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.

Differentiated Supervision: Evaluation Outside the Box

Differentiated supervision: Evaluation outside the box

In the last chapter, we explored how the four key concepts—(1) district core beliefs, (2) shared vision of student success, (3) continuous open communication, and (4) compassionate understanding of each person's needs—were applied in the supervision of Ted Stanley, a veteran teacher experiencing extreme difficulty. We would argue that those concepts are universal and timeless. However, the application of those concepts and principles needs to be flexible to account for differences in people and contexts. Just as educators have learned that students are served best when we differentiate our instruction, it should be equally clear that there will never be a one size fits all approach for supporting the needs of all professional staff. ...

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