Education expert Nicole Baker Fulgham explores what Christians can--and should--do to champion urgently needed reform and help improve our public schools. The book provides concrete action steps for working to ensure that all of God's children get the quality public education they deserve. It also features personal narratives from the author and other Christian public school teachers that demonstrate how the achievement gap in public education can be solved.
In Education Unbound: The Promise and Practice of Greenfield Schooling, Frederick M. Hess advocates for an entrepreneurial approach focused on supporting outstanding teaching and learning. Sharing the examples of organizations whose bold alternative strategies represent promising shifts in K-12 education, Hess builds a case for
* School systems marked by data on performance and productivity and compelled to compete on cost and quality.
* Personnel policies designed to attract, retain, and reward teachers and leaders committed to excellence.
* Education funding configured to support new ventures and foster creative problem solving.
The goal, Hess argues, ought not to be the creation of a new "best" system but schools capable of evolving with the students and society they serve. Education Unbound is a catalyst for conversation and change and a must-read for practitioners, policymakers, would-be education entrepreneurs, and anyone committed to school excellence and the next steps in education reform.
Three of Illinois’ top educational leaders offer 336 pages of advice that includes leadership, ethics, communications, trust, teachers, assessment—even personal hygiene, getting those irksome referenda passed, and what to say to the press, and when. It’s a must for every school administrator.
Why buy or read this book? The authors are three guys who rose to the top in school administration because, under fire, they could provide practical, successful solutions to almost any predicament. Even more, they could innovate, cut through the jargon and nonsense, and lead. On these pages, they share what they have learned: ideas, high-impact lessons about leadership, and everyday problem solving that can be immediately implemented at every school level. Their combined wisdom and stories will make administrators think, laugh, and act.
Here is the book's table of contents:
Civic Leadership and Ethics
Business Basics for School Leaders
Building and Sustaining Trust
Building Internal Capacity
Successful Teaching and Learning
Adventures in Innovation
Taking Care of YOU!
Standards, Assessment, and Accountability
Case Studies in Real-World Leadership
Sister Jane's courageous actions, recounted here, reveal how this crisis of faith ultimately became an opportunity to revitalize the Church's most fundamental spiritual teachings. In Taught to Believe the Unbelievable, her amazing story reminds every reader, regardless of their faith, that the call of one's own heart and conscience supersedes all externally imposed authority.
As Hasidic Psychology makes clear, Jewish ethics are unique in many ways, especially in that they are essentially other-centered. Man's ability to affect his own future and interpersonal relations are explained according to the theory of contraction, popularized in Hasidic thought: God, by contracting Himself to evacuate space for the human world, bestowed upon man the power and responsibility to determine his own future, and even affect God's disposition.
In the first part of the book, the sociological-structural concept of mono versus multiple ideal labeling is introduced. This concept refers to a social system in which diverse material and spiritual actualization patterns are structurally introduced as equal social ideals. In the second part, basic tenets of classic interaction and socialization are compared to the interpersonal perspective, and the contraction theory is explained as a process of "mutual emulation," whereby father and son affect each other. In the third part, a functional approach to deviance is developed through the Hasidic process known as "ascend via descend."