How to bring out the best in your staffand in yourself

Research shows that the single variable that makes the most difference in student performance is the quality of the teacher. How do we keep teachers motivated in the face of increased pressure for grades, class sizes and media attention? How do we attract and retain high-quality teachers? This inspiring text offers a refreshing alternative to the portfolio and high-stakes accountability models of school improvement. Based on the successful methods of Dealous Cox, The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence describes a leadership philosophy based on the search for wisdom through personal reflection and community. The authors share their experience with this leadership style and document the sustainable results of transformational leaders working with teachers as partners rather than adversaries. These results include

Consistently improved teacher performance; Improved teacher quality; Greater professional satisfaction for teachers; Stronger community support for schools

Richard Sagor and Deborah Rickey have tracked this established leadership model for more than 30 years. Their work shows how, when sustained over time, these leadership principles have transformed professional behavior throughout school districts and made a long-term difference for teachers and students.

Introduction: The Role of Leadership and School Improvement

Introduction: The role of leadership and school improvement

Based upon reports in the media and the prevailing political rhetoric, one would conclude that concern about the quality of public education in America is at an all-time high. In spite of many high profile efforts to address the problem, significant gaps in achievement between students from advantaged communities and their disadvantaged counterparts show no signs of shrinking. This explains why when communities search for a new chief executive to lead the schools often their top priority is finding someone with a credible strategy to quickly improve the quality of student performance.

There is no question that quality leadership influences organizational behavior. While anyone can be appointed to a position of ...

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