Failure is Not an Option: Six Principles that Guide Student Achievement in High-performing Schools

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Alan M. Blankstein
Corwin Press, 2004 - Education - 276 pages
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`Failure Is Not an Option is a deeply passionate call to arms, combined with an entire arsenal of information - from the worlds of research and classroom practice - to enable the reader to take systematic, continuous and effective action. This book is absolutely a must read for all those interested in reform because it is simultaneously inspiring and practical' - From the Foreword by Michael Fullan, University of Toronto

"This is a practical, well formatted book that is intellectually solid, emotionally inspiring, and practically accessible." - Andy Hargreaves, Thomas More Brennan Chair in Education, Lynch School of Education, Boston College

"Both inspirational and eminently practical, Failure Is Not an Option can serve as a handbook for both strategic planning and classroom-by-classroom reworking. Any administrator who truly wishes to change his or her school can use this book as a manual from which to design every aspect of the change process." - Robert W. Cole, Educational writer and consultant, Louisville, KY

"This book speaks to the spark of caring, generosity, and greatness in every child and provides caring adults with ideas and tools to unleash this potential. It leaves no part of the child behind, and leaves no adult on the sidelines." - Maurice J. Elias, Professor of Psychology, Rutgers University, New Jersey

Building on a foundation that identifies courageous school leadership and the professional learning community as the center of effective school reform, this powerful new book by Alan M Blankstein offers six guiding principles for creating and sustaining high-performing schools:

} common mission, vision, values, and goals

} systems for prevention and intervention

} collaborative teaming for teaching and learning

} data driven decision making and continuous improvement

} active engagement from family and community

} building sustainable leadership capacity

Covering theory into practice, applications that include case studies and vignettes, and techniques for addressing difficult issues, the book also provides valuable dual perspectives on the critical issues: how implementation looks when it's done right as well as when things go wrong. Failure Is Not an Option is sure to be the state-of-the-art resource that school leaders reach for when, in Michael Fullan's words, they need "practical applications to perplexing problems".

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Review: Failure Is Not an Option(tm): Six Principles That Guide Student Achievement in High-Performing Schools

User Review  - Alexandra - Goodreads

Helpful ideas as to how to create effective leadership, but the idea as to how to properly implement is a bit skewed. Read full review

Review: Failure Is Not an Option(tm): Six Principles That Guide Student Achievement in High-Performing Schools

User Review  - Liz - Goodreads

I found the quotes at the beginning of each chapter and the appendix at the end of the book (and the multiple ones through out) more fascinating and helpful than anything the author contributed. I ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Award-winning author and visionary educational leader Alan M. Blankstein is founder and president of the HOPE Foundation, a not-for-profit organization 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. Hehas worked in youth-serving organizations since 1983, including the March of Dimes, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National Educational Service (now Solution Tree), which he founded in 1987 and directed for 12 years. He has created award-winning publications and video staff development programs. He is the author of the best-selling book Failure Is Not an Option(R) Six Principles That Guide Student Achievement in High-Performing Schools, which received the 2005 Book of the Year award from Learning Forward (formerly NSDC), and has been nominated for three other national and international awards.In addition to authorship of this award-winning book, Blankstein is Publisher of three "Failure Is Not an Option(r)" video series and Senior Editor along with Paul Houston of the thirteen-volume "The Soul of Educational Leadership" series. Blankstein also co-authored the "Reaching Today s Youth" curriculum and has published articles in "Educational Leadership, The School Administrator, Executive Educator, High School Magazine, Reaching Today s Youth", and "Inside the Workshop". He has also provided keynote presentations and workshops for virtually every major educational organization.

Blankstein is on the Harvard International Principals Centers advisory board, served as Board member for Federation of Families for Children s Mental Health, is former Co-Chair of Indiana University s Neal Marshall Black Culture Center s Community Network and advisor to the Faculty and Staff for Student Excellence (FASE) mentoring program. He also served as advisory board member for the Forum on Race, Equity, and Human Understanding with the Monroe County Schools in Indiana, and on the Board of Trustees for the Jewish Child Care Agency (JCCA), in which he was once a youth in residence.

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