Handbook of school improvement : how high-performing principals create high-performing schools
- Blase, Jo Roberts.
- Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Corwin, c2010.
- Physical description
- xxxii, 203 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
LB2822.82 .B54 2010
- Unknown LB2822.82 .B54 2010
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 190-196) and index.
- Acknowledgements About the Authors Preface The Book in Brief Foreword by William Greenfield Foreword by Joseph Hunter Foreword by Susan Usry List of Figures Part I. Administrative Leadership for School Improvement: Action Foci of High-Performing Principals Introduction to Part One of the Handbook What Is a High-Performing School? What Is a High-Performing Principal? The New Challenge of Leadership for School Improvement 1. Learning: Principals of High-Performing Schools Are Models of Learning How Did They Learn? What Did They Learn? High-Performing Principals Learned Summary Tips and Suggestions 2. Modeling: Principals of High-Performing Schools Are Exemplars of the Field's Standards of Leadership Activities for Becoming an Exemplar of Leadership Standards Summary Tips and Suggestions 3. Focusing: Principals of High-Performing Schools Focus on School and Teacher Practices Associated With Increased Student Achievement Jigsaw Activity for School- and Teacher-Level Practices Influencing Student Achievement Summary Tips and Suggestions 4. Leading for Achievement: Principals of High-Performing Schools Lead in Ways That Have Maximum Impact on Student Achievement Summary Tips and Suggestions 5. Improving Instruction: Principals of High-Performing Schools Work With Teachers on the School Mission: They Engage in On-Going, Collaborative Study of School-Wide Instructional Improvement Efforts Summary Tips and Suggestions 6. Developing Systems: Principals of High-Performing Schools Use a "Systems development" Approach to Dispatch With Managerial Responsibilities and to Support Instructional Aspects of Work Use a Systems Development Approach to Create Self-Sustaining Structures Use Time Wisely Plan Well Manage the Budget Efficiently and Effectively Manage the Physical Plant Efficiently and Effectively Prevent Problems from Begetting Problems Summary Tips and Suggestions 7. Empowering: Principals of High-Performing Schools Take an Empowering (Team) Approach to Almost Everything and Create "Learning Communities" in Their School The Leadership Team Summary Tips and Suggestions 8. Hiring: Principals of High-Performing Schools Hire Strong People for Administrative, Faculty, and Staff Positions Know Who You Need Involve Everyone in Hiring Establish Hiring Protocols Correct Hiring Mistakes Summary Tips and Suggestions 9. Using Data: Principals of High-Performing Schools Insist on Using Data to Inform Instructional Decisions Questions About Data Use in Your School Additional Helpful Materials About Data Use Summary Tips and Suggestions Suggested Reading for Further Learning: Administrative Leadership Part II. Instructional Leadership for School Improvement: Goals of High-Performing Principals Introduction to Part Two 10. Teaching and Learning: To Maintain a Focus on Teaching and Learning Summary Tips and Suggestions Culture: To Develop a School-wide Culture That Supports and Sustains Instruction Summary Tips and Suggestions 12. Dialogue: To Establish a Context for Dialogue About Instruction Faculty Meetings: A Sea Change Encouraging Frequent Teacher Dialogue about Collaboration A Note About the Need for Common Planning Time Among Teachers Summary Tips and Suggestions 13. Research: To Reference Research-Based Instructional Elements When Observing Instruction and When Talking With Teachers Element #1: Factors Influencing Achievement Element #2: Planning for Instruction Element #3: Standards-Based Instructional Units Element #4: Components of Instruction Element #5: Student Abilities That Teaching Strategies Should Enhance Element #6: Effective Teaching Practices Across Content Areas Element #7: Ordering and Pacing of Content and Instructional Strategies Element #8: Addressing Diverse Students' Needs Element #9: Use of Technology in Instruction Element #10: Models of Teaching Element #11: Classroom Management (Discipline) Considering the Value of Walk-Throughs Considering Formal Evaluations Summary Tips and Suggestions 14. Development: To Provide Effective, On-Going Professional Learning, a.k.a., Staff Development A Professional Learning Community The Right Approach Going Further A Multitude of Learning Opportunities A Good Use of Money The National Staff Development Council Standards The Special Case of Empowering and Developing Special Education Teachers Professional Learning for Administrative Teams Summary Tips and Suggestions Suggested Reading for Further Learning: Instructional Leadership Part III. Conclusion: Systems Thinking and the Systems Development Approach in Educational Leadership Introduction to Part Three 15. The Importance of Systems Thinking and the "Systems Development" Approach for School Improvement Using the 4C's Model as a Diagnostic and Prescriptive Tool Summary 16. Afterword: A Summary and A Note About Preparation for Educational Leadership References Research Method and Procedures Index.
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- Publisher's Summary
- A complete guide to administrative and instructional leadership, "Handbook of School Improvement" poses two key questions for discussion: 'What is a high-performing school?' and 'What does a head teacher do to create a high-performing school?'. This illuminating text provides answers to those and other critical questions via findings from a ground-breaking study of exceptional head teachers who have created high-performing schools. Reflecting in-depth interviews with 20 head teachers of outstanding or significantly improved schools, the authors discuss individual and group activities that can be used by council and school administrators, staff developers, teachers, and parents working together for school improvement. This resource also presents an array of top resources that include books, articles, Web sites, standards, videos, kits, tools, workbooks, career-planning materials, and interviews with experts.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Publication date
- Jo Blase, Joseph Blase, Dana Yon Phillips ; forewords by William D. Greenfield, Jr., Joseph Hunter, and Susan M. Usry.