"In this inventive 'self-help' handbook for educators, Dennis Sparks, the voice of professional development in our field, offers a compelling message: the power to lead and to learn resides within each of us if we will only summon it forth and live by it. He challenges--and helps us--not to do something but to be something different."
(Roland S. Barth, Educator)“Leading for Results is one of those rare books that warrants diligence and attention. Sparks rejects simplistic solutions to school improvement, and honors the craft knowledge and expertise of educators.”
(Richard DuFour)"The author has done all of us who want to improve education a real favor by writing this book
." (Phillip Schlechty, CEO)"Leading for Results is brimming with useful insights and practices for teachers, principals, superintendents and all leaders who wish to transform educational organizations. Leaders wishing to transform educational institutions need look no further than this helpful book."
(Jane Dutton, William Russell Kelly Professor of Business Administration)"In Leading For Results, Dennis Sparks has given us a practical, original, and tough-minded book abut what schools need now. An excellent book--but even more, a book to act on."
(Mike Schmoker, Consultant and Author)"In Leading for Results, Dennis Sparks invites readers to take part in a journey of self-discovery and actualization. In this highly personalized description of his own transformation as an educational leader, Sparks carves a path through the dense jungle of organizational complexity, helping others to see their own paths to effective leadership in new and clearer ways."
(Thomas Guskey, Professor, College of Education)Leading for Results
consists of 26 gems of action oriented vignettes. Each is a treasure in its own right, and together they make up a consistent and powerful call to action. A powerful book of purposeful reform for those at all levels of the system committed to getting results. (Michael Fullan)"Dennis Sparks provides a personal roadmap for transformational self-actualization. Simple, elegant, brilliant, and critically important."
(Ross Danis, Education Program Director)"This is clearly one of the most engaging, useful, and deeply relevant books on leading schools in print. A must read for all thoughtful principals and educational leaders."
(Kent D. Peterson, Professor, Dept of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis)
About the Author
Dennis Sparks has been executive director of the 10,000-member National Staff Development Council since 1984. He previously was an independent educational consultant and director of the Northwest Staff Development Center. Sparks has been a teacher, counselor, and co-director of an alternative high school. He completed his doctorate in counseling at the University of Michigan in 1976, and has taught at several universities. He speaks frequently throughout North America on topics such as powerful staff development and effective teaching.
Sparks has authored Designing Powerful Professional Development for Teachers and Principals (NSDC, 2002) and Conversations that Matter (NSDC, 2001), a collection of his JSD interviews since 1991. He is co-author with Stephanie Hirsh of Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn (NSDC, 2000) and A New Vision for Staff Development (ASCD/NSDC, 1997). He also co-authored, with Joan Richardson, What is Staff Development Anyway? (NSDC, 1998).
Sparks’ column appears each month NSDC's newsletter, Results. His interviews with leading educational thinkers also appear in NSDC'sJournal of Staff Development. In addition, his articles have appeared in a variety of publications, including Educational Leadership, Phi Delta Kappan, The American School Board Journal, The Principal, and The School Administrator. Sparks’ interviews and articles are accessible on the NSDC web site at www.nsdc.org/library/authors/sparks.cfm.