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Profiles in Leadership: Innovative Approaches to Transforming the American High School

Oct 03, 2004

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ProfilesInLeadershipCoverOut of Print. A PDF of the report is still available for download.

Profiles in Leadership: Innovative Approaches to Transforming the American High School is a collection of essays written by some of America’s foremost education innovators, including former Virginia Governor Mark Warner, former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley, and Melinda French Gates. It presents valuable perspectives from a range of influential educators, foundation executives, and public officials.

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. 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.

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These profiles in leadership make clear that high school reform is becoming a national priority that can no longer be overlooked or approached apathetically. While serious efforts to help every child graduate with a meaningful diploma are underway in many communities, driven by innumerable individuals, this volume could only paint the art of high school transformation with broad strokes.

Readers who want to learn more about the authors, organizations, and programs featured in this volume should visit the websites listed below. Those interested in finding out more about high school transformation and gaining a deeper understanding of what it will take to ensure that every child has the opportunity to graduate from high school, ready for college and career, are invited to visit the Alliance for Excellent Education’s website, view its publications, and sign up for its electronic newsletter.

Melinda French Gates, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
http://www.gatesfoundation.org/Education/TransformingHighSchools/

Vartan Gregorian, Carnegie Corporation of New York
http://www.carnegie.org/

Wendy Kopp and Abigail Smith, Teach for America 
http://www.teachforamerica.org/

Gerald Tirozzi, National Association of Secondary School Principals
http://www.nassp.org/

Jonathan Schnur, New Leaders for New Schools
http://www.nlns.org/

Richard Laine, The Wallace Foundation
http://www.wallacefunds.org/WF/

Dal Lawrence, Toledo Federation of Teachers
http://www.tft250.org/

Dan Challener, Chattanooga Public Education Foundation
http://www.pefchattanooga.org/

Hon. Ron Gonzales, Office of the Mayor, City of San Jose, California
http://www.sjmayor.org/

Linda Murray, San Jose Unified School District
http://www.sjmayor.org/

Jerry Wartgow, Denver Public Schools
http://www.dpsk12.org/

Honorable Mark Warner, Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia
http://www.governor.virginia.gov/

Alliance for Excellent Education

Selected Alliance publications can be found at https://all4ed.org/publications/:

  • Every Child a Graduate: A Framework for an Excellent Education (September 2002)
  • Investing in Excellence: Making Title I Work for All Children (September 2001)
  • Left Out and Left Behind: NCLB and the American High School (April 2003)
  • Adolescents and Literacy: Reading for the 21st Century (November 2003)
  • Investing in the Education of Older Students: A Summary of the Evidence (November 2003)
  • Tapping the Potential: Retaining and Developing High-Quality New Teachers (June 2004)
To receive Straight A’s: Public Education Policy and Progress, the Alliance’s biweekly newsletter, please add your name to our mailing list at https://all4ed.org/take-action/mailing-list/.

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