How School Leaders Contribute to Student Success

How School Leaders Contribute to Student Success

Author: Kenneth Leithwood

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319509808

Category: Education

Page: 365

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While considerable evidence indicates that school leaders are able to make important contributions to the success of their students, much less is known about how such contributions are made. This book provides a comprehensive account of research aimed at filling this gap in our knowledge, along with guidelines about how school leaders might use this knowledge for their own school improvement work. Leadership practices known to be effective for improving student success are outlined in the first section of the book while the remaining sections identify four “paths” along which the influence of those practices “flow” to exercise an influence on student success. Each of the Rational, Emotional, Organizational and Family paths are populated by conditions or variables known to have relatively direct effects on student success and also open to influence by effective leadership practices. While the Four Path framework narrows the attention of school leaders to a still-considerable number conditions known to contribute to student success, it leaves school leaders the autonomy to select, for improvement efforts, the sub-set of conditions that make the most sense in their own local circumstances. The approach to leadership described in this book provides evidence-based guidance on what to lead and flexibility on how to lead for purposes of improving student learning.

How School Principals Use Their Time

How School Principals Use Their Time

Author: Moosung Lee

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000388374

Category: Education

Page: 254

View: 998

Presenting international evidence, from school systems across the globe, this book documents patterns, causes, and effects of school principals’ time use, building a case for the implications for school improvement, administration, and leadership. This edited volume offers an unparalleled set of chapters that delve into conceptual and methodological issues in researching principals’ time use. Chapters consist of empirical studies that advance fresh perspectives and build empirical ground on how principals use time across different school systems in Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Oceania, and North America. This unique book, is a useful resource for researchers and educators, capturing the geographically diverse contexts of principal time use. This work makes a significant contribution to the field of school improvement, administration, and leadership with both theoretical depth and empirical grounding.

Leading a learning school

Leading a learning school

Author: Loes van Wessum

Publisher: Gompel&Svacina

ISBN: 9789463711395

Category: Education

Page: 152

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Every day, school leaders have to balance different focal points and for attention begging priorities. How can school leaders develop a culture of learning and professional development in their schools? This book offers a sound body of practical experience and theoretical wisdom that helps to come to grips with the challenge to develop a school culture that focuses on collaboration, joint investigation and building a rich learning environment. School leaders tend to answer the questions and to solve the problems of their teachers. However, this book shows that school leaders can create a learning culture not by providing answers, but by asking more questions. By not taking direct action but by taking a good look at the problem, teachers discover better solutions. The authors provide a systematic approach to ask the right questions, which can help teachers to find answers for themselves and to learn. Hence the title of this book: Leading a learning school. Which questions have you asked today?

Cultures of Social Justice Leadership

Cultures of Social Justice Leadership

Author: Pamela S. Angelle

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783030108748

Category: Education

Page: 212

View: 815

This book explores our understanding of school leaders’ actions as they work to enact a socially just school culture. Including unique case studies from around the globe, the editors and contributors examine whether this work is enhanced or diminished by the context in which the school is placed. While the onus of emphasising social justice is placed on the school leader, they must enact this within the micro/meso/macro context of the school setting. Rich in both the unique stories of these schools and their successes and challenges in the enactment of social justice, these global case studies act as a lens for social justice leadership in a variety of regions and at international levels. The global scale combined with detailed analysis of this book will appeal to scholars of education and social justice as well as school leaders and policy makers.

International Perspectives on Leading Low-Performing Schools

International Perspectives on Leading Low-Performing Schools

Author: Coby V. Meyers

Publisher: IAP

ISBN: 9781641133456

Category: Education

Page: 341

View: 295

Research is clear: School leadership quality matters. However, our knowledge of effective school leadership remains limited in at least three substantial ways. First, our understanding of school leadership effectiveness generally and school principal effectiveness specifically is limited to Western contexts, primarily North America and western European ones. Second, even in the confines of Western research and context, there has been relatively little specific focus on effectively leading low-performing schools. Third, even the conceptualization of leadership—do we mean the school principal, an administrative team, or a broader school leadership team—is a key factor in how we define and respond to the challenge of leading in low-performing schools. This book advances discussion and disseminates knowledge and global perspectives on what school leadership looks like, how it is enacted and under what circumstances, and when or where lessons might be portable. We anticipate this book having wide appeal for researchers, policymakers, and practitioners considering school leadership and how to support it effectively. The chapters suggest a noticeable level of convergence globally on how to lead low-performing schools effectively. Yet, there are clear political and culture differences that add significant gradation to how school leaders might enact best practice locally or inform policymakers and systems leaders about how to set up school leaders for success and subsequently support them. This book is one of the first that prioritizes the universality and nuance of leading low-performing schools globally.

