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Naked in the Public Eye
Leading and Learning in an Era of Accountability
L. Oliver Robinson
Naked in the Public Eye
provides a practical road map to success and illuminates the mental and emotional fortitude needed in these leadership positions by weaving experiential testimony. The tone and format are framed to contextualize the complex challenges faced by educational leaders in an era of heightened focus on accountability. The book carefully blends tactical frameworks with strategic soft skills in the sincere pursuit of excellence.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Size: 6 x 9
978-1-4758-3263-1 • Hardback • February 2017 •
978-1-4758-3264-8 • Paperback • January 2017 •
978-1-4758-3265-5 • eBook • January 2017 •
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Dr. L. Oliver Robinson
has been a superintendent of schools for over 15 years. Viewing himself as a leader for learning, Dr. Robinson is a staunch advocate for equity and equal access to educational opportunities for all children.
Chapter 1: MOMENTS OF RECKONING- CRUCIAL CROSSROADS
Chapter 2: PAINTING THE PICTURE
Chapter 3: SENSE OF SIGNIFICANCE
Chapter 4: LET SCHOOLS BE SCHOOL
Chapter 5- LEADING FOR LEARNING
Chapter 6- VISION- EMBODIMENT-EMPOWERMENT
Chapter 7- POSITION FOR PROSPERITY
Chapter 8- RETOOLING SCHOOLSCHAPTER IX
Chapter 9- CONVERT CHALLENGES INTO OPPORTUNITIES
Chapter 10- THE HORIZON LEANS FORWARDCHAPTER XI
Chapter 11- GATES OF A NEW ERA
Chapter 12: FUEL FOR THE SOUL
About the Author
In this important new book, Oliver Robinson, an educational leader with an extraordinary track record of success, offers practical and sound advice rooted in his experience, to other educational leaders. This is much more than a list of principles or the latest take on the recipe for success. It is instead, a deep and thoughtful reflection on how to transform schools into learning centers where children are motivated to learn and teachers are inspired to teach. Written with honesty and unwavering candor, Robinson's insights and recommendations will serve as a useful source of wisdom and inspiration to leaders who strive to make a difference during these turbulent times.
Pedro A. Noguera Ph.D, distinguished professor of education UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies; author,"Excellence Through Equity" Corwin Press (2015)
Dr. Robinson is a leader among superintendents not only in New York State but nationally. Fellow superintendents view him as a leader and he takes that role seriously.
Naked in the Public Eye: Leading for Learning in an Era of Accountability
reinforces his standing and his perspective to leadership.
The key themes in the book are well thought out, illustrating the need for leaders to not be afraid to challenge the status quo. The candid and practical testimonial-type approach is appreciated by all of superintendents but it is especially important to newer leaders who can learn so much from him his experience. This is a must read!
Charles S. Dedrick, EdD, executive director, NYS Council of School Superintendents
Dr. Oliver Robinson's candid, passionate and reflective blending of leadership theory and practice, grounded in his experience, instills faith, hope and possibility in current and aspiring system leaders.
Janice White, EdD, chair, associate professor, EDL Department, Esteves School of Education, The Sage Colleges
Highly respected superintendent Oliver Robinson has written a book that will inspire educators and encourage school leaders to reflect on their roles in the context of today’s schools and society.
Robert L. Bradley, EdD, Esteves School of Education, The Sage Colleges
Dr. Oliver Robinson’s book merits careful consideration. Many ideas and values pack an easy-to-read text and beg the reader’s deliberate reflection. Descriptions of personal experiences—the author as learner as well as leader—pepper the text with lived experience. The book champions the high calling of education as a transformer of lives, a nurturer of spirits, in contrast to an overemphasis on assessment and curriculum with less regard for learning. Its frank but fundamentally optimistic discussion of race in education is refreshing. The reader will walk away from the book feeling a renewed sense of purpose, but also a deeper sense of responsibility for a very special calling, to be a leader for learning.
Robert L. Bangert-Drowns, PhD, dean, School of Education, University at Albany
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