"If you would like to influence the next generation of teachers, leaders, and students, then prepare to study, debate, and reflect on every sentence in this book. Whether you are a policymaker, superintendent, principal, or teacher-leader, turn each page preparing to be challenged by this compelling leadership manifesto. With ample evidence and decades of personal experience, the authors will challenge you to avoid pointless debates, confront essential challenges, and take bold risks. This book does not provide a "feel good" prescription, but rather challenges every leader, parent, teacher, and student. We can either settle for mediocrity or follow the evidence and reach for the stars." -- Douglas Reeves "Founder of The Leadership and Learning Center"