Includes bibliographical references (p. 128-129) and index.
List of Tables List of Resources Preface Who Will Benefit From This Book? How Is the Book Organized? What Are the Special Features? Reflection Acknowledgments About the Author 1. Introduction and Background How Did the Research Begin? Why Interview Research? Who Participated in the Interviews? What Actions Do These Leaders Take? Reflection Helpful Terms 2. Focus the Culture on Learning: Make Decisions for Student Learning Leader in Action: Paula St. Francis, Rimfire Elementary School Leader in Action: Les Potter, Silver Sands Middle School Leader in Action: Carol Moore, Osceola High School Leader in Action: Cynthia Dodge, Lake Silver Elementary and Special School Reflection Practical Tips Trends in Focusing Culture on Learning and Making Decisions for Learning Helpful Terms 3. Stimulate Intellectual Growth Leader in Action: Linda Roman, Fort Wayne Community Schools Leader in Action: Dale Moxley, Round Lake Charter Elementary School Leader in Action: Harold Border, Hunter's Creek Middle School Leader in Action: Jane Phelps, Middle School Social Studies Reflection Practical Tips Trends in Stimulating Intellectual Growth Helpful Terms Resources for Leaders 4. Invest Personally in the Change Leader in Action: Paul Sansom, Adairville K-8 School Leader in Action: Donald Fennoy, Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology Leader in Action: Bill Vogel, Seminole County Schools Reflection Practical Tips Trends in Making a Personal Investment Helpful Terms 5. Collaborate to Optimize Success Leaders in Action:Principals, Citrus County Middle School Leader in Action: Todd Trimble, Legacy Middle School Leader in Action: Mike Armbruster, Ocoee High School Leaders in Action: UCF-Progress Energy Leadership Institute Reflection Practical Tips Trends in Collaboration Helpful Terms 6. Strategize for Consistency Leader in Action: Nancy Simon, Central Ridge Elementary School Leader in Action: Jaime Quinones, Shafter High School Leader in Action: Tom Curry, Citrus County Schools Reflection Practical Tips Trends of Leaders Who Strategize for Consistency Helpful Terms 7. Let the Data Speak: Then Take Action Leader in Action: Barrett Nelson, Lewisburg K-8 School Leader in Action: Connie Collins, Crooms Academy of Information Technology Leader in Action: Van Mitchell, Colonial High School Leader in Action: Anna Marie Cote, Seminole County Schools Reflection Practical Tips Trends in Data-Based Decision Making Helpful Terms 8. Engage Families in Learning Leader in Action: Gonzalo La Cava, Oakshire Elementary School Leader in Action: Nancy Velez, Leesburg High School Leader in Action: Grant Rivera, South Cobb High School Leader in Action: Peter Gorman, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Reflection Practical Tips Trends to Engage Families in Learning Helpful Terms 9. Influence Through the Political Environment Principals and the District Political Environment District Leaders Leader in Action: Carol Kelley, New Smyrna Beach High School Leader in Action: Beverly Perrault, Wicklow Elementary School Leader in Action: Pam Tapley, St. Cloud High School Leader in Action: Barbara Jenkins, Orange County Public Schools Reflection Practical Tips Trends in Leveraging the Political Environment Helpful Terms 10. Reflections on Leading Learning for Second Order Change Curriculum Instruction Assessment Concluding Thoughts Resource A: Principal Interview Protocol Resource B: District Leader Interview Protocol Resource C: Guidelines for Collaborative Sessions, Rimfire Elementary School Resource D: Team Meeting Notes, Hunter's Creek Middle School Resource E: Leadership Team, Crystal River High School 2007-2008 Resource F: Walkthrough Comment Card, Citrus County Schools Resource G: Ridgeback Reflections, Central Ridge Elementary School Resource H: Excerpts From Attendance Policy, Leesburg High School References Index.
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'Taylor shows how school leadership actions can turn almost any educational challenge into a positive. Her use of current school administrators as examples, the explanatory charts, and the guiding professional analysis make this book a necessary companion to implementing sustained school reform' - Mary Ann Haas, Retired Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Flagler School District, FL. There is no single solution to improving learning and closing the gap for disadvantaged children. Rather, improvement is the result of a number of successful practices used together. This valuable resource shows school and district leaders how specific, consistent actions can result in dramatic change and increased student achievement. From stimulating intellectual growth to making decisions based on data, this book provides leader actions and examples of schools where the gap in learning is closing through exceptional leadership, and includes: numerous examples from real schools, offering descriptions and analysis of actions that increase achievement; interviews with successful headteachers that provide a realistic look at the issues involved; a focus on second-order changes, where small improvements can create dramatic rethinking of the organization, the roles of individuals, and the approach to learning; and, ample forms, sample notes, templates, and other materials to get you started. Based on theory, but grounded in practice, this book shows headteachers the specific actions they need to take to drive high levels of student achievement in their schools. (source: Nielsen Book Data)