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Improving Your Daily Practice

Improving Your Daily Practice Author Tim Berkey
ISBN-10 9781317924258
Release 2014-07-10
Pages 208
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This book will show principals how they can change daily practices to invest more time in the improvement of teaching and learning. It redirects leadership to effective practices in instructional leadership.

Executive Skills for Busy School Leaders

Executive Skills for Busy School Leaders Author David Coley
ISBN-10 9781317924838
Release 2014-01-09
Pages 176
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Prime yourself for all aspects of school leadership with effectiveness strategies from educators and experts Chris Hitch and David Coley. This comprehensive and practical handbook offers research-based tools to help you fulfill all of your leadership responsibilities on time and with laser-like focus. The authors also share tips from their combined experiences as elementary, middle, and high school principals. Executive Skills for Busy School Leaders provides examples of best practices from the business and non-profit sectors and applies them specifically to schools. Topics range from managing time and leading high-performance teams to monitoring your budget and implementing a school improvement plan. Strategies include finding time for instructional leadership, diagnosing the strengths and needs of your school, leading a multi-generational faculty, data-driven decision making, and managing high-, middle- and under-performing individuals.

Problem Solving Tools and Tips for School Leaders

Problem Solving Tools and Tips for School Leaders Author Cathie West
ISBN-10 9781317926634
Release 2013-10-02
Pages 192
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In this book, award-winning educator Cathie West teaches readers how to confidently prepare for and respond to the challenges that come with being a school leader. Derived from professional experience and extensive research, the strategies can be put to work exactly as described or adapted to fit the unique situations that educators face in their schools. With more than thirty years of experience as a school principal, West provides tips for teacher leaders striving to expand their skills, brand new administrators looking for guidance, and experienced principals confronting the unfamiliar or looking for fresh problem-solving ideas.

Leading Every Day

Leading Every Day Author Joyce Kaser
ISBN-10 9781483334080
Release 2013-08-27
Pages 288
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Your shortcut to success for inspired school leadership! Tap your greatest leadership potential and quickly get on track to meeting today’s complicated challenges with this follow up to the best-selling Learning Forward Book of the Year. Newly updated and revised, these short, inspiration-infused nuggets of actionable advice provide a path to effective leadership for all. New features include: Newly added Book 5, focused on solid data systems and achievable results Over 150 convenient, closely integrated daily contemplations to carry anywhere Succinct, up-to-date research for creative solutions to leadership challenges, change, and professional development Updated references and quotes

Leading Professional Learning Communities

Leading Professional Learning Communities Author Shirley M. Hord
ISBN-10 9781452294254
Release 2008-02-01
Pages 184
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Imagine all professionals in all schools engaged in continuous professional learning! Education experts Shirley M. Hord and William A. Sommers explore the school-based learning opportunities offered to school professionals and the principal's critical role in the creation, development, and support of an effective professional learning community (PLC). This book provides school leaders with readily accessible information to guide them in initiating and developing a PLC that supports teachers and students. Using field-tested examples, the text illustrates how this research-based school improvement model can help educators: Increase leadership capacity Embed professional development into daily work Create a positive school culture Develop accountability Boost student achievement

Leading for Instructional Improvement

Leading for Instructional Improvement Author Stephen Fink
ISBN-10 111803175X
Release 2011-02-17
Pages 304
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Leading for Instructional Improvement Educational experts agree that quality teaching is the single most important factor in improving educational outcomes for all students. Teaching is a highly sophisticated and complex endeavor requiring deep expertise on the part of teachers and school leaders. This book shows how teacher, school, and district leaders can cultivate the expertise of teachers to deliver high quality instruction for all students. Leading for Instructional Improvement captures the nationally acclaimed work conducted by the Center for Educational Leadership at the University of Washington in its effort to improve the quality of teaching and leadership in schools across the country. The book provides extensive practical guidance grounded in theory and research, along with powerful stories and examples from classrooms, schools, and districts. Many of the tools, protocols, and frameworks contained in this book can be accessed electronically by visiting the Center for Educational Leadership website at Praise for Leading for Instructional Improvement "This book offers insights that are invaluable to educators who seek to enhance teacher effectiveness now. The ideas presented are practical and applicable to schools in a variety of settings." —PEDRO A. NOGUERA, Ph.D., Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Development and executive director, Metropolitan Center for Urban Education "A deep and thoughtful look at how the issue of expertise is cultivated. Seizing upon their Center's research-based instructional framework, the authors provide important insights and tools." —DR. BEVERLY HALL, superintendent, Atlanta Public Schools "In this age of intense focus on how we evaluate teachers, we have to remember that any evaluation is only as good as the evaluator. This extremely useful book provides an excellent roadmap for how principals can become more effective in the most important aspect of their work, instructional leadership." —JERRY D. WEAST, Ed.D., superintendent of schools, Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland "Fink and Markholt offer practitioners a guide to effective teaching. Leading for Instructional Improvement asks us to heed the lessons within and support the kind of teacher education that will improve student achievement for today's schools and those of tomorrow." —BARNETT BERRY, president, Center for Teaching Quality


