What's In It For Schools?
Routledge – 2001 – 160 pages
Series: What's in it for schools?
The What's in it for Schools series has been written by experts in the field for an audience of busy practitioners. The books present research and thinking about topical education issues and present it in an accessible and relevant way.
What makes a good leader? Does good leadership matter in helping schools be more successful? This concise and accessible book examines leadership in a practical way by helping principals, heads, teachers and parents establish their roles and responsibilities and get to grips with the unique leadership requirements of schools.
The author explores issues such as leadership, what it is and how it works, character and culture as keys to improvement, how to build commitment, motivation and improved performance, and using local standards and assessments to improve schools and leadership as a form of social capital.
'This is an authorative and practical book written by an eminent and experienced author on the subject. He explores the part played by authentic, character-rich leadership in building a school that is not only academically successful and morally responsive but also an environment of which teacher, pupil and others are happy to be a part.' - Jeff Jones, Educational Review
'What the book succeeds in doing is to offer principles for managing the inner structure of schools; to outline the basic competencies that are needed to lead effectively and to suggest some principles for organizing the learning environment. The book offers a sound vision of what school leadership should be about in the new millennium … What makes this book valuable is that it proposes a new theory of school leadership.' - Geraint Davies, International Journal of Children's Spirituality
Thomas J. Sergiovanni is Lillian Radford Professor of Education and Administration and Senior Fellow, Center for Educational Leadership at Trinity University, San Antonio