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In his new book, author and international keynoter Douglas Reeves addresses a major challenge faced by today’s school leaders: an ever-growing load of programs and initiatives. Reeves contends that program overload not only taxes leadership resources, but actually hurts rather than improves student performance. Drawing on recent research findings, this book shows how leaders can pare down from a proliferation of initiatives to determine what is truly most important based on their local concerns, challenges, populations, and other school factors.
Identifying a specific set of leadership practices that are more strongly associated with improvements in student achievement, Reeves provides explicit guidelines for how school leaders can improve their most critical leadership decisions by simultaneously engaging in three essential strategies: monitoring teaching and leadership practices, building high degrees of efficacy among staff members, and focusing on a smaller number of priorities.Finding Your Leadership Focusis essential reading for new and veteran principals, teacher leaders, and PLC book study groups.
- Practical guidance to help school leaders at every level to focus on what is most important and to assess their progress.
- Analysis correlating three years of student achievement data and specific school leadership practices.
- Online video conference support by Douglas Reeves for book study groups and graduate classes who use this book.
- Online downloads.
Douglas B. Reevesis the founder of The Leadership and Learning Center, Englewood, Colorado. He was named the Brock International Laureate for his contributions to education and received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
“Finding Your Leadership Focuscould not have arrived at a more timely moment in the history of reform.... Doug Reeves’ conclusions and agenda for action are exactly what is needed.”
—From the Foreword byMichael Fullan, professor emeritus, University of Toronto
“If schools and districts model their improvement efforts on Doug Reeves’ sage advice, voluminous strategic plans will be scrapped, trees will be saved, educators will avoid the Law of Initiative Fatigue, and most importantly, students will learn at higher levels.”
—Richard DuFour, educational author and consultant
“This book is a masterful combination of research and practice, and Doug Reeves is one of the few people in the country who could have written it. He has added much-needed clarity to the process of leading in a way that directly results in enhanced student achievement.”
—Robert J. Marzano, CEO, Marzano Research Laboratory
|Publisher:||Teachers College Press|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
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Table of Contents
Foreword Michael Fullan vii
1 The Law of Initiative Fatigue: Why Leadership Focus Matters 1
The Costs and Benefits of Focus 3
The Illogical Imperative: Do It All and Do It Now 4
Forces Against Focus: Politics, Bureaucracy, and Culture 7
The Good News: Change Is Possible 10
2 The Research 12
How the Research Was Conducted 14
Experimental Versus Quasi-Experimental Research 15
Multivariate Versus Two-Variable Analysis 17
The Standard of Evidence in Educational Research 19
Weighing Risks 22
3 The Essential Cluster of Leadership Practices 24
Competing Demands on Leadership Attention 24
Clusters of Effective Leadership Practices 26
Focus, Monitoring, and Efficacy: The Combined Impact on Performance and Morale 31
4 From Theory to Real-World Impact 33
Impact on Student Achievement 33
Leadership Practices Defined 36
Lead Like a Lifeguard 42
5 Weeding the Garden 43
Diversionary Weeds 44
Toxic Weeds 46
Unsustainable Programmatic Weeds 47
Eradicating Weeds 48
6 Focus at the System Level 51
Two Essential Questions 52
Toward Multidimensional Perspectives of Leadership 56
Beyond Efficiency and Effectiveness: The Power of the Greater Good 59
From the Pyramid to the Diamond 61
7 Focus at the School Level 65
Essential Questions Revisited 65
Individual Students 71
Teaching Quality 73
8 How Leaders Can Help Classroom Teachers to Focus, Save Time, and Improve Achievement 76
Too Many Standards, Too Little Time 77
9 Assessing and Sustaining Your Leadership Focus 92
The Leadership Focus Assessment 93
Scoring Your Leadership Focus Assessment 96
Sustaining Leadership Focus 97
Appendix A The Research in Depth 101
Appendix B PIM™ (Planning, Implementation, and Monitoring) School Improvement Audit 127
Appendix C Galileo's Dilemma 136
Appendix D Guidelines for Data Walls, or "The Science Fair for Grownups" 140
Appendix E Science Fair Reflections: "The Treasure Hunt" 143
About the Author 158