Realization Author Lyn Sharratt
ISBN-10 9781452273709
Release 2009-08-11
Pages 136
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Written by an experienced district administrator who accomplished reform and an internationally recognized expert in large-scale educational change, this book offers 14 key parameters for realizing districtwide improvement.

Teachers Bringing Out the Best in Teachers

Teachers Bringing Out the Best in Teachers Author Jo Blase
ISBN-10 9781632201461
Release 2014-09-02
Pages 168
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Boost teacher-to-teacher collaboration and learning as a means of informal, but powerful professional development! Most teachers have experienced some kind of formal mentoring or induction program. What these programs can miss is the meaningful daily interaction with peers that builds mutual trust and instructional collaboration. Based on a unique investigative study of nearly 300 teachers, this powerful new resource provides informative teacher perspectives of informal, naturally occurring, teacher-to-teacher professional development. The authors identify the following five teacher behaviors that can positively influence other teachers’ morale, teaching skills, and professional growth: • Building healthy relationships by communicating, caring, and developing trust • Using five guiding principles for structuring learning experiences • Planning and organizing for learning • Showing and sharing • Guiding for classroom management This excellent resource helps school leaders promote a culture that encourages lasting professional development. In each chapter, educators share specific experiences and examples, showing each skill in action. School leaders will learn what strong teacher peer "consultants" actually do that leads to improved teacher confidence and motivation, enhanced trust and mutual respect, and reflective instructional behavior among their colleagues. These cost-effective, authentic strategies will build camaraderie and leadership in your school, engaging colleagues as a team in the vital mission of all schools-educating our youth.

Leadership 180

Leadership 180 Author Dennis Sparks
ISBN-10 9781935542643
Release 2010-10-01
Pages 208
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Get your daily dose of empowerment with 180 meditations perfect for busy leaders. These short reflections contain a quote, discussion on the meaning, and final translation into a powerful “Today I will...” statement that integrates the reflection into daily practice. The meditations can be read in any order. An index of quotes makes it easy to reference sources.

Powerful People Are Powerful Leaders

Powerful People Are Powerful Leaders Author Peter Biadasz
ISBN-10 9780595412181
Release 2006-12
Pages 256
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"Powerful People Are Powerful Leaders" is composed of daily assignments about leaders and leadership to enable you to become a powerful leader. These lessons are laid-out in four sections. The first part of the daily drill is an inspiring quotation from a powerful person. The idea is to thoughtfully reflect upon the passage as it relates to the subject matter. Leadership ability is gained through a daily assignment via a straightforward yet simple set of exercises and drills. Each one is a small building block of knowledge. Next the work guide asks you, the leader in training, to do research on the quotation. This task can easily take you back in time and into the circumstances involving the words spoken by the author of the quote. Finally, the last part of the work is a six months review. This practice reinforces your book of knowledge on leaders and leadership. When you properly apply this learning in your daily life, the leadership situations with your family, friends, and fellow workers, you will become more powerful, one day at a time. Visit

Teaching As Leadership

Teaching As Leadership Author Teach For America
ISBN-10 0470593067
Release 2010-01-06
Pages 240
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A road map for teachers who strive to be highly effective leaders in our nation's classrooms Teach For America has fought the daunting battle of educational equity for the last twenty years. Based on evidence from classrooms across the country, they've discovered much about effective teaching practice, and distilled these findings into the six principles presented in this book. The Teaching As Leadership framework inspires teachers to: Set Big Goals; Invest Students and Their Families; Plan Purposefully; Execute Effectively; Continuously Increase Effectiveness; Work Relentlessly. The results are better educational outcomes for our nation's children, particularly those who live in low-income communities. Inspires educators to be leaders in their classrooms and schools Demystifies what it means to be an effective teacher, describes key elements of practice and provides a clear vision of success Addresses the challenges every teacher, in every classroom, faces on a daily basis An accompanying website includes a wealth of tools, videos, sample lessons, discussion boards, and case studies.

