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Cultivating Leadership in Schools: Connecting People, Purpose, and Practice (2nd Edition)


reviewed by Bradley Portin — December 05, 2006

coverTitle: Cultivating Leadership in Schools: Connecting People, Purpose, and Practice (2nd Edition)
Author(s): Gordon A. Donaldson, Jr.
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807747106 , Pages: 202, Year: 2006
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There is a common theme among the array of books emerging on the topic of school leadership. A central idea in these texts is that earlier conceptions of what it has meant to lead in schools must take on a new look. Schools, their culture and work patterns—not to mention the new demands in a high accountability environment—make heroic leadership vested in the lone principal a model that will no longer suffice for the challenges schools face in ensuring high quality learning opportunities for all students. Cultivating Leadership in Schools contributes to the ongoing development of this new casting of school leadership. Donaldson undertakes a familiar approach in this book; he guides readers into the daily realities of schools in order to make obvious the need for a new way of thinking about leadership. It is more than just a new idea for how leadership might be enacted; Donaldson also suggests... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 05, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12866, Date Accessed: 12/12/2017 4:58:00 PM

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  • Bradley Portin
    University of Washington
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    BRADLEY PORTIN is Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Washington. A former public school principal, Dr. Portin’s research and publications over the last decade have centered in the areas of school leadership and school improvement. In particular, he has examined current principal roles and how their roles are changing to meet new imperatives, effective preparation for school leadership, leadership for school improvement, and international policy trends in educational reform. Dr. Portin edited a book with Michael Knapp, Joe Murphy, and Lynn Beck on Self-Reflective Renewal in Schools (2003). In addition, he was project leader and principal author for the report, Making Sense of Leading Schools: A Study of the Principalship (2003), with Paul Hill and the Center on Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington. Currently, Dr. Portin is co-principal investigator on a national leadership study funded by The Wallace Foundation. Dr. Portin maintains extensive links with researchers internationally in their efforts to expand preparation, support, and research for school leaders.
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