Testing The Water is a collection of poems written by American Poet Larry Cruikshank. The book also includes a small sample of Cruikshank's own photography and photo art. The poetry collection is a mix of free verse, rhyming, and prose poems that are written in a free style, void of painful punctuation, and filled with passion and imagery. Testing The Water is a love story that flows as smooth as a lazy river. The down-to-earth, easy to read poems will keep both poetry and romance fans interested the whole way through. The author rips open his heart for all to see, and explores all the emotions of being both young and old, single and married. Packed with raw honesty and passion, Testing The Water is a must read for anybody who has been in love before.
This book is a longitudinal life history of the lives and work of primary school principals in Ireland. It provides a unique opportunity to peer inside the realities of leading schools in changing times. In a system that until recently did not prepare principals for the onerous roles and responsibilities, a small system with limited mobility, inter-personal relationships emerge as critical, frequently privileged over professional relationships. Consequently, principals struggle to bring about change, to build trust in order to cultivate a transformative leadership agenda, while several aspects of systemic structures and processes emerge as constraints on leadership capacity building. In the absence of comprehensive leadership portfolio development, classroom teachers, catapulted into the principal's office, tend to be cautious and careful in ways that tend to perpetuate the status quo while putting a premium on the exercise of soft power and an over-reliance on the good will of colleagues. Several of the 'leadership lessons' that emerge from this in-depth analysis concur with an increasing international consensus that due to complexity and increasingly performative policy demands, learning about leadership for all is an absolute necessity. However, care must be taken to avoid overly scripted programmes. Critical to the cultivation of a professionally responsible leadership disposition, rather than capitulation to 'technologies of control,' is professional renewal cultivated through adequate attention to the Zone of Proximal Distance.
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