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Journal Of Women in Educational Leadership, Vol. 1. No. 1-January 2003. ISSN: 1541-6224


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Leadership in poverty schools is essential for success. This article chronicles the partnership of a principal and a speech and language pathologist who have, together and with some angst, brought teachers in the school together to link language development with reading success. Since 1994, Aurther Perkins and Pat Lindberg have refined a program that is based on common beliefs that children can be successful in schools, that poor parents care much about their children's victories at school, and that reading is the key to success in every subject. Clearly, this documentation of a successful collaboration between a content expert and building leadership reminds us that success for children in at-risk settings is possible through on-site assessment of strengths and implementation of strategies to meet challenges.