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.

Making Continuous Professional Learning an Organizational Norm
Making continuous professional learning an organizational norm

In schools, you've got to think about your priorities. How do you get the biggest bang for the buck? What provides the best education for the kids? How can you, in effect, use your resources so that the kids learn the most? It was my judgment that there was no place we could spend money better than on developing the staff. That needed to be our highest priority. Then I talked to the board and got them to set professional development as a priority. It is interesting that although we spent a great deal on professional development and were seen as having one of the best professional development programs in the state, ...

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