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Resilient School Leaders: Strategies for Turning Adversity Into Achievement

reviewed by Michael Parr - September 15, 2006

coverTitle: Resilient School Leaders: Strategies for Turning Adversity Into Achievement
Author(s): Jerry Patterson & Paul Kelleher
Publisher: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA
ISBN: 1416603670, Pages: 175, Year: 2005
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Acknowledging that adversity is often unavoidable and a significant part of every educational leader’s life, Jerry Patterson and Paul Kelleher interviewed 25 educational leaders with more than 700 years of collective experience in order to get a clear sense of how effective leaders can move ahead in the face of adversity. What they found was that an individual’s perspective breeds resilience, and that resilience was the ingredient that led to the continued effectiveness and love of one’s work. The authors rely on the use of storms in nature as a metaphor for what all school leaders experience as the realities of professional life: that is, in our schools, as in nature, we know that storms inevitably will occur but we don’t know when they will hit or with what intensity, despite the best of forecasts. What we do know, as the authors point out, is that storms of nature and storms... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 15, 2006
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12710, Date Accessed: 5/13/2021 3:57:14 PM

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  • Michael Parr
    Nipissing University
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    MICHAEL PARR currently teaches in the Faculty of Education at Nipissing University and brings with him considerable experience working with students ‘at risk’ as well as those students identified as having specific emotional and behavioural disorders. His wide variety of teaching experiences in both segregated and regular classroom settings, as well as his experiences as an administrator, have been instrumental in serving as a springboard into his research investigating the needs of students ‘at risk’. Other research interests center around teacher education, and educational leadership & change with emphasis placed on practices that foster Inclusive schools.
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