Sharon Conley of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School – along with Bruce S. Cooper, professor of educational leadership and policy at Fordham University Graduate School of Education – have co-edited two new volumes from Rowman & Littlefield Publishers: Finding, Preparing, and Supporting School Leaders: Critical Issues, Useful Solutions and Keeping and Improving Today’s School Leaders: Retaining and Sustaining the Best. Both books examine the process of preparing, encouraging, and retaining quality leaders at the school and district levels.
“Today, the media challenge school leaders on a global stage – in film, print, and using social networks – to improve their practices. Hence, we need to leverage our knowledge on educational leadership now more than ever,” claims Debra Jackson, EdD, superintendent of schools, Highland Falls - Fort Montgomery Central School District in her review of Finding, Preparing, and Supporting School Leaders. “This book provides critical models to help future leaders actualize the changes they seek. As a superintendent, I often see potential school leaders struggling to understand where and how to make a difference. The authors in this book will inspire us all to share and rethink our education strategies and practices. Both emerging and experienced leaders can capitalize on these writers' perspectives, as educators prepare to confront the rising challenges that face today's schools.”
Meanwhile Naftaly Glasman of the Gevirtz School at UCSB says about Keeping and Improving Today’s School Leaders: “What makes a school leader one of the best among her/his peers? How can schools and school districts succeed in keeping the best? How can they help enhance the ordinary to become one of the best? This volume seeks and offers answers to questions such as the above. The volume deals with a wide range of educational leadership roles and diverse personal backgrounds of leaders-all within difficult financial times. Cooper and Conley have included here an excellent selection of highly focused but interrelated new scholarly works designed to place high quality school leadership at tomorrow's center stage along with teacher effectiveness and student success.”
Sharon C. Conley, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Education at the Gevirtz School. Her latest articles include: “Organizational Routines in Flux: A Case Study of Change in Recording and Monitoring Student Attendance” with Ernestine K. Enomoto in Education and Urban Society and “Teacher Role Stress, Satisfaction, Commitment and Intentions to Leave: A Structural Model” in Psychological Reports.
[Sharon Conley is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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