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Leadership for Resilient Schools and Communities

Second Edition


December 2007 | 200 pages | Corwin
In this updated edition ofáLeadership for Resilient Schools and Communities, resiliency experts Mike M. Milstein and Doris Annie Henry build on their groundbreaking strategies used in districts across the country and offer newáinformation onáleadership resiliency.áPacked withágraphic organizers and tools, and providing a resource guide, this is an invaluable reference for school leaders serious about resiliency efforts.
 
Dedication
 
List of Tables and Figures
 
List of Handouts
 
Foreword by Richard A. Schmuck
 
Foreword to the First Edition by Paul D. Houston
 
Preface
Organization of the Book

 
 
About the Authors
 
Part I. Basic Concepts
 
1. Resiliency: Promoting Everyone’s Potential to Succeed
Why the Urgency?

 
An Introduction to Resiliency

 
The Problem With Problem Solvers

 
 
2. Building Resilient Communities
Why Community Development and Resiliency

 
Traditional Ways of Thinking About Community

 
Three Realities of Community: Rural, Urban, and Suburban

 
Visualizing the Resilient Community

 
Leadership Activities for Building a Resilient Community: Where Do We Start?

 
 
Part II. Resiliency for Everyone
 
3. Student Resiliency: Building a Base for Positive Living
What Are the Problems That Youth Face?

 
Changing Our Mind Maps: From Deficits to Potentials

 
Student Resiliency: The Community and School’s Responsibilities

 
Leadership Strategies That Promote Student Resiliency

 
Bringing It All Together as an Overall Resiliency-Building Approach

 
 
4. Educator Resiliency: Nurturing the Nurturers
Resiliency Pathways and Educators’ Performance Over Their Career Span

 
The Ability of Educators to Perform Well Over Time: Coping With Plateauing

 
The Impact of the School Environment on Educator Resiliency

 
Strategies to Overcome School-Based Barriers to Educator Resiliency

 
 
5. School Resiliency: Creating Supportive Environments for Students, Educators, and Communities
Does Your School Support Resiliency?

 
Improving School Resiliency Means Changing Schools

 
Backwards Planning

 
School Resiliency-Building Strategies

 
 
6. Community Resiliency: Developing Partnerships
Building Relationships Between Schools and Their Communities

 
Communities With Characteristics of Resiliency

 
Community Support Is Needed for School Resiliency

 
School Support Is Needed for Community Resiliency

 
From Reactive to Proactive Community Relationships

 
Strategies for Improving Community Resiliency

 
 
Part III. Making It Happen for Schools & Communities
 
7. Leading Resiliency Development Initiatives: Strategies for Managing and Assessing Change
Bringing It All Together and Leading Resiliency Development Initiatives

 
The Four Stages of Change

 
Group Development

 
Leadership Needs

 
Facilitation Skills

 
Assessment, Monitoring, and Evaluation

 
 
8. School and Community Resiliency Initiatives
A Reality Perspective

 
Communities on the Forefront of Improvement

 
In Closing

 
 
Resource A: Handouts
 
References
 
Index

"Building a foundation of resiliency will help schools and communities strengthen their futures. Milstein and Henry establish an excellent set of guiding principles. Every educational administrator needs to read and reflect upon this important work."

John M. Daggett, Former Superintendent
Ashland Public Schools, OR

"The book provides a wide selection of practical and user-friendly tools and strategies for understanding the meaning and importance of resiliency. A must for teachers, school leaders, boards of trustees, and parents concerned about the well-being of their schools and communities."

Doug Milne, Campus Manager
University of Canterbury, Nelson Campus, New Zealand

"Contains an excellent combination of theory and practice concerning resiliency. The conversational style and practical ideas are very useful in helping me as a leader get my head around making the transition from textbook to school and community reality."

Paul Potaka, Principal
Nelson Central School, New Zealand

"In a world that continues to offer new challenges to students' and adults' sense of personal and professional well-being and commitment to community, this highly practical yet deeply thoughtful book is a must-read, must-use for leaders in schools, communities, and businesses. No other book in the field of resiliency manages to combine the deep thought and practical wisdom of its authors in such a powerful way."

Christopher Day, Professor of Education
University of Nottingham, England

"The resiliency work within our school allowed staff to identify their individual strengths, which then contributed to the collective power of the team by building avenues for quality communication within our professional community."

Cate Gully, Deputy Principal
Broadgreen Intermediate School, New Zealand

"Milstein and Henry have done policy makers and education practitioners an enormous service by developing the concept of resiliency—the capacity to adapt in the face of adversity—as a practical way of engaging communities in school improvement."

John Davies, Emeritus Professor of Higher Education Policy and Management
Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom

"The authors provide strategies that educators, leaders, and students need to cope with life's challenges and make the most of life's possibilities."

Barry Brooker, Associate Dean of Primary Teacher Education
University of Canterbury, New Zealand

"Milstein and Henry have given us a blueprint to create schools and communities that will spread resiliency in young people. The book is a guide for making schools and communities healthier places, and it shows how to create an environment that will produce healthier adults and children. It is not merely a call to action, but a primer for making it happen."

From the Foreword to the First Edition by Paul D. Houston

"With this achievement of a book, Milstein and Henry offer both a clear rationale for advocating resiliency as a goal and a practical guide for progressing on the path toward resiliency."

From the Foreword to the Second Edition by Richard A. Schmuck

“A practical, powerful guide to creating healthier school environments, offering an interactive workbook format packed with successful strategies.”

The Bookwatch, April 2008
Midwest Book Review

Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword to the Second Edition

Organization of the book

Chapter 1 excerpt


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