Assessing Educational Leaders: Evaluating Performance for Improved Individual and Organizational Results

Overview

"This is precisely what we need to get us to the next level of student success through better leadership."
--Terry Thompson, Superintendent
Wayne Township, Indianapolis, IN


"At a time when school leadership is central to the success of ...

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Overview

"This is precisely what we need to get us to the next level of student success through better leadership."
--Terry Thompson, Superintendent
Wayne Township, Indianapolis, IN


"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."
--Vincent Ferrandino, Executive Director
National Association of Elementary School Principals 

"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."
--Gerald N. Tirozzi, Executive Director
National Association of Secondary School Principals

"Reeves' book is not just another book on school leadership, but a blueprint for developing leaders."
--The School Administrator, December 2004

Improve teaching, learning, and leadership at every level by using a new process of leadership evaluation!

Drawing on current research, theory, and best practices of leadership, organizational performance, and personnel evaluation, this book contains the information and tools necessary to successfully evaluate all types of educational leaders and improve individual and organizational performance. Author of 17 books and numerous articles, national expert on topics of educational leadership and accountability Douglas B.Reeves provides a blueprint for creating a leader evaluation system that is fair and consistent.

Based on 10 Dimensions of Leadership, Reeves provides a scoring rubric that allows leaders, boards, and leadership trainees to compare performance that is exemplary, proficient, and progressing with performance that does not meet today's standards. Whether your school system already has a leadership evaluation system in place or you are just starting to create one, this book will improve the way you evaluate and develop educational leaders.

Three critical conclusions at the heart of the book are:

  • Leadership has a dramatic impact on student achievement, equity, and staff morale
  • Leadership effectiveness includes both personal predispositions and acquired knowledge skills
The purpose of leadership evaluation is to improve personal and organizational performance, not merely to render an evaluation Assessing Educational Leaders demonstrates the need for a new form of leadership evaluation for all leaders in the field of education and offers a new model of leadership evaluation.

When properly implemented, a leadership evaluation system provides invaluable resources for identifying and developing future leadership talent. It paints the picture of organizational strengths and challenges that will improve teaching, learning, and leadership at every level in the educational system.
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Editorial Reviews

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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.”
Terry Thompson
This is precisely what we need to get us to the next level of student success through better leadership.
Vincent Ferrandino
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.
Mike Schmoker
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.
William Harbermehl
Assessing Educational Leaders boldly addresses sensitive issues and, more important, provides innovative ideas and solutions.
Chris Wright
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.
Kenneth M. Arndt
"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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761938002
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/21/2003
  • Series: 1-Off Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.48 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

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.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgments
About the Author
1 Why Leadership Evaluation Is Broken 1
2 Reframing Leadership Evaluation 11
3 Moving Beyond One-Dimensional Leadership Evaluation 27
4 Creating an Improved Leadership Evaluation System 37
5 Using Evaluation to Improve Performance 57
6 Developing a Multidimensional Leadership Assessment System 67
7 Building the Next Generation of Educational Leaders 81
8 Leading Leaders 89
9 Improving Leadership Evaluation With Multidimensional Leadership Assessment 95
Resource A The Leadership Performance Matrix 105
Resource B National Leadership Survey Results 129
Resource C Leadership Evaluation Survey 143
Resource D The Gap Between What Leaders Know and What They Do 147
References 159
Index 161
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