Learning-Focused Leadership in Action: Improving Instruction in Schools and Districts

Learning-Focused Leadership in Action: Improving Instruction in Schools and Districts

by Michael S. Knapp, Meredith I. Honig, Margaret L. Plecki, Bradley S. Portin
     
 

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In an educational context where school and district performance is of increasing focus, it’s essential for leaders at all levels of the educational system to focus on improving student performance. This volume zeros in on a promising set of strategies and practices for all leaders to motivate, support, and sustain learning in contemporary schools. Learning

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In an educational context where school and district performance is of increasing focus, it’s essential for leaders at all levels of the educational system to focus on improving student performance. This volume zeros in on a promising set of strategies and practices for all leaders to motivate, support, and sustain learning in contemporary schools. Learning-Focused Leadership in Action explores what it means for educational leadership to be "learning-focused," what this looks like in practice at both the school and district level, and how such leadership changes can be set in motion. Drawing on extensive case study research in schools and districts that are making progress on learning improvement, this volume explores how leaders at all levels of the educational system can productively seek to improve the quality of learning opportunities and student performance, no matter how challenging the circumstances.

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"Re-purposing the nature of learning, re-visiting the slippery nature of language, re-imagining the character of leadership, while recognizing the collective resource: With conviction and commitment to these four key principles, school leaders can create space for the core work of the school. Elaborating on these themes with exemplification of cutting-edge practice, Knapp and colleagues provide a persuasive and powerful narrative of the possible."

—John MacBeath, Emeritus Professor, University of Cambridge

"This book neatly bridges the chasm between ‘how to do it’ approaches to school reform and abstract leadership strategies. The authors provide richly detailed evidence about practices that shift every teacher, administrator, support professional, and district staff member’s work to focus on what matters: student learning. It is as close to a manual for improving quality and equity in schools as anything available today."

—Karen Seashore Louis, Regents Professor and Robert H. Beck Chair, University of Minnesota

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415716239
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/31/2014
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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