Failure Is Not an Option(tm): Six Principles That Guide Student Achievement in High-Performing Schools
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Failure Is Not an Option(tm): Six Principles That Guide Student Achievement in High-Performing Schools

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Building on a foundation that identifies courageous school leadership and the professional learning community as the center of effective school reform, this powerful new book by Alan M Blankstein offers six guiding principles for creating and sustaining high-performing schools: common mission, vision, values, and goals; systems for prevention and intervention; collaborativ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published June 21st 2004 by Corwin Press
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Mar 16, 2009 Julie added it
Recommended to Julie by: my principal
Shelves: education, leadership
Book for administrators. Doesn't seem practical to some classroom teachers. Pie in the sky.
I found the quotes at the beginning of each chapter and the appendix at the end of the book (and the multiple ones through out) more fascinating and helpful than anything the author contributed. I guess that makes this kind of book successful? At least, easy to read.

There were definitely pearls of wisdom throughout, and I think such pearls could be applied to any school, failing or successful. Ironically, I was given this book during one of hundreds of staff meetings -- one of many efforts to st...more
Apr 22, 2008 Kitchengrrl rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kitchengrrl by: book study group for work, new superintendent loves this program
Shelves: teaching
Hallmarks of uselessness: new acronyms every other paragraph, footnotes for EVERYTHING, a whole chapter devoted to "What is courage?" with quotes from everyone since the beginning of time (starting with Aristotle). Please. The fact that it takes 4 chapters to start getting to the practical meat of things really bugged me. A bunch of happy management mumbo-jumbo. In the same chapter, the authors emphasize the importance of data-driven education, talk about how great testing is, talk about how awf...more
Work book. I read this to get ready for a six-hour workshop I was creating/conducting. Good of its kind, dry and obvious at times. Useful and instructive at others. The book provides common sense advice on ways to engage organizations in big causes. It takes the efforts of NASA to bring the crew of Apollo 13 safely home after an explosion nearly incapacitated their spacecraft as its inspiration. Might have rated it higher if it didn't trademark the phrase--such hubris, or is it greed?
Overall some pretty straightforward concepts here that I think get overlooked too much- for example, the importance of working cooperatively in the staff as opposed to privately or worse, at odds with each other. Definitely worth a read though, for any teacher or administrator who is willing to put in some serious effort to improve their school.
Helpful ideas as to how to create effective leadership, but the idea as to how to properly implement is a bit skewed.
Anne Campbell
Excellent information written in a very readable style; would make a great book study for a school PLC.
Sep 03, 2007 Alice rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Educators
Simple but explicit; would help in planning implementation of school improvement strategies
Aug 27, 2007 Mary marked it as to-read
Got this book today from my new district. How's that for a title?
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