Leadership with a Moral Purpose: Turning Your School Inside Out (Independent Thinking Series) (The Independent Thinking Series) Paperback – 30 Sep 2008
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This is an unusual book for school leaders: it starts from the inside out. Will Ryan brings a new perception of how leadership could develop, beginning with a dream of what a school could be- one filled with the passion, energy, belief and moral purpose that feed the collaborative strategies necessary for success. By establishing a vision of what everyone in the school is working toward, and by involving each participant as an active member of the professional learning community, the school leader is building a powerful team, including the parents as partners, that can put the individual and necessary bits and pieces together to create a place where teachers and children want to belong, want to work together, and want to support each other. The detailed checklists and the bulleted summaries offer us ways to begin, methods for organizing our dream mandate for our school, so that an action plan can grow from the inside out. This is an important book, and it has strengthened my own beliefs in creating schools that include every child and every teacher in the plan for its success. This is a book for school leaders written by an educational leader who has been there, who loves the place called school, and who has mapped the territory for us with his own passion and belief. --David Booth, Professor OISE, University of Toronto
How refreshing to read a book like Leadership with a Moral Purpose! It is brim full of passion, insights and plain good old common sense. Will Ryan has used his experience to produce a book that will both instruct and inspire. It will prove to be of value for all those who are serious about creating powerful learning experiences for new studies. --Professor David Hopkins,HSBC iNet Chair of International Leadership, Formerly the Chief Adviser to three Secretary of States
Will Ryan has written a powerful resource that will both challenge and reassure school leaders. He writes from the perspective of effective learning and is unswerving in his commitment to the quality of the learner's experience as the primary purpose of leadership. He provides abundant stimuli and resources to stimulate reflection and review and support action. At the same time his approach affirms the very best of primary education and offers a wide range of resources to reinforce what many professionals believe to be the way forward for primary education in England. His approach is clear and logical and is supported by a wide range of examples, insights and stories that make his text come to life. --John West-Burnham, Visiting Professor of Education leadership, Queen's University, Belfast
About the Author
Will Ryan has worked in schools in South Yorkshire for over thirty years as a teacher, head teacher and Local Authority Adviser. As a head teacher he led a school that prized itself on genuine pupil creativity and was described by OFSTED s 'outstanding'.
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