Striking the Right Balance
Author: Robert J. Marzano,Timothy Waters
Publisher: Solution Tree Press
View: 5814Bridge the great divide between distanced administrative duties and daily classroom impact. This book introduces a top-down power mechanism called defined autonomy, a concept that focuses on district-defined, nonnegotiable, common goals and a system of accountability supported by assessment tools. Defined autonomy creates an effective balance of centralized direction and individualized empowerment that allows building-level staff the stylistic freedom to respond quickly and effectively to student failure.
Strategies for School Leaders
Author: P J Caposey
View: 5005Written in a down-to-earth and people-first style, this book is for principals and aspiring school leaders. Caposey shares insightful advice and meaningful examples for building a healthy school culture. Learn the essential strategies that will help you transform and improve your school by embodying a service mindset and focusing on supporting the mission and vision, the professionals in the building, the students, and the community as a whole. This is also an ideal guide for students in a principal preparation course—demonstrating how a culture of support is at the heart of all successful school improvement efforts.
How to Conquer Myths, Build Commitment, and Get Results
Author: Douglas B. Reeves
View: 9574Guiding schools through significant change is one of the toughest challenges educational leaders face, but learning from the examples of those who have succeeded can make it less daunting. In Leading Change in Your School, distinguished author and researcher Douglas B. Reeves offers lessons learned through his work with educators in thousands of schools around the world and presents real-life examples of leaders who have met the challenge of change head-on--with impressive results for their schools and districts. Readers will also find practical resources for engaging their colleagues in change initiatives. Expanding on a number of his columns in the journal Educational Leadership, Reeves offers insights ad recommendations in four areas: * Creating conditions for change, including assessments to determine personal and organizational readiness for change; * Planning change, including cautionary notes about strategic planning; * Implementing change, including the importance of moving from rhetoric to day-to-day reality; and * Sustaining change, including the need to reorient priorities and values so that individual convenience gives way to a shared sense of the greater good. The change leaders--both teachers and administrators--whose stories Reeves tells come from varied districts, but they share a passion for creating schools that work for all students. They are, Reeves says, "people like you, sharing similar challenges but perhaps with different results."
A Practical Guide for New School Leaders
Author: John C. Daresh,Linda Alexander
Publisher: Corwin Press
View: 8729Principals are today’s newest superheroes, and every superhero needs a mentor. Daresh and Alexander offer encouragement in a practical hands-on guide to help principals navigate the challenges of leadership. Discover how to: Drive student learning as the primary mission of the school Deal with others’ expectations of you as principal Master the technical skills needed to run an efficient school Create and clarify a personal professional growth plan Work effectively with the greater community and parents Celebrate instructional and non-instructional staff in a positive school culture Don’t just survive. Read this guide and thrive!
Toward a Post-Reform Agenda in Education
Author: Gary L. Anderson
View: 746In this timely and important new book, Gary Anderson provides a devastating critique of why a managerial role for educational leaders is counterproductive, especially for improving opportunities for low-income students and students of color, and instead proposes ways of re-theorizing educational leadership to emphasize its advocacy role. Advocacy Leadership lays out a post-reform agenda that moves beyond the neo-liberal, competition framework to define a new accountability, a new pedagogy, and a new leadership role definition. Drawing on personal narrative, discourse analysis, and interdisciplinary scholarship, Anderson delivers a compelling argument for the need to move away from current inauthentic and inequitable approaches to school reform in order to jump-start a conversation about an alternative vision of education today.
How Education Leaders Get Results
Author: Jody Spiro
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
View: 1141Focus on the right things An education leader’s job can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Research shows that by spending time on just a few high-payoff strategies, leaders can bring about the meaningful change their schools and districts need. High-Payoff Strategies helps administrators lead successful change initiatives by focusing on the three top priorities identified by research and practitioners alike: fostering a supportive district and school culture, leading instructional change, and building a learning community among faculty and staff. Drawing on the latest research as well as hundreds of interviews with education leaders, High-Payoff Strategies reveals what it really takes to bring about school turnaround. The book includes rich and varied examples showing how real-world education leaders—in urban, suburban, and rural settings—have successfully led changes in their schools and districts. It also provides tools that readers can use immediately to put these practices in place, together with videos demonstrating the practices in action. High-Payoff Strategies helps education leaders create schools and districts that support teachers and make a difference in the lives of children.
