Making External Experts Work by Thomas F. EvertMaking External Experts Work by Thomas F. Evert

Making External Experts Work

byThomas F. Evert, Amy E. Van Deuren

Paperback | December 9, 2011

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School board members and superintendents face the reality of providing all students access to a quality education and carefully requesting and allocating public funds to finance excellent educational opportunities. One of the key resources available to boards and superintendents are external experts (consultants). This book uses a case study of one district's experiences with external experts over a 14-year span.The district's experiences with the six external experts are described in detail covering' a wide range of topics, including governance and decision making, cultural diversity, finance, and school safety. Special emphasis is placed on lessons learned from each external expert and about the ways school leaders can facilitate the effectiveness of external experts. Relevant aspects of effective district leadership are discussed in depth, including the importance of understanding values and context, assessing need, using available internal resources, and superintendent professional development. Suggestions for board members, current superintendents, and aspiring superintendents are included, which focus on ways district leaders can improve their own performance and improve collaborative work between board members and administrators
Dr. Evert is a former public school superintendent of 14 years and has served as a high school principal and director of student services.  His doctorate is in Ed. Psych. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Dr. Evert is currently an instructor at Edgewood College in Madison, WI.  He teaches courses in law, media, curriculum, and...
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Title:Making External Experts WorkFormat:PaperbackDimensions:154 pages, 9.11 × 6.12 × 0.35 inPublished:December 9, 2011Publisher:R&L EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1610486382

ISBN - 13:9781610486385

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Table of Contents

A Note Regarding External ExpertsPreface Tom EvertPreface Amy Van DeurenChapter 1: External Experts: Overview and ContextChapter 2: Creating Foundational System Change Through Development and Adoption of a Chapter 3: Addressing Diversity Issues in the DistrictChapter 4: Using External Experts to Address a Wide Range of IssuesChapter 5: Transferring and Implementing Proven Health Care Leadership Concepts to Public Chapter 6: Lessons Learned About LeadershipReferencesAbout the Authors

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Even though Thomas Evert and Amy Van Deuren wrote this book for school district leaders, it is a valuable resource for anyone in a leadership role, because the lessons learned can be easily transferred to other professional fields.  Their broad definition of external experts as compared to the narrow conceptualization of "consultants" brings the book to life, providing excellent usable suggestions and insights for leaders. The case study format inspires interest and brings the book into real life situations.  Chapter six is especially helpful as the authors reflect on lessons learned about leadership, providing valuable suggestions and ideas for all of us.  Well done!