Cage-Busting Leadership (Educational Innovations Series) 2013 by Frederick M. Hess

Cage-Busting Leadership (Educational Innovations Series) 2013 by Frederick M. Hess
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Cage-Busting Leadership (Educational Innovations Series) 2013 by Frederick M. Hess



A practical and entertaining volume, Cage-Busting Leadership will be of profound interest and value to school and district leaders¡ªand to everyone with a stake in school improvement.

Rick Hess aptly describes his aims at the start of this provocative book: "I believe that two things are true. It is true, as would-be reformers often argue, that statutes, policies, rules, regulations, contracts, and case law make it tougher than it should be for school and system leaders to drive improvement and, well, lead. However, it is also the case that leaders have far more freedom to transform, reimagine, and invigorate teaching, learning, and schooling than is widely believed.¡±

In his travels across the country, Rick Hess has met school and system leaders who have shared stories about evading, blasting through, or reshaping unnecessary and counterproductive constraints. Drawing on these stories, and with his sharp eye, Hess shows current and aspiring leaders how they can cultivate and sustain powerful cultures of teaching and learning.

Editorial Reviews Review In Cage-Busting Leadership, Rick Hess challenges our educational leaders to take on the laws, rules, and regulations that prevent them from implementing true transformational changes to our educational systems. Citing many examples of leaders who have busted out of the cage, Hess illustrates the tough decisions that can be made to provide the quality education that we seek for our students. Cage-Busting Leadership is not for the faint of heart. --Dan Domenech, executive director, American Association of School Administrators

Cage-Busting Leadership should be required reading for every school leader in America. Our schools need people who understand how to break down barriers, enabling good teachers to do great work and students from all backgrounds to learn and thrive. This book provides a framework, common language, and real-world examples of how to do just that. --Becca Bracy Knight, executive director, The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems

Impassioned leaders throughout our education system are frustrated by routine and a lack of support. In many cases they are ill-equipped for their crucial work. Rick Hess is a trailblazing scholar who explores a path forward to help leaders break the status quo. --Michael F. Bennet, Colorado senator, and former superintendent, Denver Public Schools

This is not just a how-to manual--it is a why-not manifesto. If you can¡¯t lead by fighting for the rights of youth, then you should not lead. This book both affirms this credo and indicates many ways in which to achieve this obligation. --John E. Deasy, superintendent, LAUSD

Rick Hess raises the bar by challenging leaders to aim for specific education reforms, and he eliminates the most common excuses for mediocre systems by proving that most barriers can and have been overcome already. --Elizabeth Celania-Fagen, superintendent, Douglas County School District

Rick Hess¡¯s new book, Cage-Busting Leadership, invokes images of Hulk crushing bars designed to hold him back. --Sarah Rosenberg, Education Sector

The book will help education leaders think outside the cage when developing solutions to difficult problems that we all are facing with regard to budget and reaching higher levels of performance. --Terry Holliday, Kentucky Commissioner of Education

Cage-busting Leadership is full of valuable insights into the ability of cage-busting education leaders to solve the seemingly intractable problems of our K-12 system. --Dan Fishman, Philanthropy Roundtable From the Back Cover ¡°I believe that two things are true. It is true, as would-be reformers often argue, that statutes, policies, rules, regulations, contracts, and case law make it tougher than it should be for school and system leaders to drive improvement and, well, lead. However, it is also the case that leaders have far more freedom to transform, reimagine, and invigorate teaching, learning, and schooling than is widely believed.¡± In his travels across the country, Rick Hess has met school and system leaders who have shared stories about evading, blasting through, or reshaping unnecessary and counterproductive constraints. Drawing on these stories, and with his sharp eye, Hess shows current and aspiring leaders how they can cultivate and sustain powerful cultures of teaching and learning. A practical and entertaining volume, Cage-Busting Leadership will be of profound interest and value to school and district leaders¡ªand to everyone with a stake in school improvement. ¡°Rick Hess challenges our educational leaders to take on the laws, rules, and regulations that prevent them from implementing true transformational changes to our educational systems. Citing many examples of leaders who have busted out of the cage, Hess illustrates the tough decisions that can be made to provide the quality education that we seek for our students. Cage-Busting Leadership is not for the faint of heart.¡± ¡ª Dan Domenech, executive director, American Association of School Administrators ¡°This is not just a how-to guide, it is a why-not manifesto.¡± ¡ª John E. Deasy, superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District ¡°Rick Hess is a modern-day Mark Twain. He distills the truth and renders it understandable, humorous, and palatable in the process.¡± ¡ª James W. Guthrie, superintendent of public instruction, Nevada and senior fellow and director of education policy studies, George W. Bush Institute ¡°Cage-Busting Leadership should be required reading for every school leader in America. Our schools need people who understand how to break down barriers, enabling good teachers to do great work and students from all backgrounds to learn and thrive.¡± ¡ª Becca Bracy Knight, executive director, The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems Frederick M. Hess is resident scholar and director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute.