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Best Leadership Practices for High-Poverty Schools - Linda L. Lyman

Best Leadership Practices for High-Poverty Schools

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Published: 1st January 2004
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Best Leadership Practices for High-Poverty Schools presents both the practice and theory of best leadership practices in high-poverty schools. Authors Linda Lyman and Christine Villani take a unique approach by inviting readers into two high-poverty elementary schools where they will experience, through in-depth case studies, how two extraordinary principals model and practice their beliefs in the ability and worth of all children. Lyman and Villani demonstrate that a successful learning community for children of low-income families is based on the beliefs and attitudes of the school leader and the entire school community. Preparation programs for school principals typically do not provide for study of the complexity of poverty or the leadership practices that contribute to successful learning and achievement for children in high-poverty schools. The concluding questions that the authors pose provide a guide to developing best leadership practices that make a difference to the learning, achievement, and lives of children who live in poverty.This book offers: an insightful overview of research about leadership strategies and beliefs in high-poverty schools, causes and remedies for the achievement gap, evidence of continuing racial and ethnic prejudice, the widespread deficit thinking that limits learning. The authors challenge leaders, teachers, staff members, and others to examine their own attitudes and beliefs and then to commit to creating successful learning communities for all children from low-income families. This book is written as a resource for aspiring and practicing principals, or anyone interested in improving educational opportunities for children from families living in poverty.

Lyman and Villani have written a passionate and persuasive book on the urgency of addressing the educational needs of children in poverty. Their book offers two vivid case studies of exemplary principals who create strong learning communities that welcome parents into the circle of excellence. The authors complement their field studies with an extensive review of pertinent literature on the theory and practice of developing outstanding schools in high-poverty communities. It is an impressive book that helps educators better understand the challenging work of building better schools in the twenty first century.--Paul Baker, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Illinois State University

List of Tables and Photographsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Poverty and School Leadershipp. 1
Harrison School: "An Island of Goodness"p. 19
Newfield School: "Where Angels Soar"p. 47
Comparing Harrison and Newfield Schools: Best Leadership Practicesp. 73
Leadership of High-Performing, High-Poverty Schools: The Research Contextp. 95
Influencing Beliefs and Attitudesp. 117
Making a Differencep. 141
Referencesp. 161
Indexp. 169
About the Authorsp. 171
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ISBN: 9781578860791
ISBN-10: 1578860792
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 182
Published: 1st January 2004
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 14.99  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.2