Failure Is Not an Option Six Principles That Guide Student Achievement in High-Performing Schools

ISBN-10: 1412909341

ISBN-13: 9781412909341

Edition: 2004

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"Failure Is Not an Option is a deeply passionate call to arms, combined with the wherewithal to take systematic, continuous, and effective action. A must read for all those interested in reform because it is simultaneously inspiring and practical." From the Foreword by Michael Fullan, Dean Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto "This is a practical, well formatted book that is intellectually solid, emotionally inspiring, and practically accessible." Andy Hargreaves, Thomas More Brennan Chair in Education Lynch School of Education, Boston College "Both inspirational and eminently practical, Failure Is Not an Option can serve as a handbook for both strategic planning and classroom-by-classroom reworking. Any administrator who truly wishes to change his or her school can use this book as a manual from which to design every aspect of the change process." Robert W. Cole, Educational writer and consultant Louisville, KY "This book speaks to the spark of caring, generosity, and greatness in every child and provides caring adults with ideas and tools to unleash this potential. It leaves no part of the child behind, and leaves no adult on the sidelines." Maurice J. Elias, Professor of Psychology Rutgers University, New Jersey The powerful new guide to creating successful and sustainable professional learning communities! Building on a foundation that identifies courageous school leadership and the professional learning community as the center of effective school reform, this powerful new book by Alan M. Blankstein offers six guiding principles for creating and sustaining high-performing schools: 1. Common mission, vision, values, and goals 2. Systems for prevention and intervention 3. Collaborative teaming for teaching and learning 4. Data driven decision making and continuous improvement 5. Active engagement from family and community 6. Building sustainable leadership capacity Covering theory into practice, applications that include case studies and vignettes, and techniques for addressing difficult issues, the book also provides valuable dual perspectives on the critical issues: how implementation looks when its done right as well as when things go wrong. Failure Is Not an Option is sure to be the state-of-the-art resource that school leaders reach for when, in Michael Fullans words, they need "practical applications to perplexing problems."
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Book details

List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 6/21/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Award-winning author and visionary educational leader Alan M. Blankstein nbsp;served fornbsp; 25 years as President of the HOPE Foundation, a not-for-profit organization which he founded and whose honorary chair is Nobel Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu. A former "high-risk" youth, Alan began his career in education as a music teacher. Henbsp;has worked in several major youth-serving, including the March of Dimes, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National Educational Service (now Solution Tree), which he founded in 1987 and directed for 12 years. Through HOPE and Solution Tree, Blankstein helped launch and advance Professional Learning Communities beginning in the late 1980s. He is the author of the best-selling book nbsp; Failure Is Not an Option�: Six Principles That Guide Student Achievement in High-Performing Schools , which received the 2005 Book of the Year award from Learning Forward (formerly NSDC). In addition to authorship of this award-winning book, Blankstein is Publisher of three nbsp; Failure Is Not an Option� nbsp; video series and has been Senior Editor, lead contributor, or author of an additional 18 books, including Equity through Excellence with Pedro Noguera. nbsp;Blankstein also authored some 20 articles in educational journals including nbsp; Educational Leadership, The School Administrator, Executive Educator, High School Magazine, and Reclaiming Children and Youth, to name a few. He has also provided keynote presentations and workshops for virtually every major educational U.S. organization, as well as in the UK, Middle East, South Africa and Singapore.Blankstein has served on the Harvard International Principals Centers advisory board, as Board member for Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, and as Co-Chair of Indiana University's Neal Marshall Black Culture Center's Community Network and advisor to the Faculty and Staff for Student Excellence (FASE) mentoring program. He also served as advisory board member for the Forum on Race, Equity, and Human Understanding with the Monroe County Schools in Indiana, and on the Board of Trustees for the Jewish Child Care Agency (JCCA), in which he was once a youth in residence. nbsp;nbsp;

Foreword
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Why Failure Is Not an Option
Courageous Leadership for School Success
Ten Common Routes to Failure, and How to Avoid Each
Building a Professional Learning Community with Relational Trust
Principle #1--Common Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals
Principle #2--Ensuring Achievement for All Students: Systems for Prevention and Intervention
Principle #3--Collaborative Teaming Focused on Teaching and Learning
Principle #4--Using Data to Guide Decision Making and Continuous Improvement
Principle #5--Gaining Active Engagement from Family and Community
Principle #6--Building Sustainable Leadership Capacity
Self-Assessment
Strategies for Making Time
Strategies for Dealing With Resistance
Running River Elementary School Mission Statement
Development Process for Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals
Worksheet for Developing a Student Improvement Plan
Developing a System of Prevention and Intervention
Pyramid of Interventions as Used in Hartford, Connecticut
Faith, Hope, and Intervention
Teacher-Principal Trust Item
Bibliography
Index
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