Leverage Leadership : A Practical Guide to Building Exceptional Schools

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 6/26/2012
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass

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Examines seven principles at the core of effective leadership 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 books companion DVD 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 Authors 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 Includes an instructive DVD with 30 video clips to show how it looks in real life 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.

Author Biography

Paul Bambrick-Santoyo is the managing director of the award-winning North Star Academies in Newark, New Jersey. He has trained thousands of school leaders nationwide in his work at Uncommon Schools and as a faculty member for New Leaders. He is also the author of Driven by Data: A Practical Guide to Improve Instruction.

Table of Contents

DVD Contentsp. ix
DVD Video Contentsp. xvii
Forewordp. xxi
Acknowledgmentsp. xxv
About the Authorsp. xxvii
Introductionp. 1
Instructionp. 19
Data-Driven Instructionp. 21
The Model
Assessment: The Roadmap to Rigor
Analysis: Test in Hand, Face to Face
Action: Walking the Walk
Systems: Lock In Success
Turnaround: What to Do First
Conclusion: The Right Map to Follow
Observation and Feedbackp. 59
The Traditional Model: Observation Adrift
Schedule Observation and Feedback
Identify Key Action Steps
Effective Feedback
When Feedback Isn't Working: Strategies for Struggling Teachers
Accountability: Tools for Keeping Track of It All
Turnaround: What to Do First
Conclusion: Coaching Teachers Toward Greatness
Planningp. 109
Pitfalls of Planning
Yearly Curriculum Planning: Teaching the Right Content
Weekly and Daily Lesson Planning: Ensuring Accountability
Turnaround: What to Do First
Conclusion: Planning Makes Perfect
Professional Developmentp. 129
What to Teach: Follow the Data
How to Teach: Living the Learning
Avoiding Common Pitfalls of Poor PD
How to Make It Stick: Accountability
Turnaround: What to Do First
Conclusion: Beyond the Conference Room
Culturep. 161
Student Culturep. 163
From Vision to System
Practice: Moving from Aspiration to Mastery
Maintain and Model: Keeping Culture on Track
Evaluating Student Culture
Turnaround: Fixing a Broken Culture
Conclusion: Small Details, Big Results
Staff Culturep. 189
Five Strategies for a Successful Staff Culture
Month-to-Month Excellence
Turnaround: From Crisis to Cohesion
Conclusion: Getting to "Teamlyness"
Managing School Leadership Teamsp. 221
Choosing Leaders
Training Your Team
Leveraging Leadership Team Meetings: Iron Sharpens Iron
Evaluate What Matters Most
Conclusion: Leader Support, Student Success
Executionp. 237
Finding the Timep. 239
Lock In a Weekly Schedule
Defend Your Time
The Final Step: Manage Tasks
Turnaround: Schedule for Success
Conclusion: Every Minute Matters
The Superintendent's Guidep. 267
Train Your Principals
Coach Continuously
Leverage Principal Teams
Turnaround: Support Struggling Schools
Conclusion: Succeed at Scale
Conclusion: A Brighter Futurep. 285
Professional Development Workshops: Overview and Highlightsp. 287
Observation and Feedback Workshopp. 289
Leading Planning Workshopp. 307
Leading Professional Development Workshopp. 319
Student Culture Workshopp. 331
Finding the Time Workshopp. 341
Quick Reference Sheetp. 351
ISLLC Standardsp. 355
Notesp. 357
Bibliographyp. 365
Indexp. 369
How to Use the DVDp. 379
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