Written by acclaimed school reform advocate Phillip C. Schlechty, Leading for Learning offers educators the framework, tools, and processes they need to transform their schools from bureaucracies into dynamic learning organizations. Schlechty explains how to move beyond some of the deeply ingrained and negative conceptions of schooling that guide so much of their practice. He shows educators how they can take advantage of new learning technologies by increasing their organization′s capacity to support continuous innovation.
"Clearly not for the fainthearted, Schlechty′s engrossing appraisal of American education calls for a bold, truly fundamental transformation of how we run our public schools. Some books are thought–provoking; this one is action–provoking." W. James Popham, professor emeritus, UCLA
"Dr. Schlechty has once again written an insightful book that educational leaders can use as a road map in transforming our schools into learning organizations designed to serve twenty–first century students." Dr. Randy Bridges, superintendent, Alamance–Burlington School System, NC
"Because education is ultimately a community responsibility, Schlechty′s proposal to shift school systems from bureaucracies to learning organizations can open doors to citizens who are frustrated by the bureaucracy in their efforts to reclaim their role in education. This book is as much for them as it is for professional educators." David Mathews, president, Kettering Foundation
"Anyone in a school leadership position from the board room to the classroom should read this engaging and thought–provoking book. It′s a must?–read for all immersed in or contemplating the transformation of public education." Claudia Mansfield Sutton, chief communications and marketing officer, American Association of School Administrators
About the Author.
Chapter 1: Case for Transformation.
Chapter 2: Systems and Technology Change.
Chapter 3: Bureaucracies vs. Learning Organizations.
Chapter 4: Bureaucratic Images of Schools.
Chapter 5: A New Image of Schools.
PART TWO: GETTING OUR BEARINGS: THE SOCIOPOLITICAL LANDSCAPE.
Chapter 6: Bureaucratic Impulse.
Chapter 7: Reassessing Standards.
Chapter 8: Restoring Civic Capacity and Building Social Capital: Two Keys to School Transformation.
PART THREE: TAKING THE FIRST STEPS: HOW TRANSFORMATION CAN HAPPEN.
Chapter 9: Painting a New Image of Schools.
Chapter 10: Creating the Capacity to Support Innovation.
Chapter 11: Transforming Standards into Sources of Direction.
Chapter 12: A Theory of Action.
Chapter 13: Leading from the Heart and Recapturing our Heritage.
Phillip C. Schlechty is founder and CEO of the Schlechty Center for Leadership in School Reform. Schlechty is the author of Creating Great Schools, Working on the Work, Inventing Better Schools, Shaking Up the Schoolhouse, and Schools for the 21st Century.