Here's something you might want to add (or not) to your summer reading list.
On July 15, "A School District's Journey to Excellence: Lessons From Business and Education" will be released. It's written by former Wake Superintendent Bill McNeal and former Wake school board member Tom Oxholm.
"Rich in examples, case studies, and data, 'A School District's Journey to Excellence' is a much-needed map to excellence in public education," according to the book's blurb.
Here's some background for Wake newcomers.
McNeal was superintendent from 2000 to 2006. He was named national superintendent of the year in 2004 by the American Association of School Administrators. He's now executive director of the N.C. Association of School Administrators.
Oxholm was a school board member from 1999 to 2003 who was known for his financial expertise. A vice president at Wake Stone, Oxholm said he ran because he felt business people needed to serve on the school board.
According to the product description, McNeal and Oxholm "show readers how they established a partnership to help students meet grade-level expectations and support schools in closing achievement gaps."
"Through the authors' experience and tips, readers will discover how to facilitate:
* Improved educational outcomes, especially among minority populations
* Progressive instructional leadership
* Fiscal responsibility and efficient allocation of resources
* Stronger school-community relationships"
They lined up a list of North Carolina education notables to give their praise for the book.
"A remarkable tool for educators and communities," said State Schools Superintendent June Atkinson. "We are fortunate that a very effective former superintendent and successful business person are willing to share their quest for ensuring that all students are well prepared for their futures."
"Written from actual experience and provides specific responses to specific challenges," said Phil Kirk, former chairman of the State Board of Education. "If a school system is interested in results rather than rhetoric, then it should follow the teachings in this book as the gospel."
"Bill McNeal and Tom Oxholm share their story of success in an urban school environment," said Bill Friday, president emeritus of the UNC system. "It’s all here — courage, hard work, communication, patience, and persistence. The Wake County story commands the attention of all who truly value the public school as the essential bedrock of our democracy.”