Join today's most insightful thinkers as they explore the heart, mind, and soul of educational leadership!
This concise volume offers educational leaders key concepts and strategies for framing discussions about closing the equity gap and ensuring high achievement for all learners. As the first volume in The Soul of Educational Leadership series, this unique collection presents:
Pedro A. Noguera and Alan M. Blankstein on essential questions and themes; Delores B. Lindsey and Randall B. Lindsey on culturally proficient equity audits; Antoinette Mitchell on the knowledge base for teaching diverse learners in big-city schools; Stephen G. Peters on how to capture, inspire, and teach every learner; Thomas R. Guskey on rethinking the work of Benjamin S. Bloom; Karen J. Pittman and Merita Irby on readiness for college, work, and life; Alan Boyle on helping failing schools to turn around; Richard Farson on the paradoxes of risk, challenge, failure, and innovation
Pioneering educators and series editors Alan M. Blankstein, Robert W. Cole, and Paul D. Houston offer thought-provoking ideas applicable to all schools, districts, and learning communities and include a complete index for browsing and easy reference.
Chapter Eight: Compassionate Intervention: Helping Failing Schools to Turn Around
Compassionate Intervention: Helping Failing Schools to Turn Around
Turning failing schools around is a political imperative. With children's education at stake, and no second chances, there are strong moral reasons to sort things out quickly. While two years may seem a short time in terms of educational change, for a pupil in a failing school, it represents lasting damage to their progress that may never be recovered. So speed is essential, but real change is most important. Although Stoll and Myers (1998) contend that there are no quick fixes, I suggest that there are quicker ways to repair failing schools than we have previously found comfortable.
Simply talking tough isn't sufficient, however. Leave that to the politicians. By applying ...