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.