“Frank Crowther and his associates show us how to build the foundation for sustainability. They weave together a powerful conceptual framework, snapshots of schools using the ideas, and activities for getting there yourself. Engagement, clarity, and impact are at the core of this terrific book.”

—Michael Fullan, Professor and Author

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

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Northwestern High School, Detroit, MI

The definitive approach to achieving long-term school improvement

Will your school improvement plan stand the test of time? Bestselling author Frank Crowther makes a compelling case for capacity-building and parallel leadership as the keys to ensuring sustainable improvement. Based on a recent research study that examined how school leaders collaborated to enhance quality in their workplaces, this book:

Outlines six research-based dynamics for accomplishing lasting results; Provides real-life examples of successful parallel leadership among administrators, teachers, and students; Demonstrates effective capacity building in a variety of settings with case studies and simulations

Everything you need to build a successful and sustainable plan that is rooted in enduring principles is right here, complete with practical examples and proven tools.

The Third C-B Dynamic: Seeking New Heights
The third C-B dynamic: Seeking new heights

What I do best is share my enthusiasm …

BillGates, when asked how he viewed his leadership style (Buchanan, 2010, p. 35)
Introduction

In writing recently for business, sporting, and educational audiences about Bill Gates's talents, and noting his extraordinary zest for life, international sporting coach John Buchanan (2010) made the statement with which we have opened this chapter. He commented further:

For Gates, it would seem, there is no task too large or small, only an obvious passion to conquer it so that he can move on to the next. This is one of the true indicators of a high performance team or individual. (p. 35)

Gates's renowned energy and passion for the task ahead sets ...

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