The Learning Leader: How to Focus School Improvement for Better Results

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Overview

"We can’t do that in our school district."
"I don’t have time to add that to my curriculum."
"We’re fighting against impossible odds with these students."

Effective school leadership does not have to be a losing battle. In The Learning Leader: How to Focus School Improvement for Better Results, Douglas B. Reeves helps leadership teams go beyond excuses to capitalize on their strengths and reduce their weaknesses. He introduces the Leadership for Learning Framework, which challenges readers to consider that student achievement is more than a set of test scores. Reeves asserts that when leaders focus exclusively on results, they fail to measure and understand the importance of their own actions. Instead, he encourages leaders to use the Leadership for Learning Framework to look deeper into their results. The framework helps leaders distinguish between "Lucky" educators, who achieve high results but don’t understand their actions, and "Leading" educators, who achieve high results and understand how their actions influence their success.

From conducting strategic planning to evaluating projects to organizing leadership teams, The Learning Leader will help leaders reconceptualize their leadership role and motivate their colleagues. Reeves urges teachers and administrators to become more efficient and focused leaders, but most important, he charges them to be better educators for their students.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416603320
  • Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Pages: 221
  • Sales rank: 360,560
  • Product dimensions: 8.98 (w) x 5.94 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Learning Leader
Introduction: What The Learning Leader Will Do For You
1. The Results Paradox
2. Challenging Leadership Myths: Hope for the Exhausted Leader
3. Architectural Leadership: Why You Cannot Do It Alone
4. The Dimensions of Leadership
5. What Matters Most: From Planning to Performance
6. Transforming Research into Action
7. Leadership and Effective Feedback: The Dilemmas of Grading
8. Using Leadership Maps to Improve Your School
9. Putting It All Together: The Five Essential Transformations of the Learning Leader
Appendix A: Planning, Implementation, and Monitoring (PIM) School Improvement Audit and Scoring Guide
Appendix B: Creating Your Leadership Map
Appendix C: Guidelines for Data Walls or The Science Fair for Grownups
Appendix D: Daily Prioritized Task List & Project Task Analysis
References
Acknowledgments
Index
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