Collaborative Leadership: Six Influences That Matter Most

Collaborative Leadership: Six Influences That Matter Most

by Peter M. DeWitt

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Collaborative Leadership: Six Influences That Matter Most by Peter M. DeWitt

Get the fuel you need to drive collaborative leadership in your school!

What type of leadership do you practice? Many of us rely on transformational and instructional leadership. But there are advantages in applying a holistic angle including all stakeholders—an approach known as collaborative leadership. Peter DeWitt unpacks six factors framed through John Hattie’s research while painting a powerful scheme: meet stakeholders where they are, motivate stakeholders to strive for improvement, model how to do it. The blueprint will inspire you to:

  • Transform your leadership practice
  • Identify where you can make changes
  • Build and empower your team
  • Incorporate all stakeholders into the conversation

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506337111
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 09/28/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 156,768
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Peter DeWitt (Ed.D) is a former K-5 teacher (11 years) and principal (8 years). He runs workshops and provides keynotes nationally and internationally focusing on collaborative leadership, and fostering inclusive school climates. Within North America, his work has been adopted at the university and state level, and he works with numerous districts, school boards, regional and state organizations where he trains leadership teams and coaches building leaders.

Additionally, Peter is a Visible Learning Trainer for John Hattie, and was an Instructional Coach for Jim Knight for several years. He is the Series Editor for the Connected Educator Series (Corwin Press) and the Impact Series (Corwin Press) that include books by Viviane Robinson, Pasi Sahlberg, Yong Zhao and Michael Fullan.

His Finding Common Ground blog ( has been published by Education Week since 2011. He is the 2013 School Administrators Association of New York State's (SAANYS) Outstanding Educator of the Year, and the 2015 Education Blogger of the Year (Academy of Education Arts & Sciences).

Peter is the author of several books including Collaborative Leadership: 6 Influences That Matter Most (Corwin Press/Learning Forward) and School Climate: Leading with Collective Efficacy (Corwin Press/Ontario Principals Council. 2017) and Coach It Forward: Using the Art of Coaching to Improve Leadership (Corwin Press. 2018).

His articles have appeared in education journals at the state, national and international level, and he has presented at forums, conferences, and panel discussions at state, national and international conferences. Some of the highlights has been to present for the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), ASCD and NBC's Education Nation.

Table of Contents

Collaborative Leadership
What You Will Find in This Book
Why This Book?
About the Author
Chapter 1: What Do You Want to Be to Leadership?
What If You Could Be the Kind of Principal You Want to Be?
Motivating People to Be Their Best Every Day
What Is Collaborative Leadership?
Meet, Model, & Motivate
10 Critical Issues Facing Education
School Story—Many Hands Make Light Work
Meet, Model, & Motivate
Discussion Questions
Chapter 2: Instructional Leadership (.42)
What Do Instructional Leaders Do?
Collaborative Leadership: A Positive Effect on Learning
The Politics That Distract Us From Making Learning the Main Priority
Meet, Model, & Motivate
Flipping Our Focus to Learning
Student-Centered Leadership
Meet, Model, & Motivate
Discussion Questions
Chapter 3: Collective Teacher Efficacy (1.57)
To Be Effective, Teachers Need to Be Motivated
School Climate: The Plate Everything Lies On
Meet, Model, & Motivate
Enhance Communication to Promote Teacher Efficacy
Risk-Taking and Rule-Following: Finding the Balance
Within-School Variability
Fostering Teacher Voice to Increase Collaboration
Collective Teacher Efficacy
School Story—Teachers Need to Have a Voice, Too!
Meet, Model, & Motivate
Discussion Questions
Chapter 4: Assessment-Capable Learners (1.44)
Assessment-Capable Learners
Student Voice Needs to Come First
Inspiring Assessment-Capable Learning
Be More Than Visible
A Collaborative Leadership Mindframe
We Need Evidence to Collaborate Effectively
Meet, Model, & Motivate
Discussion Questions
Chapter 5: Professional Development (.51)
What Does Good Professional Development Look Like?
Flipped Faculty Meetings
Collaborative Leaders Debate, Dissect, and Discuss
The Core Business of Learning
School Story—Using Research to Engage All Stakeholders
Meet, Model, & Motivate
Discussion Questions
Chapter 6: Feedback (.75)
Feedback Is Complicated
Feedback to Move Learning Forward
One to Grow On
The Multiple Avenues of Effective Feedback
Teacher Observations: The Collaborative Approach
School Story—A New Collaboration
Meet, Model, & Motivate
Discussion Questions
Chapter 7: Family Engagement (.49)
Nurturing Family Engagement
Why Family Engagement Is Difficult
How We Communicate With Parents
Flipping Family Communications
The Partnership Approach
Branding Your School
School Story—Engaging Families at the High School Level
Meet, Model, & Motivate
Discussion Questions
Chapter 8—What Are Your Next Steps?
The Place to Start—Strengths
The Implementation Dip
Moving Forward by Discovering Your PLN
Don’t Negotiate or Regulate as Much as You Collaborate
Discussion Questions
Afterword—Russ Quaglia

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