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The Principal as Leader of the Equitable School

The Principal as Leader of the Equitable School Author Ontario Principals' Council
ISBN-10 9781412981170
Release 2012-08-24
Pages 161
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Create a learning environment that erases achievement gaps! This book provides action steps for empowering students and staff, working with the community, and assessing progress toward equity.



Principals and Student Achievement

Principals and Student Achievement Author Kathleen Cotton
ISBN-10 9780871208279
Release 2003
Pages 107
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What are the direct and indirect influences of principals on student achievement? How do successful principals motivate others? What kinds of relationships do they have with parents, students, and staff? Principals and Student Achievement identifies 26 essential traits and behaviors of effective principals to show how they achieve success as instructional leaders. Based on a review of 81 key research articles from the last 20 years, this concise book examines how certain practices can affect student achievement, including: * Communication and interaction * Classroom observation and feedback to teachers * Recognition of student and staff achievement * Dedication to a safe and orderly school environment * Support of professional development of staff * Role modeling The book also reviews differences in instructional leadership between elementary and secondary principals, male and female principals, principals in high- and low-socioeconomic-status schools, and more. We all know that principals are important to student success, but few people have pinpointed exactly how they make a positive difference. At a time when principals are being asked to do more for school reform and accountability, Principals and Student Achievement provides a valuable resource for identifying what it takes to be an effective principal and, in turn, an effective school.



The Principal as Mathematics Leader

The Principal as Mathematics Leader Author Ontario Principals' Council,
ISBN-10 9781452293851
Release 2009-01-12
Pages 128
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This guide provides research, tools, and support for leading effective mathematics teaching and learning, observing and evaluating mathematics instruction, and promoting faculty growth.



Leading Academic Achievement for English Language Learners

Leading Academic Achievement for English Language Learners Author Betty J. Alford
ISBN-10 9781412981606
Release 2011-03-28
Pages 148
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This practical guide equips school leaders to shape a culture conducive to high academic achievement for English language learners. Includes case studies and quick reference charts.



Excellence Through Equity

Excellence Through Equity Author Alan M. Blankstein
ISBN-10 9781416622574
Release 2016-02-26
Pages 304
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Excellence Through Equity is an inspiring look at how real-world educators are creating schools where all students are able to thrive. In these schools, educators understand that equity is not about treating all children the same. They are deeply committed to ensuring that each student receives what he or she individually needs to develop their full potential—and succeed. To help educators with what can at times be a difficult and challenging journey, Blankstein and Noguera frame the book with five guiding principles of Courageous Leadership: - Getting to your core - Making organizational meaning - Ensuring constancy and consistency of purpose - Facing the facts and your fears - Building sustainable relationships They further emphasize that the practices are grounded in three important areas of research that are too often disregarded: (1) child development, (2) neuroscience, and (3) environmental influences on child development and learning. You’ll hear from Carol Corbett Burris, Michael Fullan, Marcus J. Newsome, Paul Reville, Susan Szachowicz, and other bold practitioners and visionary thinkers who share compelling and actionable ideas, strategies, and experiences for closing the achievement gap in your classrooms and school. Ensuring that all students receive an education that cultivates their talents and potential is in all our common interest. As Andy Hargreaves writes in the coda: “The opportunity for all Americans is to articulate and believe in an inspiring vision of educational change that is about what the next genera¬tion of America and Americans should become, not about a target or ranking that the nation should attain.”



Leading Schools of Excellence and Equity

Leading Schools of Excellence and Equity Author Kathleen M. Brown
ISBN-10 9781617351211
Release 2010-11-01
Pages 131
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The purpose of this empirical inquiry of staterecognized “Honor Schools of Excellence” was to explore how these schools of distinction are (or are not) promoting and supporting both academic excellence and systemic equity for all students. In Phase One, quantitative data were collected through equity audits to scan for and then document systemic patterns of equity and inequity across multiple domains of student learning and activities within 24 schools. In Phase Two, the 24 schools were ranked, based solely on minority achievement, and then separated into two types of schools, small gap (SG) schools and large gap (LG) schools. Through site visits (n=16) and the use of semistructured interviews with principals, assistant principals, teachers, and parent leaders (n=80), qualitative data were then collected to document best practices and effective strategies that principals use to confront and change past practices anchored in open and residual racism and class discrimination. The data were analyzed through the theoretical framework of academic optimism. Three differences between the SG schools and the LG schools were found (encouraging academic achievement, offering instructional feedback, and expecting excellence). To truly honor excellence, we need to embrace equity. As such, in schools where principals support, model, and monitor a teamwork approach, a balanced approach, a strong sense of purpose, and an insistent disposition to assure that all students are served well and that all are encouraged to perform at their highest level, the outcomes of interest are better.



