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Innovation in Education: Breaking the Cycle of Compliance

More than 40 people gathered in a Congressional hearing room on Wednesday, June 19, 2010, to discuss the three-point framework advanced in The School Leadership Triangle. Leaders from the corporate sector—including Oracle and Wireless Generation—joined policymakers and thought leaders from the public and nonprofit sectors and leaders from the U.S. Department of Education to explore how to foster innovation in education.

The panel, moderated by Learning Point Associates CEO Gina Burkhardt, included:

  • Robert Atkinson, Ph.D., Founder and President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
  • Robert Hughes, Ph.D., President and CEO, National Institute for School Leadership
  • Paul Kimmelman, Ed.D., Senior Advisor, Learning Point Associates

Read Washington Partners' summary of the event. (PDF Icon Adobe® Reader® PDF 157 KB)

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The School Leadership Triangle:
From Compliance to Innovation

There is a constant call for education leaders to be innovative, but examples of actual transformative change in education are rare. Leaders must create conditions that foster innovative solutions to perennial problems and engage all educators in systemic reform.

In The School Leadership Triangle, Paul Kimmelman, Ed.D. provides a three-point framework for creating the conditions that improve schools and districts: federal policy compliance, effective leadership, and innovation.

The School Leadership Triangle:

  • Provides a rare glimpse into the thought processes of legislators and policymakers who wrote the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.
  • Includes contemporary thinking on how leaders can distribute leadership throughout a school or district.
  • Focuses on the critical role of innovation to overcome the most daunting challenges confronting educators.


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