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Failure Is Not an Option
6 Principles That Advance Student Achievement in Highly Effective Schools

Third Edition

Foreword by Pedro A. Noguera, A Joint Publication with The HOPE Foundation

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February 2013 | 352 pages | Corwin
This is a book for district and school leaders that describes how to reshape the school culture to become a high performing school and professional learning community that is able to sustain success for every student. Anchored in the moral purpose of sustaining success for all students, the book demonstrates how to reshape school cultures to support continuous student success by building trust as a foundation for the learning community and then implementing the 6 principles of the FNO Framework:

1) Establishing a common mission, vision, set of values and goals

2) Ensuring achievement for all students by setting up systems for prevention and intervention and building on student strengths

3) Engaging in collaborative teaming that is focused on teaching for learning

4) Using data based decision-making for continuous improvement

5) Actively engaging families and the community

6) Building sustainable leadership capacity

With contributions from Pedro A. Noguera, Andy Hargreaves, and Dean Fink, this book not only outlines the Who, What, and How of becoming a high-performing school and learning community, but also shows how to avoid ten common routes to failure, and provides numerous resources, many case stories and examples from Alan's work in schools and districts around the U.S.

 
List of Resources
 
Foreword by Pedro A. Noguera
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Chapter 1. Why Failure Is Not an Option
 
Chapter 2. Courageous Leadership for School Success
 
Chapter 3. 10 Common Routes to Failure, and How to Avoid Each
 
Chapter 4. Relational Trust as Foundation for the Learning Community
 
Chapter 5. Principle 1: Common Mission, Vision, Values and Goals
 
Chapter 6. Principle 2: Ensuring Achievement for All Students: Systems for Prevention and Intervention
 
Chapter 7. Principle 3: Collaborative Teaming Focused on Teaching for Learning
 
Chapter 8. Principle 4: Data-Based Decision Making for Continuous Improvement
 
Chapter 9. Principle 5: Gaining Active Engagement from Family and Community by Alan M. Blankstein and Pedro A. Noguera
 
Chapter 10. Principle 6: Building Sustainable Leadership Capacity by Alan M. Blankstein with Andy Hargreaves and Dean Fink
 
Conclusion
 
Resources
 
Book Group Discussion Questions
 
References and Further Readings
 
Index

Supplements

Sample Materials & Chapters

Case Study 1


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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,... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781452268279
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