"This engagingly written, wise monograph examines the meaning of true educational reform and offers concrete strategies for achieving fundamental, systemic school transformation. In keeping with his earlier work (Improving Schools from Within), Barth argues that school improvement requires significant changes in the culture of schools, a task best accomplished by school professionals. . . . a jargon–free, thoughtful perspective on how to make schools better places for those who reside within them."CHOICE
"In a very large chorus of proponents of school reform, Roland Barth s voice stands out. . . . he restores the zest and sacredness of learning the heart of education."
Terrence E. Deal, Irving Melbo Professor, Rossier School, University of Southern California
"A critical read for all educators who care about making good schools for students and their teachers."
Ann Lieberman, senior scholar, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and emeritus professor, Teachers College, Columbia University
"Plain–spoken and persuasive convictions about schoolkeeping by a wise and humane educator."
Theodore R. Sizer, chair, Coalition of Essential Schools, Inc.
"There is learning here for anyone who cares about education and how to create dynamic schools. Roland Barth brings both flaming passion and cool thoughts to this powerful book."
Yvonne Chang, principal, Vaughn Next Century Learning Center
The Author xvii
1. Thinking Otherwise 1
2. Culture in Question 7
3. A Community of Learners 21
4. Information Rich and Experience Poor 31
5. Exploration 41
6. Craft Knowledge 53
7. Reflection 65
8. Teacher Leadership 75
9. Impediments and Opportunities 87
10. Teachers and Principals 105
11. On Becoming a Principal 119
12. Conditions for Learning 143
13. Some Questions 167
14. Risk 183
15. Coming to a Vision 193
Appendix A: A Letter to Parents 215
Appendix B: Some Thoughts on "Conditions for Learning" 221