The school leaders our children deserve

The school leaders our children deserve Author George Theoharis
ISBN-10 0807749524
Release 2009-05-11
Pages 178
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George Theoharis draws on the experiences and words of successful public school principals committed to advancing equity, social justice, and school reform to show why social justice leadership is needed and how it can be effective. Although facing tremendous barriers, these principals made important strides toward closing the achievement gap in their schools through the use of humane and equitable practices. Featuring a mix of theory and practical strategies, this timely book portrays how real school leaders seek, create, and sustain equitable schools, especially for marginalized students.



What Every Principal Needs to Know to Create Equitable and Excellent Schools

What Every Principal Needs to Know to Create Equitable and Excellent Schools Author George Theoharis
ISBN-10 9780807772263
Release 2015-04-25
Pages 241
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School leaders who succeed at creating a high-achieving learning community must also be committed to creating an equitable environment for all students. In this new book, key scholars across the content areas show how to put into practice a commitment to equity and excellence across the Pre-K12 spectrum. Readers learn directly from experts in each of the content domains (literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, music, early childhood, special education, English language learners, world languages, and physical education) how a commitment to social justice and equity can be grounded in core subject areas, why each has a place in the school, and what they need to know and do in each subject area. This book is a critical instructional leadership resource for new and veteran principals who want to see all students succeed. Contributors: Antonio J. Castro, Julie Causton-Theoharis, Virginia Collier, Katherine Delaney, Catherine Ennis, Virginia Goatley, Beth Graue, Rochelle Gutirrez, Kathleen A. Hinchman, Anne Karabon, Christi Kasa, Dave McAlpine, Mitchell Robinson, Victor Sampson, Sherry A. Southerland, and Wayne Thomas



Transformative Leadership in Education

Transformative Leadership in Education Author Carolyn M. Shields
ISBN-10 9780415892537
Release 2012
Pages 148
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In the volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world of education today, leaders need to take an engaged, activist, and courageous approach to help build optimistic futures for all students. Transformative Leadership in Education presents an alternative approach to leadership for deep and equitable change. Using vignettes, stories, research, and drawing on scholarship from a range of disciplines, noted scholar Carolyn M. Shields explores the concept of transformative leadership and its potential to create learning environments that are just and inclusive. Drawing on examples from transformative school leaders, Shields demonstrates that this leadership can promote academic achievement, family and community empowerment, democratic engagement, and global citizenship. Special features include: End-of-chapter guiding questions to help readers reflect on their own practice and to apply the concepts in their own contexts Vignettes and stories from students, teachers, and community members illustrate how transformative leadership can promote academic achievement and democratic engagement A robust companion website with extra resources, video and audio clips, and an author blog to further understanding and lead to sustained action toward the goals of transformative leadership. This exciting text will appeal to all aspiring and practicing leaders who want to prepare students to be successful, caring, and engaged citizens of the global community.



Walking the Equity Talk

Walking the Equity Talk Author John Robert Browne II
ISBN-10 9781412997812
Release 2012-06-21
Pages 385
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For educational leaders serious about ending student outcome disparities, Culturally Courageous Leadership can empower all school stakeholders to ensure that equity initiatives are successful.



The Listening Leader

The Listening Leader Author Shane Safir
ISBN-10 9781119186342
Release 2017-04-10
Pages 368
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The Listening Leader fills an urgent gap in the literature on educational leadership. Leadership is second only to teacher quality in its impact on student learning and achievement. Copious research has linked school success with quality leadership, yet districts struggle to train and retain tomorrow's leaders. Across the nation, we have overlooked the educational leader's ability to create a culture of improvement through a simple but easily forgotten skill: listening. Listening is the heart of school transformation--the one skill that allows leaders to connect with diverse stakeholders, gather rich data, and drive reform through the power of relationships. Today's educational leaders must learn to distinguish critical signals coming from their stakeholders from the noise of everyday school life. By inviting readers to cultivate a listening mindset, Safir's book offers a powerful new way of leading. This book speaks to leaders who care deeply and want to make a difference, but who often feel ineffective. Its practical strategies will help readers foster a thriving culture of improvement. The Listening Leader offers districts a framework for leadership development and a strategy to interrupt the churn that plagues them. It will change the conversation about educational data and leadership. Designed to be practical, The Listening Leader is filled with vignettes, self-assessment tools, and concrete strategies that can be put to immediate use. To facilitate extended learning, chapters include reflective questions and discussion points for adaptation in a professional learning community or a study group. Readers will walk away rejuvenated--relieved that there is a better way to lead--and motivated to shift their approach.



