I read this book because it was given to me by my direct supervisor. It is my first year in a leadership role after many years of teaching elementary and middle school ESL, reading, writing, and special education. I absolutely love this book for its focus on literacy and its no-nonsense approach to student achievement. The ideas in this book align with best practices in literacy education, but these perspectives are given from Schmoker's experience as a school administrator. I appreciate the respect that Schmoker conveys for teacher teaming and collaboration, and I will certainly be referring to the appendices of the book in my future practice. I honestly am so grateful for a book on school leadership that I could really sink my teeth into! This was the perfect book for beginning this new chapter in my life.