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Out-of-the-Box Leadership

Out-of-the-Box Leadership

May 2007 | 184 pages | Corwin
The second of a new book series on The Soul of Educational Leadership, this concise volume offers key ideas and strategies for reframing leadership practice.

With contributions from top leadership figures such as Thomas Sergiovanni and Dennis Sparks, among others, this book combines research, day-to-day school leadership practice, and reflective exercises.

About the Editors
About the Contributors
Paul D. Houston
1. Out-of-the-Box Leadership
Dennis Sparks
2. What It Means to Be an Outside-the-Box Leader
Les M. Omotani
3. Caring, Serving…Leading
Thomas J. Sergiovanni
4. An Epistemological Problem: What If We Have the Wrong Theory?
Kari Cocozzella and Thomas J. Kasper
5. Reflections on Leadership: When Minds and Hearts Are Open
Jane A. Kendrick
6. Out-of-the-Box Leadership: A Reflection on Leading Educational Transformation
Hank Rubin
7. Through Others’ Eyes: A Collaborative Model of Leadership
Jerome T. Murphy
8. Embracing the Enemy: Moving Beyond the Pain of Leadership

"Contributes current and powerful information in a clear and concise format that is much needed for principals and superintendents to function productively in the current educational environment."

Chuck Bonner, Assistant Principal
Great Valley High School, Malvern, PA

Relevant to the objectives of the course syllabus

Dr Robert Berardi
Education Dept, Northeastern University
December 25, 2009

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1

Paul D. Houston

Paul D. Houston has established himself as one of the leading spokespersons for American education through his extensive speaking engagements, published articles, and his regular appearances on national radio and television. Formerly executive director of the American Association of School Administrators from 1994 to 2008, Houston has served as a teacher and building administrator in North Carolina and New Jersey. He has also served as assistant superintendent in Birmingham, Alabama, and as superintendent of schools in Princeton, NJ; Tucson, AZ; and Riverside, CA. Houston has served in an adjunct capacity for the University of North... More About Author

Alan M. Blankstein

Award-winning author and educational leader, Alan Blankstein served for 25 years as President of the HOPE Foundation, which he founded and whose honorary chair is Nobel Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu. A former “high-risk” youth, Alan began his career in education as a music teacher. He worked for Phi Delta Kappa, March of Dimes, and Solution Tree, which he founded in 1987 and directed for 12 years while launching Professional Learning Communities beginning in the late 1980s. He is the author of the best-selling book Failure Is Not an Option®: Six Principles That Guide Student Achievement in High-Performing Schools, which received the... More About Author

Robert W. Cole

Robert W. Cole is proprietor and founder of Edu-Data, a firm specializing in writing, research, and publication services. He was a member of the staff of Phi Delta Kappan magazine for 14 years: assistant editor 1974-1976, managing editor 1976-1980, and editor-in-chief 1981-88. During his tenure as editor-in-chief, the Kappan earned more than 40 Distinguished Achievement Awards from the Association of Educational Publishers, three of them for his editorials. Since leaving the Kappan, Cole has served as founding vice president of the Schlechty Center for Leadership in School Reform (1990-1994). At CLSR he managed districtwide and... More About Author

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