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An Acceptance of Uncertainty
An acceptance of uncertainty

The school improvement process in the West Linn School District was built on the twin pillars of the Quaker metaphor:

  • A belief that no single person could ever have a monopoly on all the wisdom needed to inform professional practice
  • An understanding that each member of the community likely possesses insight and wisdom that may well have been missed by others

In earlier chapters, we discussed how these values were the foundation of the people strategy for school improvement and led to the creation of policies and practices affecting staffing, professional development, and supervision. In this chapter, we shift the focus from the management of personnel to the leadership of school programs by exploring how those same values can be used ...

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