Socio Cultural Leadership

Author: Desmond Blackburn
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595528260
Format: PDF, ePub
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While many factors influence the success rate of schools, none are more influential than the impact of effective local school leadership by way of a principal. Socio-Cultural Leadership suggests many aspects that impact effective school leadership; however none are more substantial than the following tenets of Socio-Cultural Leadership: As the instructional leader, the principal must supervise and evaluate instruction to make sure that students are given optimal learning opportunities. As the emotional leader, the principal must ensure that teachers are intellectually equipped, emotionally stimulated, and encouraged to assume decision-making positions of leadership in schools to increase student achievement. As a community leader, the principal must inspire and/or provide incentives for student-centered communal learning. As the facilitator of culture, the principal must also realize the limitations of leadership on student achievement and begin to shape and reshape school culture. Socio-Cultural Leadership is the result of a four-year-long immersion into school improvement efforts from around the world, not to mention my own experiences as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, district trainer, director of school improvement, and adjunct professor.

STEM Leadership

Author: Traci Buckner
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416620923
Format: PDF, ePub
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This practical, hands-on guide shows K-12 school leaders how to support STEM programs that excite students and teachers—even if the leader is not an expert in science, technology, engineering, or math. Buckner and Boyd explore ideas for fostering equitable access to rich and rigorous learning experiences, acting as instructional leaders, and building community engagement and partnerships. You’ll get advice on creating a structure to help teachers examine, discuss, and improve students' learning experiences. And you’ll learn how to support teachers in designing challenging lessons that foster students' curiosity and ingenuity in working on real-world problems. Finally, you’ll learn ways you can effectively tap into the wealth of resources in your community to help achieve your STEM vision.

Building Strong School Cultures

Author: Sharon D. Kruse
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 145229478X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Develop an integrated school culture that engages educators with their colleagues and communities! This resource calls on principals to create a viable, sustainable school culture using the professional community, organizational learning, and trust to affect teaching and learning. Part of the Leadership for Learning series, this volume presents a leadership approach that integrates teachers, parents, and community members into a coherent team. The authors examine schools that have achieved lasting cultural change and present practical strategies for: Diagnosing and shaping a school culture Revising leadership functions to broaden decision-making processes Rethinking organizational structures Supporting continuous improvement while ensuring stability