November 28, 2006
For immediate release
Lynette Glasman and Naftaly Glasman of the Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara have just published The Expert School Leader: Accelerating Accountability (Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2007). Accountable school leaders are the key to school improvement, but while school leadership has been described often in many different ways, accountability has been mentioned only in general terms. In The Expert School Leader, Lynette and Naftaly Glasman detail a new approach to identifying, analyzing, acquiring, and using specific competencies that are needed for effective and accountable school leadership. The investigations reported in this book identify ways in which leaders can improve their performance and, thus, help to meet the challenge of maintaining safety and rule enforcement.
The book first identifies challenges school leaders need to face – achieving school goals, safety and rule enforcement, student benefits, problem solving, fiduciary responsibility, emotional comfort, conflict resolution, and use of achievement data. Then the book examines professionals from other fields who also face and meet comparable challenges (for instance crop growers need to enhance benefits for a certain cost, courtroom judges need to manage conflict), thereby hoping to learn new approaches useful in education.
“These days it would be easy to believe that school accountability concerns nothing more than student test scores,” writes Professor Linda Darling-Hammond from the School of Education at Stanford University. “This wonderful book explains what accountability really means in teaching and other professions, describing vividly the ways in which professionals act on their commitments to support the well-being of their clients and society. Teachers, school leaders, policy makers, and concerned citizens should all read this book and think about what we really need and want our schools to do…and how we can support educational accountability that, first and foremost, helps children learn.”Naftaly S. Glasman has served on the faculty of the University of California, Santa Barbara for almost forty years. He has published extensively in the areas of educational leadership, politics, and evaluation. During the 1980s, he served as the dean of the Graduate School of Education at UC Santa Barbara. Lynette D. Glasman has taught at various institutions of higher education and served as an evaluation consultant and researcher. She has published in the areas of cognitive development, bilingual education, and evaluation.
[The Glasmans are available for interviews; to arrange an interview, contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]