This book brings together the wisdom and experience from over 50 schools that have been categorized as high performing, high minority, high poverty. It shows us how the leaders of those schools succeeded -- in their own words. From At-Risk to Academic Excellence: What Successful Leaders Do shows that you too can be a turnaround specialist. Included are actual examples and real life stories which illustrate how the leaders at these schools - raised academic achievement. - motivated students. - boosted parent and community involvement. - applied the 3 R's: rigor, relevance, & relationships.