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Finding Your Leadership Focus What Matters Most for Student Results

ISBN-10: 0807751707
ISBN-13: 9780807751701
Edition: 2011
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Description: In his new book, author and international keynoter Douglas Reeves addresses a major challenge faced by today's school leaders: an ever-growing load of programs and initiatives. Reeves contends that program overload not only taxes leadership  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 1/24/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 176
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

In his new book, author and international keynoter Douglas Reeves addresses a major challenge faced by today's school leaders: an ever-growing load of programs and initiatives. Reeves contends that program overload not only taxes leadership resources, but actually hurts rather than improves student performance. Drawing on recent research findings, this book shows how leaders can pare down from a proliferation of initiatives to determine what is truly most important based on their local concerns, challenges, populations, and other school factors. Identifying a specific set of leadership practices that are more strongly associated with improvements in student achievement, Reeves provides explicit guidelines for how school leaders can improve their most critical leadership decisions by simultaneously engaging in three essential strategies: monitoring teaching and leadership practices, building high degrees of efficacy among staff members, and focusing on a smaller number of priorities. Finding Your Leadership Focus is essential reading for new and veteran principals, teacher leaders, and PLC book study groups.

Consulting Description Consulting Description: Leadership nbsp; An innovative thinker who is sought-after by institutions, publishers, and international think-tanks, Michael Fullan is special advisor on education to Dalton McGuinty, the premier of Ontario. He formerly served as dean and professor emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.nbsp;He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and from Nipissing University in Canada.nbsp;Fullan served as dean of the faculty of education at the University of Toronto from 1988 to 2003, leading two major organizational transformations, including a merger of two large schools of education. He is currently working as adviser and consultant on several major education reform initiatives around the world.nbsp;He bases his work on research and practice on both the public and private sectors, finding an increasing convergence in this literature. He has written several bestsellers on leadership and change that have been translated into several languages. Four of his books have won book of the year awards, and his publications have been translated into several languages. Now, Michael Fullan is offering his experience to you in an eStudy opportunity! Visit http://www.corwin.com/learning/estudy/fullan.html for more information.

Levine is president and professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York City.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
The Law of Initiative Fatigue: Why Leadership Focus Matters
The Costs and Benefits of Focus
The Illogical Imperative: Do It All and Do It Now
Forces Against Focus: Politics, Bureaucracy, and Culture
The Good News: Change Is Possible
The Research
How the Research Was Conducted
Experimental Versus Quasi-Experimental Research
Multivariate Versus Two-Variable Analysis
The Standard of Evidence in Educational Research
Weighing Risks
The Essential Cluster of Leadership Practices
Competing Demands on Leadership Attention
Clusters of Effective Leadership Practices
Focus, Monitoring, and Efficacy: The Combined Impact on Performance and Morale
From Theory to Real-World Impact
Impact on Student Achievement
Leadership Practices Defined
Lead Like a Lifeguard
Weeding the Garden
Diversionary Weeds
Toxic Weeds
Unsustainable Programmatic Weeds
Eradicating Weeds
Focus at the System Level
Two Essential Questions
Toward Multidimensional Perspectives of Leadership
Beyond Efficiency and Effectiveness: The Power of the Greater Good
From the Pyramid to the Diamond
Focus at the School Level
Essential Questions Revisited
Individual Students
Teaching Quality
Conclusion
How Leaders Can Help Classroom Teachers to Focus, Save Time, and Improve Achievement
Too Many Standards, Too Little Time
Conclusion
Assessing and Sustaining Your Leadership Focus
The Leadership Focus Assessment
Scoring Your Leadership Focus Assessment
Sustaining Leadership Focus
The Research in Depth
PIM� (Planning, Implementation, and Monitoring) School Improvement Audit
Galileo's Dilemma
Guidelines for Data Walls, or "The Science Fair for Grownups"
Science Fair Reflections: "The Treasure Hunt"
References
Index
About the Author

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