"Without question, Reeves indeed provides readers withinsight in evaluating performance for improved individual and organizational results. The book makes a distinct contribution to the field of education."
Rene S. Townsend
"The book is a great contribution on a very critical topic. It provides an excellent guide for developing a system and having important conversations with the leadership team."
Praise for the First Edition: “This book touches on critical aspects of motivating your staff. Standards-based and truthful characteristics are employed to make it even more worthwhile.”
This is precisely what we need to get us to the next level of student success through better leadership.
At a time when school leadership is central to the success of students, Reeves offers a comprehensive means to measure the critical elements of effective school leadership.
Gerald N. Tirozzi
Research studies increasingly support the significant impact that effective leaders have on school performance. A skilled leader is an essential component in successful school reform. This book makes a compelling case for transforming leadership evaluation from perfunctory to a focus on performance, reflection, and results.
Doug Reeves' Assessing Student Leaders is a practical, compelling tour de force. If you ever had doubts (as I confess I did) that assessing leaders could have a powerful influence on school quality, think again. This is one of the most important books I have read in some time.
Assessing Educational Leaders boldly addresses sensitive issues and, more important, provides innovative ideas and solutions.
Assessing Educational Leaders will be a valuable tool for superintendents, school boards, and other school leaders who are interested in taking the next step toward ensuring high performance for all students, all schools, and entire systems.
Anne L. Bryant
Assessing Educational Leaders provides a fresh, new approach that can help those responsible for assuring high quality schools. The evaluation model presented does more than ‘weigh and measure.’ It provides a framework for true leadership development.
Douglas B.Reeves is the founder of The Leadership and Learning Center. He has worked with education, business, nonprofit, and government organizations throughout the world. The author of more than 20 books and many articles on leadership and organizational effectiveness, he has twice been named to the Harvard University Distinguished Authors Series. Dr. Reeves was named the Brock International Laureate for his contributions to education. He also received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Parents Choice Award for his writing for children and parents.
About the Author
1. Why Leadership Evaluation Is Broken
The Knowing-Doing Gap
Progress in Leadership Evaluation
Ambiguous Leadership Standards
Incoherent Leadership Evaluations
A Better Way: Multidimensional Leadership Assessment
2. Reframing Leadership Evaluation
A New Vision of Educational Accountability
Criteria for Multidimensional Leadership Assessment (MLA)
Implications of a New Vision for Leadership Evaluation
3. Moving Beyond One-Dimensional Leadership Evaluation
The Prevalence of One-Dimensional Evaluation
Leadership Is More Than Test Scores
Leadership Is More Than Popularity
Leadership Is More Than Obedience
4. Creating an Improved Leadership Evaluation System
Domains of Leadership Performance
Leadership Performance Standards
Multidimensional Leadership Assessment
5. Using Evaluation to Improve Performance
The Capacity-Building Continuum
The Challenge Continuum
The Coaching Continuum
The Counseling Continuum
Defining Performance: The Key to Using the Continua
6. Developing a Multidimensional Leadership Assessment System
Leadership Assessment as a Research Goldmine
Organizational Goals, Values, Priorities
The Performance Continuum
Qualitative Information: The Lens for Understanding Quantitative Data
Reflection and Self-Regulation
7. Building the Next Generation of Educational Leaders
The Leadership Development Imperative
Prototype for a Leadership Development System
Authentic Assessment for Future Leaders
8. Leading Leaders
The Coaching Conundrum: Results of Antecedents?
Inquiry and Hypothesis Testing
Applying MLA Throughout the Organization
9. Improving Leadership Evaluation With Multidimensional Leadership Assessment
Analyze the Present Evaluation System
Create Dimensions of Leadership
Specify Performance Levels
Field Test the Instrument at Multiple Levels
Implement Throughout the Organization
Share Results With Universities and Research Institutions
Use MLA for Training, Recruiting, and Developing Leaders
Conclusion: Finding Answers Inside
10. Hallmarks of Excellence
11. Leadership Responsibilities for Planning, Implementation, and Monitoring
Resource A: The Leadership Performance Matrix
Resource B: National Leadership Survey Results
Resource C: Leadership Evaluation Survey
Resource D: The Gap Between What Leaders Know and What They Do
Resource E: Principal Evaluation Rubrics
Resource F: Leadership Professional Growth Matrix