Connecting Leadership with Learning

Author: Michael A. Copland
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416617833
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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What kind of leadership makes learning possible for all students? How can school leaders help teachers increase their knowledge and improve their instructional abilities? What actions should leaders take to ensure that learning occurs? In Connecting Leadership with Learning: A Framework for Reflection, Planning, and Action, Michael A. Copland and Michael S. Knapp give educational leaders a new way to answer these questions and find solutions perfect for their particular school environment. Copland and Knapp assert that far too many educational leaders are struggling with outdated curricula, demands that don't align with their school or district goals, and professional meetings that are high on complaints but low on solutions. Instead of prescribing a linear or rigid approach, the authors encourage educators to be attentive and tune into their leadership actions by using the Leading for Learning Framework. The framework provides different vantage points to help leaders reflect on their strengths and weaknesses, plan for improvement, and take actions to foster learning for students, teachers and professionals, and school and district leaders. The Leading for Learning Framework will empower leaders to *Establish a focus on equitable learning *Build professional communities *Engage communities and external partnerships *Act strategically and share leadership *Create coherence in their leadership actions The book includes extended case studies, descriptions of 23 different leadership "pathways," and many examples from schools and districts that show the Leading for Learning Framework in action. There is no magic formula for great school leadership, but Copland and Knapp conclude that magic can happen when leaders reframe their efforts to focus more clearly on learning.

Linking Leadership to Student Learning

Author: Kenneth Leithwood
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118132262
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Linking Leadership to Student Learning Linking Leadership to Student Learning clearly shows howschool leadership improves student achievement. The book is basedon an ambitious five-year study on educational leadership that wassponsored by The Wallace Foundation. The authors studied 43districts, across 9 states and 180 elementary, middle, andsecondary schools. In this book, Kenneth Leithwood, Karen SeashoreLouis, and their colleagues report on what they found. Theyexamined leadership at each organizational level in the schoolsystem—classroom, school, district, community, and state.Their comprehensive approach to investigating school leadershipoffers a balanced understanding of how the structures within whichleaders operate shape what they do. The results within will havesignificant implications for future policy and practice. Praise for Linking Leadership to Student Learning "Kenneth Leithwood and Karen Seashore Louis offer a seminal newcontribution to the leadership field. They provide a rich andauthoritative evidence base that demonstrates clearly just whyschool leadership is so important and how it promotes successfulstudent learning."—Pamela Sammons, Ph.D., Professor ofEducation, Department of Education, University of Oxford,Oxford "This ambitious, groundbreaking, and thought provoking treatmentof the link between school leadership and student learning is atestament to the outstanding work of these exemplary scholars. Thisis a 'must read' for academics and practitionersalike."—Martha McCarthy, President's Professor, LoyolaMarymount University, and Chancellor's Professor Emeritus, IndianaUniversity "The question is no longer whether school and district leader'simpact student learning, but rather how they do it. The authorsprovide a convincing answer, one that recognizes the crucialinteraction between leader and locality."—Daniel L. Duke,Professor of Educational Leadership, University of Virginia

Leading In Sync

Author: Jill Harrison Berg
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416626476
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Teacher leadership holds great promise for improving the quality of teaching and ensuring student success. But for co-performance of leadership among teacher leaders and principals to be effective, they must learn to lead in sync. Leading In Sync: Teacher Leaders and Principals Working Together for Student Learning provides principals, assistant principals, coaches, department leaders, grade-level and content team leaders, mentors, professional development leaders, and in fact all teachers with the strategies and tools needed to *Examine their own thinking about what constitutes high-quality teaching so they can work toward a shared vision. *Identify teachers’ many strengths as potential assets for achieving the shared vision. *Recognize ways in which most teachers are already leading. *Support leadership collaboration through efficient, effective communication. *Develop trust required to learn to lead together. Jill Harrison Berg offers thought-provoking context and reflection questions that enable educators to examine their unique settings; real-world examples of teachers and principals co-performing leadership to improve student success; and dozens of strategies, tools, and templates to facilitate leading in sync. This book includes a link to free downloadable tools.

Learning Focused Leadership in Action

Author: Michael S. Knapp
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134748396
Format: PDF, Kindle
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In an educational context where school and district performance is of increasing focus, it’s essential for leaders at all levels of the educational system to focus on improving student performance. This volume zeros in on a promising set of strategies and practices for all leaders to motivate, support, and sustain learning in contemporary schools. Learning-Focused Leadership in Action explores what it means for educational leadership to be "learning-focused," what this looks like in practice at both the school and district level, and how such leadership changes can be set in motion. Drawing on extensive case study research in schools and districts that are making progress on learning improvement, this volume explores how leaders at all levels of the educational system can productively seek to improve the quality of learning opportunities and student performance, no matter how challenging the circumstances.

