Legacy Literature for Leaders of Independent Schools

"Conversations With and About Mike"

Legacy Literature for Leaders of Independent Schools

  1. My Independent School Head Sage: Enduring Wisdom from Earl Harrison, former head of Sidwell Friends School (Interview for Independent School Magazine),
  2. My Independent School “Bible”: Independent SCHOOLS Independent THINKERS. (Book) Pearl Rock Kane, Editor, 1991.
  3. My American School “Bible”: HORACE’S COMPROMISE: The Dilemma of the American High School. (Book) Theodore R. Sizer, 1984.
  4. My American School History “Bible” (through the 1970s): The One Best System: A History of American Urban Education. (Book) David B. Tyack, 1974.
  5. My Youth Culture in Schools “Bible”: THE HIDDEN CURRICULUM: Practical Solutions for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations for adolescents and young adults. (Book) Brenda Smith Myles, 2013.
  6. My Current Artificial Intelligence “Guru”: Ryan Watkins: Update Your Course Syllabus for ChatGPT. (Blog: medium.com) Ryan Watkins, 2023.
  7. My Organizational Success “Bible”: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t. (Book) Jim Collins, 2001.
  8. “Survival Guide Lessons”: Not Only for Education Leaders: DEEP SURVIVAL: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why. (Book) Laurence Gozales, 2004.
  9. A Look Under the Hood for Aspiring Heads of Schools: The NAIS Head Search Handbook. (Book), 2006.
  10. Best Condolence Poem Ever:  “When Great Trees Fall”. (Poem) Maya Angelou, 1987.

Link to

Great Charts for Heads and  Others to Share with Their Boards: VAIS “State of the Headship” Report  (PowerPoint PDF) Virginia Association of Independent Schools, 2023



Editor’s Note: The Appendix for “Conversations With and About Mike” contains transcripts for the recorded audio and video clips. To view the Audio Transcripts go to this page >