic Success in Unexpected Schools Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-1612501017 ISBN-10: 161250101X

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Education Press (October 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161250101X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612501017
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With an astonishing combination of detailed evidence and nuanced insight, Getting It Done provides a blueprint for leaders of our most challenging schools. There are no quick fixes or feel-good stories here. Chenoweth and Theokas give us simultaneous doses of encouragement and challenge, letting us know that academic excellence is possible in a high-poverty school while being candid about the difficulties involved. Principals should read this book to gain a sense of hope, and then study it with every staff member to apply these essential lessons. --Douglas B. Reeves, founder, The Leadership and Learning Center

Getting It Done makes me more certain than ever that an important way forward for American education is to study what our best school leaders do and to use what we learn to improve professional development for current and future school principals. Chenoweth and Theokas show that there are indeed lessons to be harvested and passed along. Improving school leadership is an achievable goal that will advance both equity and excellence in the nation s educational outcomes. Let s get it done! --From the Foreword by Ronald F. Ferguson, faculty director, Achievement Gap Initiative, Harvard University

About the Author

Karin Chenoweth is writer-in-residence at The Education Trust. Christina Theokas is director of research at The Education Trust.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ann Remus on March 29, 2012
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As a long time K-12 educator, I love this book. Well-written, it carefully describes the work of thirty-three school leaders who have opened academic success to students in challenging, previously unsuccessful schools. The data is clear and compelling. The stories are inspiring. Most importantly, the case studies detail the specific attitudes, behaviors and knowledge that can turn ordinary people into extraordinary leaders. It is the effective schools and leadership research in action. The work described is not easy, but buy the book and get ready for a healthy shot of energizing moral courage.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dan S. on February 8, 2012
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A friend of a friend told me about this book, simply because I'm passionate about education in our Country. I don't work in the field, or anything close, but I have three young children in public school, and I'm an American who knows that top notch public education is vital for our nation's future success. The authors shoot straight, get right to the heart of the matter in an easy to read, yet fact-based, writing style. Everyone who cares about our public schools should read this book...I just may buy a few hundred copies and send 'em to Congress!
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By Phoebe Tufts on February 23, 2012
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As a teacher for nearly 20 years and a current student in a leadership program, I am exceedingly grateful that I found the trio of books by Karin Chenoweth that ends with Getting it Done (coathored by Christina Theokas) . The books add new depth to the wisdom, "It is what I learned after I thought I knew it all that counts." These are must-reads for an intelligent look at our nation's schools.
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This is a must read for instructional leaders. Have you ever had a teacher say "He comes from a poor, diverse home and he just can't seem to learn"? We know all kids can learn and here is the proof...........It's Being Done! Read it, Give it to your teachers to read and other administrators. I have been in education for 35 years and this is one of the best books on this topic.
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