One of the most difficult tasks for those engaged in the work of preparing educational leaders is to find ways to bridge the gap between the landscape of inquiry and best practices in everyday leadership settings. Authors Berry and Coffin have written a nimble book that engages readers from the get-go. Simultaneously considering daily practice in both school and university settings, the authors stretch their insights from the mundane to the esoteric with ease. This a helpful read for aspiring and practicing leaders, educational policy makers, and academics looking for clear insights into best preparation practices.
Autumn Tooms Cyprès
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
St. John’s University
New York City
This new book by Berry and Coffin addresses the metacognition need for the school leader going well beyond the managerial skills required for great leadership practices. Necessary Leadership’s focus on the affective component of the school culture, adds tremendously to the body of knowledge of the effective school leader and is a must read for all practicing principals.
Dr. Rosemary Papa
The Del and Jewell Lewis Endowed Chair, Learning Centered Leadership
AERA 2015 Willystine Goodsell Award, Research on Women and Education SIG
Executive/Founding Editor, eJournal of Education Policy ISSN 2158-9232
Professor, Educational Leadership, Northern Arizona University
NCPEA International Ambassador