Leading for Equity

Leading for Equity Author Stacey Childress
ISBN-10 1934742228
Release 2009
Pages 184
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Leading for Equity tells the compelling story of the Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools and its transformation¿in less than a decade¿into a system committed to breaking the links between race and class and academic achievement. In chapters organized around six core themes, the authors lay out the essential elements of MCPS¿s success. They identify key lessons other districts can draw from MCPS¿s experience and offer a framework for applying them. A dramatic departure from ¿business as usual,¿ MCPS has won nationwide attention as a compelling model for tackling the achievement and opportunity issues that confront our nation as a whole.



Growing Into Equity

Growing Into Equity Author Sonia Caus Gleason
ISBN-10 9781452287652
Release 2013-07-25
Pages 216
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High-Achieving Students and Teachers—Winning Strategies from Title I Schools! This illuminating book shows how four outstanding Title I schools make the goal of personalized learning a reality for every student and every teacher. The common thread is commitment to equity—the belief that every child can achieve. Readers will find: Guidance on identifying obstacles to equity within your school and building a case for personalized learning Case studies showing the lived values, practices, and leadership that have helped schools transform learning How-to’s and templates for creating a team-based professional development program that helps teachers individualize instruction



The Principal as Leader

The Principal as Leader Author Larry W. Hughes
ISBN-10 0136295851
Release 1999
Pages 346
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Unlike other books on the subject, this exploration of the principal as leader -- rather than as manager -- offers a variety of perspectives by well-known education authorities. It explores the dimensions of school leadership both in theory and in practice and demonstrates how principals can substantially improve instruction. Discusses the nature of leadership and new challenges that must be faced; the effective use of computers as a management and instructional tool; and how principals can help improve instruction -- based on their own behavior, the climate of the school, and the improvement of instructional practice. Covers a multitude of issues -- e.g., the decentralization of decision-making to school sites, restructuring the curriculum to become more responsive to children's needs, the implications that demographic shifts have on school programming, human resource development, and the legal and ethical framework surrounding the issues. Includes a case study or application in each chapter. For those preparing to be school executives.



Qualities of Effective Teachers

Qualities of Effective Teachers Author James H. Stronge
ISBN-10 9781416604617
Release 2007
Pages 198
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Remember those great teachers who made you excited about learning? Remember how it felt to be in their classes and to experience how they made their classrooms come alive? What made those teachers special? What qualities and skills did they have to ignite student learning? Most important, how did those teachers help their students become successful? In Qualities of Effective Teachers, 2nd edition, James H. Stronge shows educators how to recreate this same excitement and enthusiasm in their own classrooms by describing the characteristics and skills of effective teachers. Stronge synthesizes research to identify specific teacher behaviors that contribute to student achievement. Rather than look at outside factors like demographics, district leadership, and state mandates, Stronge focuses specifically on what teachers can control: their own preparation, personality, and practices. Learn how effective teachers *Prepare to be effective educators. *Establish, manage, and maintain learning-focused classroom environments. *Organize time, communicate expectations, and plan instruction. *Present curriculum to support active and engaged learning. *Monitor student progress, identify student potential, and meet the needs of special populations in the classroom. This second edition includes new tips and tools for engaging at-risk students and high-ability students. It also includes skills checklists and an expanded, annotated bibliography to provide a springboard for further insight and exploration. Teachers, educators who hire teachers, teacher leaders, supervisors, and teachers-in-training can all use this book to learn to how to develop better teachers and to improve the quality of learning for all students.



Connecting leadership with learning

Connecting leadership with learning Author Michael A. Copland
ISBN-10 1416604049
Release 2006-10
Pages 280
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Connecting leadership with learning has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Connecting leadership with learning also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Connecting leadership with learning book for free.



Balanced Leadership for Powerful Learning

Balanced Leadership for Powerful Learning Author Bryan Goodwin
ISBN-10 9781416620884
Release 2015-08-24
Pages 112
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What makes a great school leader? Contrary to what many believe, the answer is not tied to a certain kind of personality but to specific behaviors and actions that have positive effects on student achievement—behaviors and actions that any school leader can learn and put into practice. Over the last decade, thousands of school principals have done that, by implementing “balanced leadership,” an approach that recognizes the need to both maintain and challenge the status quo in order to move schools forward. Building on the analysis that was first reported in School Leadership That Works, the authors of Balanced Leadership identify the 21 responsibilities associated with effective leadership and show how they relate to three overarching responsibilities: * Establishing a clear focus—keeping the work and the conversations targeted on the issues that matter most; * Managing change—understanding how to skillfully steer through the challenges associated with making improvements, both large and small; and * Developing a purposeful community—creating a sense among all teachers and staff that they are invested in student outcomes and that they can make a difference. For each of these areas, key points and specific practices are described in detail and illustrated with stories from school principals who have successfully learned how to become great leaders. Step-by-step tools provide clear guidance for readers who are ready to make the same kind of journey—one with the potential to transform them and the schools they serve.