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.
Providing Responsive Developmental Supervision
At the close of Chapter 4, Hiring the Very Best, we raised a question regarding supervision. We asked the reader to consider how a school leader could be a cheerleader leading a faculty in a relentless pursuit of excellence and still be prepared to intervene with a problematic staff member. Furthermore, how does a leader conduct difficult supervision while behaving consistently with a district philosophy premised on the inherent value of every employee and their potential for making a unique contribution to the school community?
These issues force us to confront what, on the surface, may appear to be a choice between two evils. If a school leader's goal is to encourage a relentless pursuit of excellence, then substandard ...