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Gov. Mark Warner, Hon. Richard Riley, Melinda French Gates Among Contributors Calling for Bold High School Leadership

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Gov. Mark Warner, Hon. Richard Riley, Melinda French Gates Among Contributors Calling for Bold High School Leadership

Alliance for Excellent Education’s new publication Profiles in Leadership: Innovative Approaches to Transforming the American High School features essays written by nation’s top education leaders

Some of America’s foremost education innovators lay out a bold vision for secondary school leadership in a collection of essays released by the Alliance for Excellent Education at its annual conference on American high school policy today.

Profiles in Leadership: Innovative Approaches to Transforming the American High School presents valuable perspectives from a range of influential educators , foundation executives, and public officials. Common themes emerge: setting clear, high expectations for all students, focusing on good instruction, targeting reading and math, supporting quality teachers and school leaders, and proactive community engagement are the essential strategies leaders must implement for real change to take place on the high school level.

“The leaders in this volume prove that we do know how to educate every child to high standards,” says Cynthia Harlow Sadler, Interim President of the Alliance for Excellent Education. “But their achievements prove that there is no silver bullet that can be used to change the situation. Instead, we need a critical mass of caring and committed individuals who are willing and able to take the actions necessary to positively impact student achievement.”

Contributors to Profiles in Leadership represent a vast spectrum of experiences and responsibilities in the world of education:

  • The Hon. Richard W. Riley (former U.S. Secretary of Education) on “Caring Enough to Lead: Reforming America’s High Schools”
  • Melinda French Gates (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) on “Every Student Ready for College”
  • Dr. Vartan Gregorian (Carnegie Corporation of New York) on “Leading by Example”
  • Wendy Kopp and Abigail Smith (Teach For America) on “Cultivating High School Leadership: Theory in Action”
  • Dr. Gerald Tirozzi (National Association of Secondary School Principals) on “Repainting the Canvas: The Changing Artistry of the Principalship”
  • Jonathan Schnur (New Leaders for New Schools) on “A Recipe for Successful Schools”
  • Richard Laine (The Wallace Foundation) on “Leadership for Learning”
  • Dal Lawrence (Toledo Federation of Teachers) on “Ask the Right Questions: Rethinking High School Reform”
  • Dr. Dan Challener (Chattanooga Public Education Foundation) on “What Can You Be When You Are No Longer the ‘Dynamo of Dixie’?”
  • Mayor Ron Gonzales (City of San Jose) on “Mayors Must Make Better High Schools a Top Priority”
  • Dr. Linda Murray (San Jose Unified School District) on “The San Jose Unified School District Story: Implementing a College-Ready Curriculum for All”
  • Dr. Jerry Wartgow (Denver Public Schools) on “Setting High Expectations for Denver Public Schools”
  • Gov. Mark Warner (D-VA) on “High School Reform: An Urgent Priority in a Changing Economy”

Profiles in Leadership: Innovative Approaches to Transforming the American High School is being released at the Alliance for Excellent Education’s Second Annual Conference on American High School Policy: “Preparing Today’s Leaders for Tomorrow’s High Schools,” Oct. 3-5 in Washington, D.C.

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The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington-based policy and research organization that works to make every child a graduate, prepared for college, success in life, and to be contributing members of society. It is funded by the Leeds Family, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the New York Community Trust, as well as by concerned individuals.

For more information about the Alliance for Excellent Education, please visit: www.all4ed.org

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