Book Reviews

Essential Websites for Educational Leaders in the 21st Century

by James Lerman

Educators wishing to avoid the struggle of finding the perfect website will want to reserve a copy of Essential Websites for Educational Leaders in the 21 st Century. Author James Lerman, an experienced administrator and designer of educational environments, points us to relevant websites that are stable in a world of changing web locations.

Lerman’s sites encompass many of the topics that school leaders wrestle with regularly. Under headings such as “crisis and disaster intervention,” he lists seven websites to help principals deal with such situations and create building-level policies to avert those disasters.

Other chapters titled “Family Focus,” “Homework Help” and “Preparing for College and Career” offer resources of value to wider audiences. Websites covering grants and “Law and Finance” provide administrators with the tools to locate timely financial support. The book is accompanied by a disk with listings of relevant websites in Adobe Reader format.

Though Lerman mentions that his intended audience of Essential Websites for Educational Leaders in the 21st Century is those serving in administrative roles, this book should be considered a resource for educators in various roles. It should serve to cut down on our frustration while spending hours searching for that one website that can meet the need of the moment.

(Essential Websites for Educational Leaders in the 21 st Century by James Lerman, Rowman and Littlefield Education, Lanham, Md., 2004, 106 pp., $32.95 softcover)