Cage-Busting Leadership
Fighting the Culture of Can't in Education

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

In his new book Cage-Busting Leadership (Harvard Education Press 2013), education policy scholar Frederick (Rick) M. Hess aims to unveil what is possible for school, system, and state leaders despite the seemingly paralyzing rules, regulations, statutes, and contracts in K-12 education. Rife with stories of cage-busters, Cage-Busting Leadership will help current and aspiring leaders understand how to overcome regulatory and contractual impediments and address practical and political challenges.                                                        

In his most profound assault on the “culture of can’t” in K-12 education, Hess shows education stakeholders what they can do if they break from convention. School and system leaders have a wealth of opportunities to use limited talent, tools, time, and resources to promote great teaching and learning -- if they look for them and have the will to act on them.

RELATED EVENT, February 12th 2013: Cage-Busting Leadership in K-12 Education

Join AEI's Rick Hess and leaders of the education community -- including Christopher Barbic, Deborah Gist, Kaya Henderson, Adrian Manuel, and Michelle Rhee -- in a discussion on what can be done to improve schools and systems.

What people are saying about Cage-Busting Leadership:
“Rick Hess is a trailblazing scholar who explores a path forward to help leaders break the status quo.”
 - Michael F. Bennet, Colorado senator, and former superintendent, Denver Public Schools

“Public school and district leaders are mired in rules, regulations, and red tape, and Rick Hess doesn’t like it. But rather than complain, he’s hell-bent on helping leaders get done the things they need to do despite the challenges.”
 - Joel Klein, former chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, and executive vice president, News Corporation

Contact MediaServices@aei.org (202.862.5829) to set up an interview.

 

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About the Author

 

Frederick M.
Hess
  • An educator, political scientist and author, Frederick M. Hess studies K-12 and higher education issues. His books include "Cage-Busting Leadership," "Breakthrough Leadership in the Digital Age," "The Same Thing Over and Over," "Education Unbound," "Common Sense School Reform," "Revolution at the Margins," and "Spinning Wheels." He is also the author of the popular Education Week blog, "Rick Hess Straight Up." Hess's work has appeared in scholarly and popular outlets such as Teachers College Record, Harvard Education Review, Social Science Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review, American Politics Quarterly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Phi Delta Kappan, Educational Leadership, U.S. News & World Report, National Affairs, the Washington Post, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic and National Review. He has edited widely cited volumes on the Common Core, the role of for-profits in education, education philanthropy, school costs and productivity, the impact of education research, and No Child Left Behind.  Hess serves as executive editor of Education Next, as lead faculty member for the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program, and on the review boards for the Broad Prize in Urban Education and the Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools. He also serves on the boards of directors of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and 4.0 SCHOOLS. A former high school social studies teacher, he teaches or has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Rice University and Harvard University. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Government, as well as an M.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum, from Harvard University.


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