Leading Learners, Leading Schoolsreviewed by Kristina A. Hesbol — 2004
Robin Brooke-Smith writes a compelling book about school
leadership grounded in the reality of experience in the field,
having served as a principal of two unique schools. He knows
first-hand of the escalating challenges faced by school leaders in
today’s turbulent times. Continuous clashes of cultures
typify the context which instructional leaders delicately attempt
to navigate. On one hand, accountability from state and federal
mandates demands external indicators of improvement, predominantly
increased test scores. In contrast, in this book the author
provides the reader with provocative/contemplative questions which
frame a conversation about deep understanding, systems thinking,
and organizational change – central tenets of a genuine
learning organization (Senge, 1990).
How can schools learn as a generative process?
How can they become adaptive and co-evolve with their internal
and external environments?
How can educational leaders ‘navigate’ their
institutions into what we will call the creative state (at the
‘edge of chaos’), which is also the growing zone and is
not always the ‘comfort zone’?
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- Kristina Hesbol
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
KRISTINA A. HESBOL is Assistant Professor of Educational Administration at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, College of Education. Her primary research interest focuses on learning organizations.