Motivating and Inspiring Teachers

Motivating and Inspiring Teachers Author Todd Whitaker
ISBN-10 9781596671034
Release 2008
Pages 267
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Like the best-selling first edition, this book is filled with strategies to motivate your staff and maintain a high level of energy at your school. This guide will help all educators approach work every day in an enthusiastic, focused, and positive state of mind. This book will help you: -Motivate your faculty with the Friday Focus--a staff memo that works! -Understand the power of praise and how to best utilize it every day -Make sure staff meetings, teacher evaluation, and daily activities raise the energy level in your school -Maximize the holidays, open house nights, and other special events the make your staff feel special

Fearless Conversations School Leaders Have to Have

Fearless Conversations School Leaders Have to Have Author Irving C. Jones Sr.
ISBN-10 9781506367521
Release 2017-08-30
Pages 216
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Step out of Your Comfort Zone and Really Help Kids To meet the needs of today’s learners, fearless leadership is required to support and empower the adults who work with these learners. Written to help leaders build a culture of learning and improve academic achievement for all students, this guide to recognizing and using strategies will encourage staff to work at their full potential, build trust, and strengthen collegiality. Readers will find • interviews and case studies to illustrate effective practice • strategies to help them move from traditional methodologies toward stronger transformational leadership • examples to ignite additional thinking to facilitate achievement for all students

The School Leader s Guide To Student Learning Supports

The School Leader s Guide To Student Learning Supports Author Howard S. Adelman
ISBN-10 UOM:39076002616360
Release 2006
Pages 385
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Based on an initiative endorsed by more than 20 professional groups, this guide for leaders provides the learning supports students need to succeed.

Insights How Expert Principals Make Difficult Decisions

Insights  How Expert Principals Make Difficult Decisions Author Dionne V. McLaughlin
ISBN-10 9781483386515
Release 2015-03-09
Pages 192
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Learn to make the best decisions for your school! Essential to inspiring and improving schools, principals make complex decisions on a daily basis. This invaluable resource offers extensive case studies which explore factors considered by expert principals to manage crises, navigate tough choices, and gain control of unsettling school environments. You will learn how priorities and school culture inform these decisions, and acquire powerful insights on decision-making best practices. You will find: Problem-solving strategies and cases focusing on data analysis and competing stakeholders Easy-to-use checklists, robust reflection questions, and a framework to define your professional core values Tools to coach and evaluate teachers, and bolster struggling students

An Essential Guide to Improving Attendance in your School

An Essential Guide to Improving Attendance in your School Author Ken Reid
ISBN-10 9781134661879
Release 2013-11-07
Pages 200
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In this engaging book Professor Ken Reid focuses on the needs of school professionals and leaders, providing them with workable, achievable solutions to radically reducing their truancy rates. As well as discussing the importance of regular attendance and the importance of sound leadership, Professor Reid provides: A highly effective whole school strategy for use in both primary and secondary schools Checklists on good practice Early intervention strategies Advice on using attendance panels Guidance on effective monitoring schemes Supporting throughout with case-studies, sample letters, reports, attendance calendars and action plans, this book will be an essential staff-room resource for head teachers, deputy head teachers, teachers and any educational professional eager to raise standards for all.

Gardening in the Minefield

Gardening in the Minefield Author Laurel J. Schmidt
ISBN-10 0325004765
Release 2002
Pages 199
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Seasoned educator Laurel Schmidt tells it like it is about a principal's daily life. From the nitty gritty of hiring, evaluating, and firing staff, to navigating the intricacies of school politics, and managing crises in the glare of the media, she provides a long overdue tool to take control of your life as a school administrator. Schmidt combines insight and humor with use-this-now practicality as she details creative strategies for surviving the daily grind, while honing your vision of a school that works