Author: Koh Thiam Seng,Hung David Wei Loong
Publisher: World Scientific
Category: Business & Economics
View: 6909The book shares stories of the role of school leadership in Singapore, with case studies from selected schools, that provides some insights on how Singapore delivers a high-quality education that had led to it achieving high rankings in TIMMS and PISA. This book will provide both the historical and present contexts of changes in the education system, school leadership and teacher leadership in Singapore that made it what it is today. It will distil some universal principles of educational change that school leaders and policy makers can apply in bringing about educational changes that will enhance the learning experiences of students and prepare them for future challenges. Contents: Educational Leadership for Change: An IntroductionEducational Leadership in Singapore: A Historical DevelopmentThe Significance of Educational Leadership: The Case for Singapore Schools TodayEducational Change for the 21st Century: Why School Systems Have to Respond or be Made RedundantTeacher Leadership for Innovation DiffusionLeadership from the Middle: Distributing Leadership Upwards, Downwards, and SidewardsSchool, Teacher, and Student LeadershipSustainability: Building a Sustainable Eco-System for Innovations Readership: General public and professionals. Keywords: Education;LeadershipReview: Key Features: Much of information covered in the proposed book has been reported generally in academic journals, which are less accessible to the public. The findings reported in the book will be written in the form of stories and perspectives that will engage a wider audience beyond academia and practitionersThere is much interest in the Singapore education system because of its strong international standing in TIMMS and PISA. This book will provide stories and insights into how school leaders, in working with the Ministry of Education, bring about some of the important changes in education that have contributed to Singapore having a strong internationally-recognised education systemThe stories in the book will be told through the direct experiences of key leaders who are and were contributors to the success of the Singapore education system and researchers who are actively researching school leadership in Singapore schools which implement educational changes to improve learning experiences of their students
Shifting the Focus of Leader Evaluation
Author: Beverly G. Carbaugh,Robert J. Marzano,Michael D. Toth
Publisher: Learning Sciences
View: 7154What defines an effective school leader and how do you measure effectiveness? School leaders have a direct and significant impact on student achievement. They drive the effectiveness of teachers who, in turn, influence the performance of students. Without the right kind of support, training, vision, and tools, however, school leaders are often unable to perform at the highest levels of effectiveness. Based on historical and contemporary research, School Leadership for Results: Shifting the Focus of Leader Evaluation explores the importance of evaluating school leaders based on something far more powerful than measurement alone: evaluating based on growth. Education authorities Beverly G. Carbaugh, Robert J. Marzano, and Michael D. Toth describe ways to transform evaluation into a model that: Measurably improves the performance of school leaders Aligns the vision, mission, and goals of school leaders Connects goals with practices that impact teachers and students Is designed with domains, scales, and evidences to address key questions Provides a clear course to help school leaders prepare for evaluations Ensures that district leaders offer fair, unbiased school leader evaluations Effective school leader evaluation is a collaborative, shared process of focused improvement. Learn how to make it an integral part of your schools.
Translating Research Into Action
Author: Robert J. Marzano
View: 5787Schools can and do affect student achievement, and this book recommends specific-and attainable-action steps to implement successful strategies culled from the wealth of research data.
Leadership Practices for School Success
Author: Harvey B. Alvy,Pamela Robbins
View: 2792What can 21st century educators learn from the example of a 19th century president? In this intriguing and insightful book, Harvey Alvy and Pam Robbins show how the legacy of Abraham Lincoln can guide today's education leaders--principals, teachers, superintendents, and others--as they tackle large-scale challenges, such as closing the achievement gap, and everyday issues, such as communicating with constituents. The authors identify 10 qualities, attributes, and skills that help to explain Lincoln's effectiveness, despite seemingly insurmountable odds: 1. Implementing and sustaining a mission and vision with focused and profound clarity 2. Communicating ideas effectively with precise and straightforward language 3. Building a diverse and competent team to successfully address the mission 4. Engendering trust, loyalty, and respect through humility, humor, and personal example 5. Leading and serving with emotional intelligence and empathy 6. Exercising situational competence and responding appropriately to implement effective change 7. Rising beyond personal and professional trials through tenacity, persistence, resilience, and courage 8. Exercising purposeful visibility 9. Demonstrating personal growth and enhanced competence as a lifetime learner, willing to reflect on and expand ideas 10. Believing that hope can become a reality Chapters devoted to each element explore the historical record of Lincoln's life and actions, then discuss the implications for modern educators. End-of-chapter exercises provide a structure for reflection, analysis of current behaviors, and guidance for future work, so that readers can create their own path to success--inspired by the example of one of the greatest leaders of all time.
Literary Understanding and Literature Instruction
Author: Ann Lieberman,Judith A. Langer,Linda Friedrich
View: 8733This updated text argues that literature fosters ways of thinking that go far beyond understanding the conventions of genre and text. It involves literate thinking that takes students beyond improved performance on high-stakes tests and prepares them for their future in the 21st century. This revision of Judith Langer's classic bestseller builds on more than 15 years of research and development projects in elementary, middle, and high schools, in inner-city as well as suburban and rural communities. Filled with classroom examples from across the grades and the voices of students and teachers, this book continues to be a practical and influential resource for the English Language Arts classroom.
