Giving Wings to Children s Dreams: Making Our Schools Worthy of Our Children

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SAGE Publications, Aug 9, 2010 - Education - 162 pages
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In this thought-provoking book, Paul D. Houston, former executive director of the American Association of School Administrators, argues that there are basic truths about what motivates and inspires people, and these truths must be imbedded in the educational process. Education must be oriented toward creating success in students. It has to focus on the assets they bring with them so they can be built upon.

Houston examines what's wrong in education today, highlights what's right, and offers a vision of how we can transform our schools. Education is about giving wings to children's dreams, and Houston captures this truth through

  • 18 thought-provoking essays about the beauty and hope of learning and education to motivate and inspire educators at all levels
  • Chapter-by-chapter reflective questions that can lead discussions and professional learning
  • An appendix with further readings to engage more fully in ideas from the essays

This book shows that the most important transformation has to come from our own internal transformation of understanding what education is really about.

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About the author (2010)

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 Carolina, Harvard University, Brigham Young University, and Princeton University. He has served as a consultant and speaker throughout the United States and overseas, and he has published more than 100 articles in professional journals.

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