Real Leaders, Real Schools

Real Leaders, Real Schools Stories of Success Against Enormous Odds

Gerald C. Leader, with Amy F. Stern
cloth, 256 Pages
Pub. Date: September 2008
ISBN-13: 978-1-891792-97-7
Price: $54.95

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Pub. Date: September 2008
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-025-6
paper, 256 Pages
Pub. Date: September 2008
ISBN-13: 978-1-891792-96-0
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Real Leaders, Real Schools tells the stories of five urban public school principals who led their schools
through profound and transformative changes. In each of these cases, their efforts resulted in dramatic
improvements in student achievement—improvements that occurred within the current environment
of high-stakes tests.


Real Leaders, Real Schools breaks new ground with its in-depth profiles of five school leaders in the Boston Public Schools. It sheds new light on how school leaders can achieve positive results for all students by providing support to staff and students in courageous, focused, creative, and innovative ways. The book provides a wealth of insights into school leadership—and how leadership can be shaped by continuous learning and reflection. — Thomas Payzant, Professor of Practice, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and former Superintendent, Boston Public Schools

The well-written, inspiring accounts of leadership in Real Leaders, Real Schools tell us much about the current state of education. The book reveals how improvement too often requires almost superhuman funds of stamina and talent from its leaders—and a willingness to go against the prevailing culture of teaching and supervision. A penetrating study of schools and school leadership. — Mike Schmoker, author of Results NOW: How We Can Achieve Unprecedented Improvements in Teaching and Learning

Real Leaders, Real Schools confronts the most important question in education today: What difference can school leaders and teachers make in schools that are confronted with seemingly overwhelming challenges? With compelling cases and a thoughtful synthesis of evidence, the book provides important insights not only for those serving high-poverty schools, but for everyone committed to educational equity and excellence. — Douglas B. Reeves, Founder, The Leadership and Learning Center

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About the Authors

Gerald C. Leader is Professor Emeritus at Boston University.

Amy F. Stern is on staff at the Edward Everett Elementary School in Boston.

E-book available through online booksellers

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Table of Contents (PDF)

Introduction (PDF)

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