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Author Linda Lambert takes a close look at leadership in schools, which today involves far more than a single leader. Lambert defines leadership as the learning processes among participants in a community—processes that lead toward a shared sense of purpose.
Leadership capacity refers to the breadth of participation in leadership and the depth of skill that teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community members bring to the work. The stories of three schools—an elementary school with low leadership capacity, a middle school with moderate leadership capacity, and a high school with high leadership capacity—reveal how educators can lead their communities to improve student learning.
The stories show five features of effective leadership: broad-based, skillful participation in the work of leadership; inquiry-based use of information to inform decisions and practice; roles and responsibilities that reflect broad involvement and collaboration; reflective practice/innovation as a norm; and high student achievement.
This book outlines what schools and districts must do to build leadership capacity, including how to get started, how to sustain the momentum, and how to design school districts capable of supporting such work.
(ASCD Premium and Select Member book, 1998) 6" x 9", 136 pages. Also available as an e-book!
So, you want to be a principal? Are you a new principal who could benefit from the wisdom of a successful four-time principal? Could you use help preparing for a school administrator job interview? Then this is the book for you. In The Aspiring Principal 50, school leadership expert Baruti Kafele presents reflective questions aimed at assisting both new and aspiring school leaders as they work to become effective school leaders and consider making a leap to a leadership position, respectively.
The teenage years are unique, and today’s teens face new challenges as well as opportunities. The May 2019 issue of Educational Leadership looks at what teens need most in terms of both academic and social supports, highlighting how schools can work smarter to keep middle and high school students healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.