Diagnosis and Design for School Improvement

Author: James P. Spillane
Publisher: Teachers College Press
ISBN: 9780807770771
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In this practical resource, The authors maintain that to effect real reform today's educators must understand how leading and managing for instructional improvement gets done in their school and in turn use their diagnoses as the basis for mindful design and redesign.

Introduction to the Principalship

Author: Leslie S. Kaplan
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317806069
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The latest leadership textbook from respected author team Kaplan and Owings explores how principals can effectively build a culture around student achievement. Introduction to the Principalship helps aspiring principals understand how to develop a vision for improvement, make decisions and manage conflict, build teachers’ capacity, communicate, monitor the organization’s performance, and create a school climate of mutual respect. This important book provides readers with various leadership concepts to inform their practice, as well as the cognitive and practical tools to evaluate and prioritize what leadership actions to take. Each chapter offers opportunities for readers to create personal meaning and explore new ways of doing leadership to advance a positive, person-focused environment. Providing both the theoretical framework and skills for effective practice, Introduction to the Principalship addresses the issues most urgent and relevant for educational leadership graduate students learning how to build a school culture that promotes every student’s success. Special Features: • Learning Objectives—chapter openers introduce the topic and initiate student thinking. • Reflections and Relevance —interactive exercises, role plays, class activities, and assignments help readers think about content in personally meaningful ways, facilitate understanding of chapter content, and help transfer leadership thinking to action in their own schools. • ISLLC Standards—each chapter is aligned to the 2015 Interstate School Leadership Licensure Standards. • Companion Website—includes links to supplemental material, additional readings, and PowerPoints for instructors.

Handbook of School Improvement

Author: Joseph Blase
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1412979978
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Capturing insights from 20 successful principals, this illuminating book presents real-world strategies that help school leaders refine their administrative skills and generate dramatic improvements in schoolwide achievement.

Building Leadership Capacity For School Improvement

Author: Harris, Alma
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN: 033521178X
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Offers a perspective on the relationship between leadership and school improvement. This book emphasises the importance of maximising the leadership capabilities of all those within the organization, and provides guidance about the way in which this is achieved. It contains case study illustrations.

Changing for Good

Author: Melissa Evans-Andris
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1412968682
Format: PDF, ePub
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The most beneficial school improvements are the ones that last. This book offers strategies for sustaining improvement by creating a shared vision, distributing leadership, and celebrating gains.

House of Commons Education Committee School partnerships and Cooperation HC 269

Author: Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Education Committee
Publisher: The Stationery Office
ISBN: 9780215063458
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The Government wants schools to take more responsibility for themselves and each other in delivering a true self-improving school system. It wants schools to look not to local authorities for expertise but to each other. We have no problem with that vision and think the wide range of models and structures already in place is a strength and proof of vitality. We support moves to give schools more freedom to innovate but we argue that the creation of a self-improving system needs a degree of coordination and strong incentives to encourage schools to look beyond their own school gate. Otherwise there is a danger that many schools will operate in isolation rather than in cooperation. Academy chains are generally performing well but raise particular questions and need specific solutions. We recommend that it should be made clear how academies can leave chains either with or without mutual consent. We also call for the Department for Education to monitor more effectively the extent to which convertor academies meet the expectation that they should support other schools. The report calls for, amongst other recommendations, that: Ofsted to be given the powers to inspect academy chains and for Government to formalise procedures for schools to leave academy chains by mutual consent, and to set out how an outstanding school can leave a chain against the wishes of the chain management

Teacher led School Improvement

Author: David Frost
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780750708708
Format: PDF, Mobi
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A fresh look at school improvement from the perspective of professional development. Written to aid teachers in taking the initiative in identifying areas in need of improvement and finding ways of making the necessary changes.

The Principal and School Improvement

Author: Amanda Heffernan
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9811314950
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This book investigates the localised effects of reform by exploring the impact of a school improvement policy agenda on the work of three experienced principals. It presents three longitudinal case studies within a shared specific leadership context in Queensland, Australia. The case studies enable an exploration of the way the principalship in this context has evolved over time, providing deep insights into the practices and beliefs of three experienced school leaders working in a period of rapid and urgent systemic reform. The nature of global reform policy borrowing means that the research and the findings within this monograph are relevant for international audiences. The book describes a new way to understand and theorise the effects of reform policies and associated pressures on school leaders. Using post-structural theory, it provides a better understanding of the specific effects of reform policy ensembles, particularly when combined with an analysis of the ways policy and discourse work together at a wider level to create an environment that disciplines the principalship. Further, it sheds lights on the means of complying with or contesting policy influences and how the work of leaders has changed over time.

Leadership for Change and School Reform

Author: Kathryn Riley
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134586701
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School reform is a top priority for governments today. This timely and challenging book, edited by leading international researchers, Kathryn Riley and Karen Seashore Louis, offers a rich comparative perspective on leadership for change and school reform. Contributors form North America, Europe and Australia demonstrate how school leadership is influenced by global pressures, differing national and state contexts and local concerns. They illustrate the limitations of reform initiatives which focus on school leaders tot he exclusion of the many other organisations which affect school, such as national and local governments, professional associations and school communities. This book raises some important questions such as: *How can school leaders create intelligent, thinking schools? *How can leadership and learning be linked together? *What are the characteristics of effective local education authorities and school districts? *What is the role of teacher organisations in educational reform and change? *What happens if businesses, teachers, parents and local communities have different views of what makes a good school? The text illustrates the ways in which leadership is rooted in learning, and identifies new directions for school leadership. It challenges conventional notions of leadership, offering an expanded view, which sees leadership just as an individual role-based function, but as a network of relationships among people, structures and cultures. This lively and provocative book should be read by all those interested in education reform.