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Chapter Three: Making a Virtue Out of a Necessity: The Beginnings of the People Strategy

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Making a Virtue Out of a Necessity: The Beginnings of the People Strategy
Making a virtue out of a necessity: The beginnings of the people strategy

We largely know what it takes to create good schools. First, it takes good people. The secret of being a successful school administrator is to spend your energy and resources attracting and retaining good staff. Encourage them in their professional growth and see to it that they talk about the right things. So, if you want to succeed, bet on your people. (Dealous Cox, 1991)

After twenty-three years in education, eleven of those spent as a school district superintendent in Oregon, Dea Cox took a leave of absence from his lifework as a public school educator and began a one-year fellowship ...

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