NEW GROUP! Includes discussions from the Administrators and Professional Development groups. What will it take to move our schools into the 21st century? Please share your thoughts and leadership strategies here.

Machiavelli's The Prince and School Reform

Scott Taylor Superintendent- Kenilworth Schools; Adjunct- Rutgers University

"The long continuum of the dominion obliterates the memories and issues that make men yearn for innovation, for one change will inevitably forge a link to another."

-N. Machiavelli

Changing the culture of a school? Leaders who inherit programs long "held" by "dominions" (i.e. long-standing leadership) will face more daunting challenges. This may seem obvious to many, but this 15th Century verse is a helpful reminder for leaders dealing with people who are mired in doing things "the way they have always been done" and who won't feel the necessity to change their ways.

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