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The Power to Transform: Leadership that Brings Learning and Schooling to Life


reviewed by Whitney Meissner — December 07, 2006

coverTitle: The Power to Transform: Leadership that Brings Learning and Schooling to Life
Author(s): Stephanie Pace Marshall
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 078797501X , Pages: 272, Year: 2006
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The ending of this book captivated me. In it, the author writes a letter to her grandchildren, expressing her dreams and wishes for the type of life they might be able to experience. These ideas—that we want the future to be better for our descendents, that our schools should adjust to meet the ever-changing needs of the children, and that we have a calling greater than ourselves—are compelling themes that emerge as evidence that there are simple, yet important, ways to embark on the journey. As principals, we are often looking for a quick-fix, a new program to improve achievement, a book with an outline for creating and developing excellent schools. This is not that book, and that is exactly why school leaders should read it. Marshall starts and ends her book with a question: “What would it take to create a generative and life-affirming system of learning and schooling that... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 07, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12883, Date Accessed: 4/20/2018 12:32:37 AM

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  • Whitney Meissner
    Seattle Pacific University
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    WHITNEY MEISSNER is currently the principal at Chimacum High School and Middle School, as well as Director of the Pi Program. She has worked in public education in Washington State since 1991. She is working on her doctorate through Seattle Pacific University where she has been an Adjunct Professor since 2005, and earned her B.A. from the University of Washington and M.Ed. from Central Washington University. She is married and has two children. The Meissners make their home in beautiful Port Ludlow, Washington.
 
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