Book Review

Leadership Coaching for Educators: Bringing Out the Best in School Administrators

by Karla Reiss, Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 2007, 258 pp. with index, $35.95 softcover

Change is an inevitable factor in life. While most people prefer to remain in their comfort zone, change is a necessity.

In Leadership Coaching for Educators: Bringing Out the Best in School Administrators, Karla Reiss provides a rationale for coaching administrators. Following the guidelines set forth by the International Coach Federation, she defines what effective coaching is and what it is not.

Reiss spent 20 years in education and is the founder of The Change Place, a consulting and coaching firm focused on continuous improvement of individuals, teams and organizations.

Leadership Coaching is divided into three major sections and includes reflective questions at the end of each of the eight chapters. The resources provided at the end of the book are useful for providing a beginning understanding of the process of professional coaching.

Reiss promotes continuous school system improvement through personal empowerment. The book keeps readers involved through quotations, coaching tips, figures and examples.

The emphasis here is that coaching should be used as a strategy for creating greater results for students by improving and strengthening school leadership.

Reviewed by Lylia King, principal, Cleburne Intermediate School, Cleburne, Texas