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The Importance of a "Good Fit"


by Paul Kelleher — 2006

Most of us at some point in our career have to face the fact that we cannot control everything that happens in our district. As we mentioned in our introduction, we learn that even logical plans implemented skillfully can meet unexpected, uncontrollable obstacles. This can have serious consequences, from the lack of achievement for students to the loss of our jobs. Our anonymous contributor shares his courageous story of holding fast to what is best for children in the face of adversity, and ultimately having to make the decision whether to fight for his job or not. NSSE has never published an anonymous contribution before, but we agreed that “Juan’s” story was too valuable not to share.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 105. No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 13, 2006, p. 125-145
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18511, Date Accessed: 9/23/2017 4:05:06 PM

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  • Paul Kelleher
    Trinity University
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    PAUL KELLEHER, Murchison Distinguished Professor of Education and chair of the education department at Trinity University, is an expert on social issues involving schools and relationships between schools and the community. He has written about hiring and supervising school administrators and school budget contexts. He is a former public school superintendent and principal at the high school and middle school levels.
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