Not content with educationese, school leaders are picking up business-book jargon. Inspired by Jim Collins’ Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t, superintendents are looking for their hedgehog concept and trying to stay out of the doom loop. Good To Great is mostly good sense, explains Education Week:
Among the book’s points: the importance of staying the course, the need to get the right people in the right positions, and the idea that charisma is more of a liability than an asset for leaders of organizations.
Collins analyzed matched pairs of companies to see why one succeeded while the other floundered. The Education Commission of the States may use Collins’ matched-pair method to analyze similar schools and districts. An Arizona group hopes to look at schools where Latino students are doing well.