Seven Steps to Effective Instructional Leadership

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Make a substantive impact on the lives of your students and your staff. This practical, hands-on guide can help you become more effective as an instructional leader. Here are research-backed activities to help you: establish and implement your instructional goals; be there for your staff; create a learning-oriented school culture and climate; communicate your school's vision and mission to staff and students; set high expectations for your staff; develop teacher leaders; and maintain a positive attitude toward ...
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Overview

Make a substantive impact on the lives of your students and your staff. This practical, hands-on guide can help you become more effective as an instructional leader. Here are research-backed activities to help you: establish and implement your instructional goals; be there for your staff; create a learning-oriented school culture and climate; communicate your school's vision and mission to staff and students; set high expectations for your staff; develop teacher leaders; and maintain a positive attitude toward students, staff, and parents. Integrate these seven steps into your daily behavior. Chapters on each step include discussion and advice from instructional leaders, research data, and practical suggestions you can use right now in your own school.
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Elaine K. Mc Ewan is an educational consultant with The Mc Ewan-Adkins Group, offering professional development for educators to assist them in meeting the challenges of literacy learning in Grades Pre K-6. A former teacher, librarian, principal, and assistant superintendent for instruction in several suburban Chicago school districts, Elaine is the award-winning and best-selling author of more than three dozen books for educators. Her Corwin Press titles include Raising Reading Achievement in Middle and High Schools: Five Simple-to-Follow Strategies for Principals, Second Edition (2006), Seven Strategies of Highly Effective Readers: Using Cognitive Research to Boost K-8 Achievement (2004), Ten Traits of Highly Effective Principals: From Good to Great Performance (2003), Making Sense of Research: What’s Good, What’s Not, and How to Tell the Difference (2003), Seven Steps to Effective Instructional Leadership, Second Edition (2003), Teach Them ALL to Read: Catching the Kids Who Fall through the Cracks (2002), and Ten Traits of Highly Effective Teachers: How to Hire, Mentor, and Coach Successful Teachers (2001).

Mc Ewan was honored by the Illinois Principals Association as an outstanding instructional leader, by the Illinois State Board of Education with an Award of Excellence in the Those Who Excel Program, and by the National Association of Elementary School Principals as the National Distinguished Principal from Illinois for 1991. She received her undergraduate degree in education from Wheaton College and advanced degrees in library science (MA) and educational administration (Ed D) from Northern Illinois University.

Mc Ewan lives with her husband and business partner, E. Raymond Adkins, in Oro Valley, Arizona. Between them, Elaine and Ray have five children, fifteen grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

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Table of Contents

Preface
About the Author
Introduction 1
1 Step One: Establish, Implement, and Achieve Academic Standards 19
2 Step Two: Be an Instructional Resource for Your Staff 33
3 Step Three: Create a School Culture and Climate Conducive to Learning 45
4 Step Four: Communicate the Vision and Mission of Your School 67
5 Step Five: Set High Expectations for Your Staff and Yourself 83
6 Step Six: Develop Teacher Leaders 101
7 Step Seven: Establish and Maintain Positive Relationships with Students, Staff, and Parents 117
Conclusion 133
Resource A Instructional Leadership Checklist 141
Resource B Instructional Leadership Checklist Response Form 177
Resource C ElizaBeth McCay's Assignment 181
References 185
Index 192
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