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Learning from Lincoln: Leadership Practices for School Success


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What can 21st century educators learn from the example of a 19th century president? In this intriguing and insightful book, Harvey Alvy and Pam Robbins show how the legacy of Abraham Lincoln can guide today′s education leaders—principals, teachers, superintendents, and others—as they tackle large-scale challenges, such as closing the achievement gap, and everyday issues, such as communicating with constituents.

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Implementing and Sustaining a Mission and Vision with Focused and Profound Clarity

Communicating Ideas Effectively with Precise and Straightforward Language

Building a Diverse and Competent Team to Successfully Address the Mission

About the authors

Harvey Alvy served as a practicing principal for 14 years, gaining both elementary and secondary administrative experience. His teaching career began as an inner-city elementary school teacher in New York City. Alvy later taught in middle and high schools in the United States and abroad. 

Alvy is a founding member of the Principals' Training Center for International Schools and was an NAESP National Distinguished Principal. He held the William C. Shreeve Endowed Professorship in Educational Administration at Eastern Washington University (EWU), where he now serves as a Professor Emeritus. In 2004, he received the EWU CenturyTel Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence.

He conducts workshops, both nationally and internationally, on the newcomer to the principalship, instructional leadership, ethical leadership, characteristics of great teachers, shaping collaborative school cultures, educational trends related to supervision, and the leadership of Abraham Lincoln. 

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