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Holding Sacred Ground: Essays on Leadership, Courage, and Endurance in Our Schools (Jossey-Bass Education Series)by Carl D Glickman
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What must school leaders think about and practice, asks Carl D. Glickman, if all students are to have a truly democratic education— an education that will equip each student with the knowledge, skills, and applications to become wise, caring, and participatory citizens of an improving democratic society? To develop and implement such an education for all students at all grade levels takes thought, courage, and savvy leadership. In this collection of essays spanning writings from 1977 to the present, Glickman shows how this can be accomplished.
Glickman draws from his more than fifteen years of experience as director of a nationally validated school improvement program with more than one hundred diverse K-12 schools, and more recently, his two years spent examining some of the most successful progressive schools in the United States. He offers proven advice on leadership formats, approaches, and strategies for enhancing teacher thinking and collective action— and provides specific examples of curriculum, methods and strategies for improving student achievement while building citizen capabilities. He explains the types of standards and policies that can protect unique schools and document success for students. And he shows how sustaining progressive schools over the long haul offers the greatest hope for reinvigorating an informed and caring citizenry.
In addition to the previously published essays culled from more than one hundred articles and twelve books written over the past twenty-five years, the author has included four new essays that provide vivid contemporary cases of school practice from some of the country's most successful and enduring progressive public schools. These cases give clear illustration to the author's central ideas of school leadership, courage, and endurance.
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Glickman (education, Southwest Texas State University) draws on his experience as director of a school improvement program dealing with some 100 diverse K-12 schools. He offers advice on leadership formats that support truly democratic education, and provides examples of curriculum and methods for improving achievement and building citizenship capabilities. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Carl D. Glickman holds the Roy F. and Joann Cole Mitte Endowed Chair in School Improvement in the College of Education at Southwest Texas State University. He is also president of the Institute for Schools, Education, and Democracy, and university professor emeritus of education at the University of Georgia. Glickman is the author of many books on school leadership, educational renewal, and the moral imperative of education, including Revolutionizing America's Schools (1998) and Renewing America's Schools (1993), both from Jossey-Bass.
This collection of often inspiring and always pragmatic essays details the distinctions between "great American schools"— schools that demand a powerful and democratic education for all students— and those that, unwittingly or not, reinforce inequities by providing a superior education for some students and mediocrity for the rest. Carl D. Glickman examines the real issues that practitioners face in regard to school change, classroom improvement, public purpose, instructional leadership, teacher development, and policies for accountability, standards, and authority. He begins this collection by offering fresh perspectives on schools, leadership, and characteristics of powerful schools. The author then provides practical insights about improving teaching and learning, defining democratic learning, searching for certainty in educational reform, and wrestling with the dilemmas of today's standards and assessment mandates. Those who believe that public education is the lever for creating a more just, healthy, and equitable democracy for all will find in this book the ideas, cases, and applications for making such a vision a reality.
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"...Glickman helps us reflect on the important role schooling plays increasing a democratic, participatory, inclusive and diverse society." (The School Administrator, January 2004)
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