This book will be the educational equivalent of In Search of Excellence: an inspirational and practical citizen's guide that shows how to put the public back into public education, based on General Stanford's experience as superintendent of schools in Seattle.
Each chapter presents one of ten "essentials" that are critical to building effective schools and shows some of the surprising, innovative and exciting new approaches General Stanford has introduced. Each chapter will also feature positive programs from other school systems, and offer checklists of concrete actions that parents, business people, religious and service organization leaders can take to create educational change in their communities.
General Stanford sets high goals---and then makes all of us believe we can meet them. His principles include: Share a common vision: schools should be focused on children's learning Make a school district a world-class, student-focused learning system Embrace change --- and do it: In two years on the job, General Stanford has achieved unprecedented accountability contract with teachers and principals; replaced one half of the principals, and eliminated busing. Hold schools to the highest standards: develop frameworks that specify exactly what must be taught in every grade Run schools like businesses: He's bringing private money into the schools Make the media our educational partners: Invite the press in to highlight a school's successshow more