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Document Number: 6173

Textbook Leadership? An Analysis of Leading Books Used in Principal Preparation - School leaders are expected to demonstrate bottom-line results and use data to drive decisions. This paper examines 11 widely used administrative texts, finding that while they endorse the value of data and the appropriateness of focusing on student achievement, they are much more skeptical when it comes to using results to make tough decisions. Texts focus heavily on school culture, but devote limited attention to utilizing accountability, terminating poor performers or promoting efficiency. The authors propose that to ensure principals are exposed to the full array of essential skills: (1) authors should broaden discussion in existing texts; (2) publishers should issue new texts; and (3) faculty should take steps to assign texts on tough-minded management. (Frederick M. Hess and Andrew P. Kelly, Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard University, 2005)...


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