Foreword. 1. A Crisis of Confidence. 2. Adversaries Within the Schoolhouse. 3. Becoming Colleagues. 4. Building a Community of Learners. 5. Teachers as Learners. 6. Principals as Learners. 7. Learning to Lead. 8. Practice into Prose. 9. Between School and University. 10. Becoming a Community of Leaders. 11. Visions of Good Schools. 12. A Personal Vision.
Roland S. Barth Roland S. Barth is one of the country's most renowned educators and the author of a best-selling book on improving schools.
Despite the subtitle, this is basically a handbook for principals. It is one of the first of the recent spate of books on improving schools to concentrate on the role of the principal in bringing about educational reform. Barth stresses the relationship between teacher and principal and the importance of collegiality in fostering an active community of teachers who then become leaders themselves. Barth believes this will create a better climate for student learning. By calling attention to the principal as a factor in the school situation, Barth makes a definite contribution to the literature on the subject. For educational administration collections.-- Shirley L. Hopkinson, California State Univ., San Jose
"A humane blueprint for school reform that--instead of starting with a 'deficiency' model of what teachers can't do and giving them 'inservice' workshops ad infinitum--would build on the educational staff's existing strengths." (The New York Times Book Review)