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Combine this research-based, collaborative framework with four critical dimensions of leadership to advance equity and excellence in student learning and close student achievement gaps in your school.
The book is based on contemporary leadership research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The opening sentence struck an immediate chord: “Diversity is the greatest strength of public schools, and their greatest challenge”. (p. xi) That’s where we are at. Other points of engagement were: the moral imperative for Learning First, addressing the achievement gaps, and the resource gaps, which are often overlooked.
The conceptual framework of Learning First in visual form looks like many other concentric-circle models. The elements are what makes it different: socio-cognitive leadership, the dimensions of leadership for learning, and levers of change (shown in Figure 2.1). This framework is repeated throughout the book, showing how the parts are integrated.
This book, beside generating strategies that can be transferred across education systems, is focused and practical. This is higher-level leadership coaching that is very applicable in a variety of school situations.
Because the book is fulfilling an immediate need for my school community, I would give it 6 stars (out of five), if I could.
Table of Cases
Table of Tools
Part I. Introduction
1. The Case for Learning First
2. The Road Map for Learning First
Part II. Socio-Cognitive Leadership
3. Setting Direction and Building Commitment
4. Evidence-Based Plan, Value-Added Results, and Reflection for Continuous Improvements
Part III. The Dimensions of Leadership for Learning
5. Advancing Equity and Excellence in Student Learning
6. Developing Teacher Capacity
7. Managing and Aligning Resources
8. Engaging Community
Part IV. Levers of Change
9. The Principal's Role
10. The District Role
Resource A. Socio-Cognitive Leadership Rubrics
Resource B. Socio-Cognitive Leadership Friendly Observer Site Visit Protocol