Great Leaders Equal Great Schools

Alliances and Discourse for Educational Reform

Edited by:
Autumn Cyprès, University of Tennessee

A volume in the series: Leadership, Schools, and Change. Editor(s): Terri N. Watson, The City College of New York. Amanda Heffernan, Monash University. Jeffrey S. Brooks, Monash University.

Published 2013

The networks of Tennessee politicians, school leaders, and academics are rife with significant contributors to the national fabric of educational reform. This cadre includes Former White House Chief of Staff Howard Baker, United States Senator Bill Frist (currently Chairman of the Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education) former United States Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander (currently United States Senator and Conference Chair of the Republican Party) and current Governor Bill Haslam. This network has deep, current ties to The University of Tennessee, the Knoxville area, and school systems across the state of Tennessee. The Center for Educational Leadership is a highly funded, highly visible model for education reform throughout the state of Tennessee. This 3 book series will serve as a calling card for all activities that The Center for Educational Leadership is involved in around the state of Tennessee and the United States. This includes all school leadership summits for policy makers, practitioners, scholars, and legislators. It represents the shared vision and commitment of educational leaders, politicians, educational reformers, and legislators. This book will be distributed to school leaders, professional development coaches, teacher unions, scholars at several Tennessee institutions of higher education, and members of the Tennessee legislature and Department of Education. The audience for this series is primarily school leaders and scholars who are launching and designing new programs or revising and strengthening existing programs. However, those who are discussing policy at the local, state, and national level would be interested in the information given within these pages as it relates clearly to their work in educational leadership.

CONTENTS
Foreword, Jamie Woodson. Acknowledgments. Introduction, Autumn Cyprès and Nicole Wilson. PART I: THE MODEL. A Vision for New Leadership Preparation, Pam Angelle and Vince Anfara. Teaching New Leaders: A View From the Academy, Jason Huff. Shuttle Diplomacy: An Interview With the Principal in Residence, Betty Sue Sparks and Autumn Cyprès. PART II: NEW LEADERS IN ACTION. Critical Leadership Responsibilities for Change, Beth Blevins. Implementation and Obstacles of Assessment Practice in the Seventh and Eighth-Grade, Paula Jo Brown. Data Reflection: How Looking Within Helps Middle School Teachers Improve Instruction, Jonathan East. Yes We Can! The How and What of Improving Language Arts and Literacy Achievement, Kimberle Harrison. Student Leadership Teams: The Key to Sociopersonal Development, Alisha Hinton. Interventions That Work: A Look at Student Attendance and Achievement, Renee Kelly. Writing in the Third-Grade: Teacher Strategies and Student Strategies, Tiffany Mclean. Comprehensive Approaches to Behavioral Disorder, Terry Neiporte. Fostering Instructional Practices That Last, Ryan Siebe. The Jeanie in a Bottle: How Writers Workshops Create Middle School Success Stories, Shay Siler. Do This, Not That! Inside Data Analysis and the Instructional Decisions of Math Teachers, Jamie Snyder. The Best Five: Effective Professional Development Components Utilized by School Leaders That Really Affect Teacher Practices, Robert Speas. PART III: LEADERSHIP DISCOURSES. Reflections From Allies, Lamar Alexander, Oliver “Buzz” Thomas, Bob Rider, Jimmy Cheek, Kevin Huffman, James P. McIntyre, Jr., Autumn Cyprès, and Donna Wright. Epilogue, John Breckner. About the Authors.