Leading Change in Your School

Author: Douglas B. Reeves
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416608087
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Guiding 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."

Teaching and Leading From the Inside Out

Author: Judy F. Carr
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 141292667X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This insightful resource provides vignettes, questions, and practical strategies for implementing individual and schoolwide practices to connect internal beliefs and aspirations to external action.

Creating Capacity for Learning and Equity in Schools

Author: Mary A. Hooper
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317361881
Format: PDF
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Successful educational leaders develop people, processes, culture, and structures in their schools. Creating Capacity for Learning and Equity in Schools provides a comprehensive guide for aspiring and practicing leaders to strengthen their capacity to create high levels of learning and equity. Chapters explore key theories and research, provide resources for developing personal and organizational leadership capacity, and guide leaders through a reflective process to help them link theory and practice. Hooper and Bernhardt’s model for excellence and equity provides a pathway for educators to create and sustain learning communities in schools. Exploring three leadership approaches—Instructional, Adaptive, and Transformational—this textbook prepares and develops leaders to engage school communities through effective instructional leadership, data-informed decision-making, and a vision for learning and equity for all. Special Features: Theory to Practice (T2P) Framework—A series of structured exercises help readers review and reflect on existing organizational practices and develop new action plans. Case Studies—Encourage individual reflection and collective discussion on key leadership scenarios. Examples in Action—Challenge readers to analyze new connections and leadership processes. A companion website—Includes additional resources and tools for instructors to facilitate activities in the classroom.

Innovative Learning for Leadership Development

Author: Julie E. Owen
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1119073359
Format: PDF
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Critically examine the intersections of learning and leadership. Using L. Dee Fink's taxonomy of signicant learning as a scaffold, experts in leadership education explain connections between emerging scholarship of teaching and learning and current trends in leadership, how to develop a more complex understanding of the levers of leadership learning, the environments that promote meaningful and measurable leadership learning, and the evidence behind such a practice. This volume examines: the role of leadership educator, the roles of authenticity (being true to one’s self) and criticality in education (interrogating beliefs and questioning power dynamics), select learning theories and their implications for leadership learning, and strategies for constructing leadership-related learning outcomes and assessing leadership learning. The Jossey-Bass quarterly report series New Directions for Student Leadership explores leadership concepts and pedagogical topics of interest to high school and college leadership educators. Issues are grounded in scholarship and feature practical applications and best practices in youth and adult leadership education.

Learning and Teaching Community Based Research

Author: Catherine Etmanski
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 144269940X
Format: PDF
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Community-Based Research, or CBR, is a mix of innovative, participatory approaches that put the community at the heart of the research process. Learning and Teaching Community-Based Research shows that CBR can also operate as an innovative pedagogical practice, engaging community members, research experts, and students. This collection is an unmatched source of information on the theory and practice of using CBR in a variety of university- and community-based educational settings. Developed at and around the University of Victoria, and with numerous examples of Indigenous-led and Indigenous-focused approaches to CBR, Learning and Teaching Community Based-Research will be of interest to those involved in community outreach, experiential learning, and research in non-university settings, as well as all those interested in the study of teaching and learning.

The Principal Influence

Author: Pete Hall
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 141662144X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Principals navigate the dynamic complexities and subtleties of their schools every day. They promote, facilitate, and lead efforts to achieve both tangible and intangible results throughout the school community. They fulfill a role that includes counseling, budgeting, inspiring, teaching, learning, disciplining, evaluating, celebrating, consoling, and a million other critical functions. As the principalship has evolved and grown, so have the expectations of it. With that in mind, ASCD developed the Principal Leadership Development Framework (PLDF). The PLDF establishes a clear and concise definition of leadership and includes clear targets that support the ongoing growth and development of leaders. Using the Framework, principals will learn to capitalize on their leadership roles: * Principal as Visionary * Principal as Instructional Leader * Principal as Engager * Principal as Learner and Collaborator The PLDF also offers 17 criteria of effective practice that allow leaders to focus on behaviors that have the greatest direct effect on the culture and status of learning and teaching. Coupled with the PLDF are tools for self-reflection that help principals identify and strengthen their reflective habits. Whether you want to develop your own capacities or support the development of a group of principals, assistant principals, or aspiring principals, The Principal Influence can help channel your efforts in ways that promote successful teaching and student learning.