Leverage Leadership: A Practical Guide to Building Exceptional Schoolsby Paul Bambrick-Santoyo
Paul Bambrick-Santoyo (Managing Director of Uncommon Schools) shows leaders how they can raise their schools to greatness by following a core set of principles. These seven principles, or "levers," allow for consistent, transformational, and replicable growth. With intentional focus on these areas, leaders will leverage much more learning from the same amount of… See more details below
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Paul Bambrick-Santoyo (Managing Director of Uncommon Schools) shows leaders how they can raise their schools to greatness by following a core set of principles. These seven principles, or "levers," allow for consistent, transformational, and replicable growth. With intentional focus on these areas, leaders will leverage much more learning from the same amount of time investment. Fundamentally, each of these seven levers answers the core questions of school leadership: What should an effective leader do, and how and when should they do it.
Aimed at all levels of school leadership, the book is for any principal, superintendent, or educator who wants to be a transformational leader. The book includes 30 video clips of top-tier leaders in action. These videos bring great schools to you, and support a deeper understanding of both the components of success and how it looks as a whole. There are also many helpful rubrics, extensive professional development tools, calendars, and templates.
- Explores the core principles of effective leadership
- Author's charter school, North Star Academy in Newark, New Jersey, received the highest possible award given by the U.S. Department of Education; the National Blue Ribbon
Print version includes an instructive DVD with 30 video clips to show how it looks in real life. E-book customers: please note that details on how to access the content from the DVD may be found in the e-book Table of Contents. Please see the section: "How to Access DVD Contents"
Bambrick-Santoyo has trained more than 1,800 school leaders nationwide in his work at Uncommon Schools and is a recognized expert on transforming schools to achieve extraordinary results.
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Santoyo hit a home run with this very practical approach. As the world of education continues to change, Principals can latch on to the strategies in this book and begin to create real change. Student achievement will be a natural flow if these levers are put in place. A much needed tool for administrators!
There may be dozens of ways to run a good school, but perhaps only one way to run a truly excellent school--and this book has it. If I'd have gotten my hands on it years earlier, I would have created a better school environment and wasted far less energy doing it. Bambrick-Santoyo speaks directly to the school leader perspective, eschewing rumination in favor of action, concretely resolving dilemmas with clear tasks and systems that have proven results. Just when you're wondering how something looks, PB-S tells you; just when you wish you had a copy of a given rubric, you learn it's contained on the accompanying DVD. We're even taught how to redo our weekly schedules to accommodate these new practices. New to training leaders myself, I've found one of my major challenges to be the trimming of fat from the hazy, often unsupported, theories of school and teacher development, in order to dig out the concrete procedures that produce results quickly and at minimal expense to the overwhelming energies required of the leader each day. Leverage Leadership has done this work already. It will now be our primary guide for training in our network.
teaching to the test bible!