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A Matter of Leadership: A documentary on ending America’s dropout crisis

May 10, 2012 by James K. Glassman

Today’s classroom performance affects tomorrow’s job readiness and we know now that the warning signs for dropping out start as early as middle school. As part of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate initiative, Ideas in Action with Jim Glassman took an in-depth look at nationwide efforts toward ending America’s dropout crisis in its one-hour documentary, A Matter of Leadership. A Matter of Leadership profiles some effective approaches that address these warning signs, and the innovative principals who are turning their schools around in school districts across the country including Dallas, Indianapolis, Las Vegas and Hyden, Ky. The program features concepts and results that have national impact. As Dr. Robert Balfanz of Johns Hopkins University and the Middle School Matters Initiative at the Bush Institute notes, “We know the solutions exist. It’s just getting those solutions to the schools and kids with the intensity and scale required.” The Middle School Matters initiative at the Bush Institute integrates research based strategies and support tools to assess leadership, effective teaching methods, achievement, academic data and dropout prevention programs to overhaul the traditional middle school model and ensure students have the required academic foundation to successfully complete high school. A Matter of Leadership: An Ideas in Action Special Report on Ending America’s Dropout Crisis is a co-production of Grace Creek Media and the George W. Bush Institute. The documentary has been aired on 78 stations around the country and next airs tonight on KOCE-OC in Los Angeles at 9:00pm. To watch this powerful documentary online, click here. This post was written by James K. Glassman, Founding Executive Director of the George W. Bush Institute.


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James K. Glassman
James K. Glassman

James K. Glassman is the Founding Executive Director of the George W. Bush Institute and the interim Director of the Military Service Initiative.

He served as undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs from June 2008 to January 2009, leading the government-wide international strategic communications effort. Among his accomplishments at the State Department was bringing new Internet technology to bear on outreach efforts, an approach he christened “Public Diplomacy 2.0.”

From June 2007 to June 2008, Glassman was chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). He directed all non-military, taxpayer-funded U.S. international broadcasting, including Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and Alhurra TV.  Glassman was a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., from 1996 to 2008, specializing in economics and technology.

He has been moderator of three weekly television programs: Ideas in Action and TechnoPolitics on PBS and Capital Gang Sunday on CNN.

Glassman has had a long career as a journalist and publisher. He served as president of Atlantic Monthly, publisher of the New Republic, executive vice president of U.S. News & World Report, and editor and co-owner of Roll Call, the Congressional newspaper. Between 1993 and 2004, he was a columnist for the Washington Post and the International Herald Tribune and continues to write regularly for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and Forbes. Shortly after graduating from college, he started Figaro, a weekly newspaper in New Orleans. His articles on finance, economics, and foreign policy have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and various other publications.

Glassman has written three books on investing, and in April 2012 was appointed to the Investor Advisory Committee of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He was formerly a member of the Policy Advisory Board of Intel Corporation and a senior advisor to AT&T Corporation and SAP America, Inc.

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