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A Power Shift in Public Education : Seven Strategies for Dealing with Broken Promises - Herbert F. Pandiscio

A Power Shift in Public Education

Seven Strategies for Dealing with Broken Promises

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A Power Shift in Public Education makes a direct assault on what the author believes are the primary causes of the failed public school system in America. This no-holds-barred book about big ideas makes the case that billions of dollars and millions of man hours have been spent chasing the wrong solutions. For decades, government units at the national, state, and local levels have directed their efforts and funding to new programs and materials, when their policies should have been directed at staffing schools with outstanding teachers, implementing hiring practices free of favoritism and patronage, and supporting building principals, the real heroes of public education. Pandiscio directly attacks the method by which teachers are compensated, the reluctance of boards of education to link superintendent compensation to clearly defined student learning goals, and the unwillingness of state and local officials to confront the negative impact of teacher unions and binding arbitration on education budgets.

Often controversial, hard-hitting, and sometimes even in-your-face, this small book is packed full of big ideas. And if you have a penchant for a business model being applied to school systems, you'll definitely find this a fascinating, intellectually grounded read. Forcing school boards-the true stewards of American elementary and secondary schools-to accept their stewardship roles and hold their superintendents accountable for all students' learning makes this book stand apart particularly as it provides critical insight for to how to best measure results. I will definitely use this book as a text in my next class teaching the superintendency. -- Greg Riccio, superintendent of schools, Nadaburg Unified School District No. 81, Arizona
A variety of readers will find provocative Pandiscio's bold claim that a commitment to educational excellence through genuinely successful schools, which help each child equally to realize full intellectual potential, will renew the United States' global prominence in the twenty-first century. He radically suggests that people are to blame for unsuccessful schools-not limited resources, curricula, or programs. Pandiscio's voice of experience proves convincing and reassuring as he delineates specific strategies for responsible leadership rooted in a fundamental belief that successful education must be truly intellectual and excellent. -- Margaret O. Killinger, Rezendes Preceptor for the Arts, Honors College at the University of Maine, and author of The Good Life of Helen K. Nearing
I enjoyed every page of A Power Shift in Public Education. It made me want to come out of retirement and help make a difference. Pandiscio's writing is clear, organized and understandable. The voice of this book is bold, knowledgeable and inspiring! The seven strategies are beautifully articulated and provide a challenge to educators at all levels. As provocative as this book is, it contains creative solutions to ensure educational excellence for all students. This is a courageous and confident writing from a leader public education has been waiting for. -- Patricia Smith, retired intermediate school principal
This book is insightful and energizing. Herbert F. Pandiscio articulates his ideas so well and so clearly. While I may not agree with all of his ideas and conclusions, Pandiscio's book caused me to again reflect upon the importance of my role as a superintendent. I admire him for writing this book. It took both courage and wisdom. -- Frances Rabinowitz, superintendent of schools, Hamden, CT, and former associate commissioner for Teaching and Learning, Certification, Support and A
Written in clear and concise language, this is a great resource for all who are interested in making great school, not just better schools. A Power Shift in Public Education, bypasses educational jargon making it a wonderful read and resource for boards of education as well as parents, and the general public. It answers the question: 'What makes an excellent school district, and how do we create it?' This is a book about 'Big Ideas.' It is both foundational and visionary. -- Pamela Gourlie, former chairperson, East Haddam Board of Education, Connecticut
The book's readership includes school board members, superintendents, parents, university professors, teachers, and union representatives. * Reference and Research Book News, February 2010 *
Herbert F. Pandiscio has been bringing powerful and thoughtful ideas to the field of public education for 40 years. This book, A Power Shift in Public Education, is a clear demonstration of his educational expertise, his wonderful writing skills, and his ability to think big and far ahead. If some of his ideas are provocative or controversial, then so be it. As a former board member, I was not offended. This book should be required reading for every board of education member everywhere. -- Monte J. Hopper, former chairman, Avon Board of Education, Connecticut
This book challenges traditions and it will challenge you. It will upset many because of the author's belief that there must be a shift of power in a school system and a dramatic change in how we compensate teachers and superintendents. If you care about education and are open to new ideas and opinions, you must read this book. -- Doris Kurtz, Superintendent, New Britain Public Schools, Connecticut
A Power Shift in Education is written by someone with vast experience as a leader in the field. It should be used as a core reading in graduate courses in leadership. Herb Pandiscio, a retired superintendent, asks the critical questions that are so often avoided by those of us who are grappling with today's critical issues in education. He leads us to think about the 'unthinkable,' and helps place current issues in a broad historical, economic and cultural context. While nobody, including me, will agree with everything in this book, any school leader, board of education member, policy maker, teacher or parent will find that it stimulates them to think in new ways. -- Mark Cohan, superintendent of schools/headmaster, Norwich Free Academy
The seven strategies described in this book are all about leadership. It is heartening that these strategies do not have to cost anything to implement. No new programs need to be developed and no new equipment or educational materials are required. While you may not agree with the all that is suggested by the author, it is hard to disagree with the notion that the teaching of reading, math and science is the highest priority for our school systems. The challenge is for the individual running the system to have the courage to take the leadership risks necessary to make academic success happen. -- Joanne Beers, President of the Avon Educational Foundation
This book is well worth reading if one is interested in educational reform. The author has shared his lifetime's secrets, work, and successful leadership techniques with us so we can follow his proven recipe for daily positive results to achieve long-term reform. Since the author has a clear grasp of how school systems operate, he can credibly suggest reforms that will restore public confidence in education and schooling. If someone spends some time with this book, the new perspectives learned will surely be of benefit. It is as interesting as it is reasoned and informative. -- Russell Farnen, professor of political science, University of Connecticut

ISBN: 9781607092414
ISBN-10: 1607092417
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 162
Published: 28th July 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.8 x 16.4  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.37