Author: Frank Siccone
Publisher: Prentice Hall
View: 2274A succinct, practicable text that equips school leaders with an expansive repertoire of essential skills and reinforces the leadership knowledge necessary for success. All leaders, particularly school leaders, share five essential skills: Confidence. Leaders believe in themselves and their ability to mobilize others to act. Communication. Leaders are able to articulate their goals and transform words into deeds, and rhetoric into results. Collaboration. Leaders recognize that success is a team effort. Coaching. Leaders invest time and energy into developing their team. Continuous Improvement. Leaders view change as opportunity. This book is based on the premise that there is no single ideal school leader profile or leadership style. It contains tools for activating and motivating the community on behalf of students, developing the ability to be decisive and achieve results, facilitating collaboration to improve teaching and learning, implementing detailed action plans, and balancing leadership challenges. Designed for individual school leaders and those who aspire to be, this book contains easy-to-understand, ready-to-use leadership lessons created to inspire the acquisition of pertinent decision-making and school leadership skills. A valuable resource for every reader, it is designed to be easily customizable. Topics that are most relevant to each situation are easily selected and tailored to every leader's individual development program.
Tips for Courage, Finding Solutions, and Reaching Your Goals
Author: Joseph Murphy
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
View: 5924This gold mine of wisdom from top education researcher and the bestselling author of Turning Around Failing Schools and Connecting Teacher Leadership and School Improvement contains key tips and strategies every school leader should know. Award-winning professor and former school administrator Joseph Murphy’s concise and instructive lessons will help you stay focused on what matters most as you navigate the hectic world of high-stakes testing and accountability: • It really is all about the kids • Optimism is essential • Caring counts a lot • Listen—let people finish talking • Don’t confuse excuses and explanations Each lesson is coupled with context in a few sentences taken from Murphy’s extensive real-world experiences. This collection is ideal for use in daily reflections, speeches, staff meetings, presentations, or as a gift to anyone who works with children.
How District, School, and Classroom Leaders Improve Student Achievement
Author: Richard DuFour,Robert J. Marzano
Publisher: Solution Tree Press
View: 7731For many years, the authors have been fellow travelers on the journey to help educators improve their schools. Their first coauthored book focuses on district leadership, principal leadership, and team leadership and addresses how individual teachers can be most effective in leading students—by learning with colleagues how to implement the most promising pedagogy in their classrooms
Practices to Transform Your Leadership and School
Author: Valerie Brown,Kirsten Olson
Publisher: Corwin Press
View: 9543Big results come from small steps. Written with school leaders in mind, this inspirational yet practical handbook teaches you how to add mindfulness into your day, bit by bit, whether you are sitting in your office or walking down the hall. With mindfulness, you will get better at managing meetings, responding creatively to complex situations, and achieving resilience—you will become a more effective leader and a more positive force for your staff and students. Features include: Real-life profiles of mindful school leaders Practice exercises to try right away Guidance so you know if you are “doing it right” Hard-to-find resources, including mindfulness apps
Author: Bryan Goodwin,Greg Cameron,Heather Hein
View: 9012What makes a great school leader? Contrary to what many believe, the answer is not tied to a certain kind of personality but to specific behaviors and actions that have positive effects on student achievement—behaviors and actions that any school leader can learn and put into practice. Over the last decade, thousands of school principals have done that, by implementing “balanced leadership,” an approach that recognizes the need to both maintain and challenge the status quo in order to move schools forward. Building on the analysis that was first reported in School Leadership That Works, the authors of Balanced Leadership identify the 21 responsibilities associated with effective leadership and show how they relate to three overarching responsibilities: * Establishing a clear focus—keeping the work and the conversations targeted on the issues that matter most; * Managing change—understanding how to skillfully steer through the challenges associated with making improvements, both large and small; and * Developing a purposeful community—creating a sense among all teachers and staff that they are invested in student outcomes and that they can make a difference. For each of these areas, key points and specific practices are described in detail and illustrated with stories from school principals who have successfully learned how to become great leaders. Step-by-step tools provide clear guidance for readers who are ready to make the same kind of journey—one with the potential to transform them and the schools they serve.
Linking with Learning and Achievement
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
View: 2395This book examines the nature of successful school leadership: what it is, what it looks like in practice & what are the consequences for schools & pupils.
The New Essential for School Leaders
Author: Kathryn Kee,Karen Anderson,Vicky Dearing,Edna Harris,Frances Shuster
Publisher: Corwin Press
View: 3794Discover how RESULTS coaching can foster continuous growth and improvement in your entire staff! RESULTS coaching is a leadership model based on coaching relationships with staff members to help them grow as professionals. Built upon the International Coach Federation standards and coaching competencies, this resource for “coach-leaders” offers: A navigation system for creative thinking and solution finding Effective communication methods, such as committed listening, powerful paraphrasing, and reflective feedback Testimonials of coach-leaders describing the impact of results coaching Strategies, tools, and questions for conducting open and reflective conversations