Leading Adult Learning: Supporting Adult Development in Our Schools

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This learning-oriented model of school leadership details four Pillar Practices for helping adults grow throughout their careers: teaming, providing leadership roles, collegial inquiry, and mentoring.

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Editorial Reviews

Howard Gardner
“With this comprehensive and compelling book, Eleanor Drago-Severson establishes herself as a leading expert on authoritative leadership in education.”
The School Administrator Magazine
"As complete a primer for leading adult learning as can be found in print today. Each chapter includes cases and lessons from the field and reflective questions. Eleanor Drago-Severson combines research and practice to create an essential handbook for leaders of adults."
Robert Kegan
“Eleanor Drago-Severson takes hold of an important and neglected truth: students grow best in schools where the adults around them are growing, too. In this nurturing and much-anticipated work, the author shows us exactly how to make this happen. Sound theory, vivid examples, and a practice-ready framework—it’s all here! Anyone who cares about making our schools better will feel richly rewarded for spending time with this encouraging book.”
Susan Moore Johnson
"There is no greater opportunity for improving public education than to make schools places where adults learn and lead together. In her rich and engaging book, Drago-Severson explores the challenge of this important work and shows us how success is both possible and deeply rewarding."
Laurent A. Parks Daloz
"Building on the 'pillar practices' of her earlier work and animated with stories, exercises, and illustrations, this book offers both lucid explication of the powerful insights of constructive developmental theory and intensely practical partnership in how to put it all to work on Monday morning. In these hard times, this is a welcome and hopeful blueprint for the reanimation of our schools and the transformation of our communities."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412950725
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/22/2009
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 680,824
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Eleanor (Ellie) Drago-Severson is an associate professor of education in the department of organization and leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to her research into adult learning and leadership, she was a teacher, administrator, and staff developer in K-12 schools in New York, Florida, and Massachusetts. Drago-Severson teaches, conducts research, and consults with teachers, principals, and other educational leaders. Her work is inspired by the idea that schools must be places where adults as well as children can grow.

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Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgments About the Author Part 1. Foundations
1. A New Model of Leadership for Adult Growth and Learning In This Chapter Meeting Adaptive Challenges The Need for a New Model of Leadership Supporting Learning Across the System Re-envisioning Staff Development The Research Informing This Book A New Learning-Oriented Model of School Leadership Organization of the Book Summary and Conclusion Reflective Questions
2. How Constructive-Developmental Theory Informs the Pillar Practices Why Constructive-Developmental Theory?
Informational Learning vs Transformational Learning Constructive-Developmental Theory: An Introduction Why Ways of Knowing Matter When Supporting Adult Growth Shaping School Cultures: Noble Expectations and Hidden Developmental Demands The Holding Environment and Why It Matters in Schools The Learning-Oriented Leadership Model Chapter Summary Frequently Asked Questions Application Exercise Reflective Questions Part 2. Pillar Practices for Growth
3. Teaming: Growth Opportunities for Individuals, Organizations, and Systems About Effective Teaming and Its Value Key Elements of Successful Teaming The Team as a Source of Individual Growth and Development Why and How School Leaders Employ Teaming Team Structures That Nurture Adult Development Implementing Teaming: Lessons From the Field Chapter Summary Frequently Asked Questions Application Exercise Reflective Questions
4. Providing Leadership Roles: Learning and Growing From Leading Together About Providing Leadership Roles Developmental Benefits of Providing Leadership Roles Examples of School Leaders? Use of Providing Leadership Roles Cases and Lessons From the Field Chapter Summary Reflective Questions
5. Collegial Inquiry: Engaging in Shared Dialogue and Reflection on Practice Collegial Inquiry: A Kind of Reflective Practice Collaborative Cultures How Collegial Inquiry Attends to Developmental Diversity Why and How School Leaders Employ Collegial Inquiry Practices School Leaders Use to Initiate Collegial Inquiry Case Study: One Principal?s ?Rare and Unique Opportunity? to Engage in Reflective Practice Over Time Convenings: Personal Case-Based Discussions That Support Collegial Inquiry Chapter Summary Application Exercises Reflective Questions
6. Mentoring: Building Meaningful and Growth-Enhancing Relationships About Effective Mentoring and Its Value Mentoring and Developmental Diversity Implications: How Our Way of Knowing Influences the Way We Mentor Why and How School Leaders Employ Mentoring An Example of a Mentoring Program: Lessons From the Field A Protocol for Mentoring Relationships That Nurture Adult Development Chapter Summary Application Exercise Reflective Questions
7. Implementing the Pillar Practices: Cases From the Field Case 1: Mentoring Principals and Assistant Principals Case 2: Coaching School Leaders Case 3: Leading Teachers by Listening Case 4: Supporting Adult Development Through Schoolwide Transformation Case 5: The Pillar Practices, Hawaiian Style Chapter Summary Application Exercise Reflective Questions
8. The School as Learning Center: Stepping Forward With Hope Meeting Adaptive Challenges by Building Developmental Capacity The Promise of Building Schools as Learning Centers Implications of the New Learning-Oriented Leadership Model Attending to and Valuing Adults? Ways of Knowing Putting the New Learning-Oriented Model Into Practice Stepping Forward On the Gift of Giving Research Appendix Glossary Endnotes References Index

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