- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 24, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1475806949
- ISBN-13: 978-1475806946
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,537,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Becoming a Great School: Harnessing the Powers of Quality Management and Collaborative Leadership
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I was blown away by it! It’s inspirational and should be required reading for all school administrators. It explains in very objective and concrete ways how to motivate teachers to work together in the best interests of the students. If all schools were modeled on this book, teachers would be excited to go to school and students would be engaged in the learning process. (Nina Mazloff, director of teacher education, Becker College, Worcester, Massachusetts)
This book is extraordinary. It details each step necessary to create and institutionalize quality management and collaborative leadership. The recommended process tools and organizational approaches are very understandable and achievable. It is a must-read for school administrators who are working to establish a dynamic, continuous learning environment. (Dr. Jane Baugh, former deputy chief information officer for instruction, New York City Public Schools)
Becoming a Great School clarifies in a direct, systematic way how a principal can build a school culture that will improve student achievement. It addresses what matters most—building consensus, upgrading relationships, and paying attention to the quality of a school culture—and then offers the ways to re-tool your educational system. This should be required reading for every school administrator. (Jillayne T. Flanders, principal, Plains Elementary School, South Hadley, Massachusetts)
All I can say is WOW…The book includes proven strategies to assist educational leaders to move their schools to the highest levels of excellence. Administrators and faculty in colleges and universities with educational leadership and certification programs should read and then share this book with students in those programs. (Dr. Bill Osborne, professor and dean of education emeritus, East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma)
A MUST READ for insight into a powerful, proven, successful blueprint, which will empower and challenge faculty, enrich school culture and curriculum, and improve test scores with no significant impact on budgets. Pick up the gauntlet, and embark on an exciting win-win journey that will benefit America’s greatest resource: our children! (Donna Dilts, teacher for 37 years, Doyon School, Ipswich, Massachusetts)
Becoming a Great School is a compelling and insightful book; it demonstrates how school administrators can evolve into leaders who are successful agents of change, creating systemic improvements in their schools. The reader is guided through strategic elements of collaboration, motivation, innovation, and transformation that ultimately benefit the students, enabling them to be well-prepared 21st century learners. This book is essential reading for school leaders who want to revitalize their schools, cultivating a culture of excellence through a collaborative leadership approach. (Cynthia M. Manning, principal, Learning Prep High School, West Newton, Massachusetts)
Being a great public school does not always require additional funding, new staff, and the latest technology. Much of what it takes is teamwork and shared power. That’s according to the authors of Becoming a Great School: Harnessing the Powers of Quality Management and Collaborative Leadership. Former Doyon School principal Dr. Ken Cooper, Ipswich resident Joseph Salah, and former Topsfield resident Nels Gustafson took it upon themselves to implement the business model Total Quality Management into the Ipswich Public Schools….After seeing such good results at Doyon, Cooper, Salah and Gustafson decided to share their method to success through a book geared towards other schools looking to improve. (Ipswich Chronicle)
About the Author
Dr. Kenneth B. Cooper has been a professional educator for thirty-nine years. For twenty-two of those years he served as principal of the Paul F. Doyon Memorial School in Ipswich, Massachusetts.
Nels Gustafson is a former Human Resources Director and Chief Labor Negotiator for the Sylvania Corporation. He directed Sylvania’s initial program of quality management and has extensive experience in issues related to leadership and working relationships.
Joseph G. Salah has specialized in school-improvement consulting for the last nineteen years; prior to that he has experience in the military, local government, and with for-profit and non-profit organizations. He has a continuing interest in matters related to leadership processes, working relationships, and behavioral change.
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