Leading from the Eye of the Storm: Spirituality and Public School Improvement

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R&L Education, 2005 - Education - 151 pages
Our public school systems must be transformed in order to help every child achieve his or her potential. However, transformational leadership can be intense, complex, and often chaotic, producing storms of resistance, controversy, and pressure. To survive such storms, author Scott Thompson contends that educators must learn to lead with peace and clarity. In this book, Thompson aims to make new connections within the education reform movement, unleash new energies among leaders, and open new perspectives. Through research and in-depth interviews with seventeen educational leaders, the author explores new developments in the area of spiritual leadership for the systemic improvement of public schools. Topics of discussion include: - Core values - Moral purpose - Building shared trust - Ownership, and - Vision These and other dimensions of spiritual leadership are given grounding with practical examples and tangible results. For superintendents, central office directors, school board members, principals, teacher leaders, and those who facilitate or provide technical assistance on systemic educational improvement.

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Introduction Spiritual Leadership for Improving Public Schools
Wholeness and WholeSystem Transformation
Called to Serve
Habits of Spiritual Leaders
Groundwork Trust Openness and Ownership
Groundwork The Power of Vision and the Anchor of Core Values
Case Study Transforming a School System
Moral Purpose Moral Passion Moral Courage
Eye of the Storm or Clarity in Chaos
What Power Had I Before I Learned to Yield?
Humility in High Places
A Vision Educational Rain Forests
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Scott Thompson is assistant director of the Panasonic Foundation, a corporate philanthropy devoted to the transformation of public education in the United States; editor of Strategies, an issues series by the Panasonic Foundation in cooperation with the American Association of School Administrators, and president and a founding trustee of the Glen Rock Public Education Foundation. Prior to joining the Panasonic staff, he was director of dissemination and project development with the Institute for Responsive Education and editor of New Schools, New Communities.

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