Cornerstones of Strong Schools

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-10-01
  • Publisher: Eye on Education

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This book describes the practices of principals who develop and maintain purposeful learning communities. It applies and extends nine of the leadership responsibilities identified in research conducted by Marzano, Waters, and McNulty in School Leadership That Works. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Jeff Zoul and Laura Link provide examples of how school leaders can incorporate specific strategies related to critical leadership responsibilities into their everyday routine as a way to improve student academic achievement, teacher performance, and school climate.

Table of Contents

About the Authorsp. vii
Crafting a Community of Leaders and Learnersp. 2
Leadership Self-Assessmentp. 8
The Optimizing Leaderp. 12
The Optimizer: Points to Ponderp. 14
Mission, Vision, and Valuesp. 14
Building Teacher Confidencep. 15
Creating a Culture of Carep. 18
Implementing Change Initiativesp. 19
Core Componentsp. 22
Core Reflectionsp. 26
Affirming Success (and Acknowledging Failure)p. 28
Affirmation: Points to Ponderp. 30
Teacher Recognitionp. 30
Celebrating Student Successp. 33
Affirming Schoolwide Successp. 36
Acknowledging Failurep. 39
Teacher Underperformancep. 39
Responding When Students Do Not Learnp. 42
Core Componentsp. 45
Core Reflectionsp. 49
Ideal Beliefsp. 52
Ideals/Beliefs: Points to Ponderp. 54
Creating Statements of beliefp. 54
Promoting Beliefs Through Words and Actionsp. 56
Promoting Positive Classroom Behaviorsp. 58
Using Beliefs to Effect Changep. 61
Core Componentsp. 63
Core Reflectionsp. 67
Awarenessp. 70
Situational Awareness: Points to Ponderp. 71
Principal Visibilityp. 71
Parent and Student Advisory Councilsp. 73
Soliciting Teacher Feedbackp. 74
Teacher Leadersp. 77
Core Componentsp. 80
Core Reflectionsp. 85
There-nessp. 86
Visibility: Points to Ponderp. 87
Transition Timesp. 87
Extracurricular Eventsp. 89
Visibility in Classroomsp. 91
Core Componentsp. 95
Core Reflectionsp. 100
Cultivating Personalized Professional Relationshipsp. 102
Relationships: Points to Ponderp. 103
Building Positive Relationships with Teachersp. 104
The Power of Languagep. 106
The End of the School Yearp. 107
Personal and Professionalp. 107
The Teacher Evaluation Processp. 108
Core Componentsp. 110
Core Reflectionsp. 115
Clear and Consistent Communicationp. 118
Communication: Points to Ponderp. 119
Thank God It's Monday!p. 119
The Friday Focusp. 123
Professional Learning Communitiesp. 125
Faculty Book Studiesp. 126
Effective Listeningp. 126
Meetings with Meaningp. 127
Communicating Good News and Bad Newsp. 129
Core Componentsp. 130
Core Reflectionsp. 134
Creating a Culturep. 136
Culture: Points to Ponderp. 139
Teacher Isolationp. 139
Faculty Meetingsp. 142
A Common Languagep. 143
Teacher Induction and Mentoringp. 145
Core Componentsp. 146
Core Reflectionsp. 150
Soliciting Input to Achieve Outputp. 152
Input: Points to Ponderp. 154
School Leadership Teamsp. 154
Input Through Professional Collaborationp. 155
An Open Door Policyp. 156
The School Budgetp. 157
Professional Learningp. 159
Hiring New Teachersp. 161
Sharing Our Workp. 161
Core Componentsp. 162
Core Reflectionsp. 166
Schools That Learnp. 168
Clarifying the Corep. 170
Learning by Doingp. 171
Behaviors Before Beliefsp. 172
Urgency Over Obstaclesp. 172
Referencesp. 174
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