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"The book's style and format allows the busy person to use the tasks easily. The tools can be used in workshops with school staff to provide a clear framework of operation, giving sound reasons for the activities involved and defining the purpose for and the nature of involving of others in the portfolio process."
--Shirley O'Neill, Associate Professor of Education
University of Southern Queensland, Australia

Build a professional community that fosters learning, reflection, and collaboration!

Professional portfolios give educational leaders a structure for sharing knowledge and viewing themselves as learners, collaborators, and facilitators of community learning. Drawing from her experience in working with schools across the country, Mary E. Dietz guides educators in the highly rewarding process of designing and implementing a leadership portfolio.

This practical guide provides a four-part system for leading a professional learning community in developing action plans, advancing goals, and documenting achievements. The second edition has been updated to align with ISLLC standards and includes a rich collection of resources, tools, and templates on a CD-ROM. Educational leaders will learn how to:

  • Link leadership growth to school improvement goals
  • Design a data-based leadership growth plan
  • Foster collaborative efforts among staff members
  • Develop a comprehensive system for continuous individual and schoolwide improvement

Designing the School Leader's Portfolio, Second Edition, helps principals, district administrators, and staff developers build a professional communitythat works and learns together.

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Editorial Reviews

Shirley O'Neill
"The book's style and format allows the busy person to use the tasks easily. The toolscan be used in workshops with school staff to provide a clear framework , giving sound reasons for the activities involved and defining the purpose for and the nature of involving others in the portfolio process."
Steve Hutton
"The theoretical framework behind the development of the portfolio is very powerful, and the organization of the book is great."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412948951
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/11/2007
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Dietz is an international consultant specializing in assisting educators in building capacity to establish and facilitate learning communities. She is also co-founder of Learn City, an educational technology firm offering a web-based solution for designing, implementing, and assessing standards-based instruction, K-12. Her work is focused on coaching educational systems through the design and implementation of school reform efforts. Much of her work with educators has been in the areas of continuous improvement, professional development, coaching, and alternative performance assessments for educators. She established the Portfolio Network for the National Staff Development Council (NSDC), dedicated to promoting the portfolio process for professional learning. She has coached teachers, administrators, school boards, and communities in establishing the relationships necessary for systemic change. Most recently she served as designer and facilitator of an online Knowledge Management System for managing standards-based instruction in California.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Linda Lambert
How to Use This Book
About the Author
1. The Role of the Leadership Performance System in Accelerating Student Achievement
The Role of the Leadership Performance System
The LPS Process
The Benefits of the LPS
The Importance of Leaders as Learners
Getting Ready to Design and Implement Your LPS
LPS Portfolio
2. Establishing a Purpose for the LPS
The First Phase of the LPS
Establishing a Purpose for the LPS
Leadership Standards and Expectations
Defining the LPS Purpose and Function
Defining One's Theory of Action
Summary of LPS Contents
3. Focusing the LPS
The Convergence of Goals and Professional Development
Determining Goals in the LPS
The Focused Leader
Involving School Staff
Determining Performance Benchmarks
Identifying Success Indicators
Establishing a Banner Question
Refining the Banner Question
Summary of LPS Contents
4. The Process and Structures for Collaborations
Establishing Professional Structures for Collaborations
Identifying an LPS Partner
Benefits of Peer Collaboration
Scheduling Roundtable Sessions
Sumamry of LPS Contents
5. Outcomes for Action Planning and Reporting Results
Taking Action
Creating a Professional Performance Plan
Outcomes - Reporting Results
Summary of LPS Contents
6. Technology and the LPS Process
Employing Electronic Support
Appendix A: LPS Resource Matrix
Appendix B: Steps in the LPS Process
Appendix C: Templates of LPS Tools
Appendix D: Sample Completed LPS Tools
Appendix E: Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards for School Leaders

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