Book Reviews

Leadership for Learning

by Carl D. Glickman

Reviewed by Jerry Horgen
Superintendent, Pipestone Area Schools, Pipestone, Minn.

Don’t look up the hall to see what a teacher colleague is doing because he or she is looking down the hall to see what you’re doing. If the classroom is going to make a difference in the lives of students, it’s up to the building administrator to see it through.

That’s the basic premise of Carl Glickman, president of the Institute for Schools, Education and Democracy in Athens, Ga., in his book Leadership for Learning.

At a time when teachers are leaving the profession over frustration about working conditions and mounting demands to improve their students’ standardized test performance, it’s crucial that the building administrator seek ways to help teachers succeed, Glickman says. His book offers basic tools for the hands and minds of site-based leaders.

The author takes a fresh look at the elements that influence student learning, such as classroom structures, instructional focus and school renewal priorities.

Glickman’s work pulls together all the elements of staff improvement to assist teachers—planning and preparation, classroom environment, instructional techniques and professional responsibilities.

(Leadership for Learning: How to Help Teachers Succeed, by Carl D. Glickman, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, Va., 2002, 120 pp., $23.95 softcover)