There are many red lights in education reform, ranging from citizens to national and state legislative requirements to the schools staffs themselves. What can you do as a superintendent, school leader, or classroom leader when you encounter these and other red lights? You can run a red light.
Iredell-Statesville Schools Superintendent Dr. Terry Holliday and co-author Brenda Clark give examples of when they ran the red light. Running red lights is appropriate for fire, police, and emergency officials when there is a sense of urgency, a similar sense of urgency is needed to eliminate those negative experiences of children that douse students flame for learning.
You can reflect at a red light. Tools and techniques are presented for reflection when you are confronted with a red light. In the School Improvement Plan framework and the basic tool Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle discussed, school leaders and teachers will find tools of reflection. You can turn right at a red light with caution.
Through a discussion about mission, vision, values, and alignment, Holliday and Clark will give you insight on how to turn right at the red light and still be able to reach your destination of success for children. You can back up at a red light. Sometimes when you are going too fast and you get caught in the intersection at a red light, you have to back up with caution so as not to hit anyone behind you. The authors describe these times and provide tools of communication planning, collaboration, and deployment that can help you back up without hitting anyone behind you or being hit by traffic coming through the intersection.
These authors' journey toward education reform included the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in Education in 2008 and has been a destination of success for the school district's children. Other leaders in other school systems will be inspired to undertake their own journey and to sustain it for all children. The journey is a frustrating one, but the destination is always worth the trouble.
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About the Author(s)
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Terry Holliday, PhD,is Commissioner of Education in Kentucky. He was
superintendent of Iredell-Statesville Schools in North Carolina from 2002 to 2009. Prior to
that, he served as superintendent of Transylvania County Schools in Brevard, North
Carolina. In 2002, he was named superintendent of the
year for Western North Carolina, in 2008 named
North Carolina Superintendent of the Year by the North Carolina Music Educators
Association, and in 2009 named 2009 A. Craig Phillips North Carolina
Superintendent of the Year by the North Carolina School Boards Association and
the North Carolina Association of School Administrators. Prior to his work in
school administration, he was a music and band
instructor. Holliday holds a bachelor�s degree in music education from FurmanUniversity,
master�s and educational specialist degrees from WinthropUniversity,
and a doctorate in educational administration from the University of South Carolina.
He is a member of ASQ. Brenda Clark has been Associate
Superintendent for Learning in Iredell-Statesville Schools since July, 2007. Previously
Clark worked with Jim Shipley and Associates (2000-2007) as Senior Consultant
and was the Baldrige in Education State Coach for New Mexico. Clark served as principal of
Azalea Elementary in PinellasCounty, St.
1991-2000.� The school was recognized as
one of 18 top schools in America
by the National Education Association in 1997, featured in Redbook magazine as
one of 8 outstanding schools in the United States, and was awarded the
Governor's Sterling Award for Performance Excellence in 2000.� Ms. Clark was named Outstanding Principal for
the State of Florida
in 1998 by then Education Commissioner, Frank Brogan.� Prior to her work in administration, Clark taught math and physical education. �Clark holds a bachelor�s degree in health and
physical education from Georgia Southern University, a master�s degree in
perceptual motor development from FloridaStateUniversity
and educational leadership certification from the University of South Florida.� She is a member of ASQ.