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Leadership for Resilient Schools and Communities

Leadership for Resilient Schools and Communities

Second Edition

Foreword by Richard A. Schmuck

December 2007 | 200 pages | Corwin
In this updated edition ofáLeadership for Resilient Schools and Communities, resiliency experts Mike M. Milstein and Doris Annie Henry build on their groundbreaking strategies used in districts across the country and offer newáinformation onáleadership resiliency.áPacked withágraphic organizers and tools, and providing a resource guide, this is an invaluable reference for school leaders serious about resiliency efforts.
List of Tables and Figures
List of Handouts
Foreword by Richard A. Schmuck
Foreword to the First Edition by Paul D. Houston
Organization of the Book

About the Authors
Part I. Basic Concepts
1. Resiliency: Promoting Everyone’s Potential to Succeed
Why the Urgency?

An Introduction to Resiliency

The Problem With Problem Solvers

2. Building Resilient Communities
Why Community Development and Resiliency

Traditional Ways of Thinking About Community

Three Realities of Community: Rural, Urban, and Suburban

Visualizing the Resilient Community

Leadership Activities for Building a Resilient Community: Where Do We Start?

Part II. Resiliency for Everyone
3. Student Resiliency: Building a Base for Positive Living
What Are the Problems That Youth Face?

Changing Our Mind Maps: From Deficits to Potentials

Student Resiliency: The Community and School’s Responsibilities

Leadership Strategies That Promote Student Resiliency

Bringing It All Together as an Overall Resiliency-Building Approach

4. Educator Resiliency: Nurturing the Nurturers
Resiliency Pathways and Educators’ Performance Over Their Career Span

The Ability of Educators to Perform Well Over Time: Coping With Plateauing

The Impact of the School Environment on Educator Resiliency

Strategies to Overcome School-Based Barriers to Educator Resiliency

5. School Resiliency: Creating Supportive Environments for Students, Educators, and Communities
Does Your School Support Resiliency?

Improving School Resiliency Means Changing Schools

Backwards Planning

School Resiliency-Building Strategies

6. Community Resiliency: Developing Partnerships
Building Relationships Between Schools and Their Communities

Communities With Characteristics of Resiliency

Community Support Is Needed for School Resiliency

School Support Is Needed for Community Resiliency

From Reactive to Proactive Community Relationships

Strategies for Improving Community Resiliency

Part III. Making It Happen for Schools & Communities
7. Leading Resiliency Development Initiatives: Strategies for Managing and Assessing Change
Bringing It All Together and Leading Resiliency Development Initiatives

The Four Stages of Change

Group Development

Leadership Needs

Facilitation Skills

Assessment, Monitoring, and Evaluation

8. School and Community Resiliency Initiatives
A Reality Perspective

Communities on the Forefront of Improvement

In Closing

Resource A: Handouts

"Building a foundation of resiliency will help schools and communities strengthen their futures. Milstein and Henry establish an excellent set of guiding principles. Every educational administrator needs to read and reflect upon this important work."

John M. Daggett, Former Superintendent
Ashland Public Schools, OR

"The book provides a wide selection of practical and user-friendly tools and strategies for understanding the meaning and importance of resiliency. A must for teachers, school leaders, boards of trustees, and parents concerned about the well-being of their schools and communities."

Doug Milne, Campus Manager
University of Canterbury, Nelson Campus, New Zealand

"Contains an excellent combination of theory and practice concerning resiliency. The conversational style and practical ideas are very useful in helping me as a leader get my head around making the transition from textbook to school and community reality."

Paul Potaka, Principal
Nelson Central School, New Zealand

"In a world that continues to offer new challenges to students' and adults' sense of personal and professional well-being and commitment to community, this highly practical yet deeply thoughtful book is a must-read, must-use for leaders in schools, communities, and businesses. No other book in the field of resiliency manages to combine the deep thought and practical wisdom of its authors in such a powerful way."

Christopher Day, Professor of Education
University of Nottingham, England

"The resiliency work within our school allowed staff to identify their individual strengths, which then contributed to the collective power of the team by building avenues for quality communication within our professional community."

Cate Gully, Deputy Principal
Broadgreen Intermediate School, New Zealand

"Milstein and Henry have done policy makers and education practitioners an enormous service by developing the concept of resiliency—the capacity to adapt in the face of adversity—as a practical way of engaging communities in school improvement."

John Davies, Emeritus Professor of Higher Education Policy and Management
Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom

"The authors provide strategies that educators, leaders, and students need to cope with life's challenges and make the most of life's possibilities."

Barry Brooker, Associate Dean of Primary Teacher Education
University of Canterbury, New Zealand

"Milstein and Henry have given us a blueprint to create schools and communities that will spread resiliency in young people. The book is a guide for making schools and communities healthier places, and it shows how to create an environment that will produce healthier adults and children. It is not merely a call to action, but a primer for making it happen."

From the Foreword to the First Edition by Paul D. Houston

"With this achievement of a book, Milstein and Henry offer both a clear rationale for advocating resiliency as a goal and a practical guide for progressing on the path toward resiliency."

From the Foreword to the Second Edition by Richard A. Schmuck

“A practical, powerful guide to creating healthier school environments, offering an interactive workbook format packed with successful strategies.”

The Bookwatch, April 2008
Midwest Book Review

Mike M. Milstein

Mike M. Milstein is a partner in The Resiliency Group, Ltd., and Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership at the University of New Mexico. His professional career also includes being Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Buffalo and a classroom teacher. His teaching, research, and writing interests are in the areas of resiliency and organiza­tional change and development. He has been actively engaged in school and community resiliency development efforts in such places as Nelson, New Zealand, Ashland, Oregon; Battle Creek, Michigan; and Shelby County, Tennessee. The resil­iency initiatives he has facilitated include... More About Author

Doris Annie Henry

Doris “Annie” Henry is a partner in The Resiliency Group, Ltd., and retired Pro­fessor of Educational Leadership. Her research and writing interests focus on resiliency, restructuring, change, organization development, and school improvement. Her work with developing resiliency efforts includes Nelson, New Zealand, Ashland, Oregon; Tennessee State Department of Education; and Memphis, Tennessee. She has facili­tated resiliency at the classroom, school-wide, and community-school part­nership levels. Currently she is the National President of the New Zealand Educational Administration and Leadership Society (NZEALS), and serves on 10... More About Author

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