Relational Aspects of Parental Involvement to Support Educational Outcomes

Relational Aspects of Parental Involvement to Support Educational Outcomes

Author: William Jeynes

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781000619492

Category: Education

Page: 378

View: 315

Offering contributions from international leaders in the field, this volume builds on empirically informed meta-analyses to foreground relationship-based aspects of parental involvement in children’s education and learning. Chapters explore how factors including parent-child communication, cultural and parental expectations, as well as communication with a child’s teacher and school can impact educational outcomes. By focusing on relationships between parents, teachers, and students, chapter authors offer a nuanced picture of parental involvement in children’s education and learning. Considering variation across countries, educational and non-educational contexts, and challenges posed by parental absence and home schooling, the book offers key insights into how parents, schools, communities, and educators can best support future generations. Using multiple forms of research from the relational perspective, this volume will be of interest to students, scholars, and researchers with an interest in educational psychology as well as child development.

Leadership Development on a Large Scale

Leadership Development on a Large Scale

Author: Kenneth Leithwood

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 9781544342221

Category: Education

Page: 208

View: 944

Effective school leadership can have a transformative impact on the lives of students. Written by one of the foremost scholars in the field. This book draws lessons from one of the most successful long-term educational leadership studies ever conducted to provide actionable advice and specific strategies. Learn how to: Understand the evidence base to design effective leadership development programs and initiatives Support instructional leaders in leading collaborative inquiry approaches to classroom pedagogy to help teachers convey complex ideas to students Establish Principal Learning Teams to help guide school-wide and districtwide decision-making

The Alignment Premium

The Alignment Premium

Author: Brian J Caldwell

Publisher: ACER Press

ISBN: 9781742865034

Category: Education

Page: 254

View: 365

It is time for a new narrative on schools in Australia. Lifting Australia’s performance on international assessments depends on top-class teaching and learning that meets the needs of all students in all settings. The Alignment Premium focuses on how high-performing countries achieve strategic policy alignment, and how school leaders are professionally prepared to play their part. Analysis of approaches used in 13 countries, including most of the world’s top-performers, provides 15 benchmarks against which Australia’s performance is assessed. Findings include: Alignment among different levels of government may be commendable in some respects, but there is much that is coercive, contrived, dysfunctional or illusory. While achieving a top-ten ranking will depend on what occurs in schools, attention should shift to how systems are adapting to support all schools to become as good as Australia’s best. Lack of trust and inertia are serious constraints on efforts to transform Australia’s schools. Programs for professional learning of teachers and school leaders are impressive when assessed against international benchmarks. These should be the top priority. Building on findings in The Autonomy Premium, the focus should be on professional autonomy. The challenge is to design a system in which all those who work in or for schools are fully professional. The Alignment Premium is essential reading for policy-makers, school leaders and researchers who wish to write the new narrative.

Getting It Done

Getting It Done

Author: Karin Chenoweth

Publisher: Harvard Education Press

ISBN: 9781612504339

Category: Education

Page: 224

View: 488

"Getting It Done describes in clear and helpful detail what leaders of successful high-poverty and high-minority schools have done to promote and sustain student achievement. It follows two celebrated books by Karin Chenoweth: “It’s Being Done,” which established that the work of educating all children is possible, and How It’s Being Done, which examined the structures and processes necessary to support academic success. Getting It Done turns to the crucial issue of school leadership, exploring how school leaders have promoted unprecedented levels of school and student achievement. A book that focuses on real leaders—and on the knowledge and skills that they have employed on behalf of heightened achievement—Getting It Done will be essential reading for school leaders, and for all who believe that a successful education can be attained by all students."

Making Schools Smarter

Making Schools Smarter

Author: Kenneth Leithwood

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1412917638

Category: Education

Page: 201

View: 413

"From strategic planning and accountability to restructuring goals, school leaders face a myriad of organizational tasks, each one vying for immediate action. Where to begin and where best to allocate resources become critical questions as the issue of organization becomes more prevalent. The third edition of a powerful bestseller, Making Schools Smarter provides the refined and updated tools to create a workable model for reshaping today's school districts for positive outcomes. This practical guide addresses and helps resolve significant issues in district and school leadership, including: Determining a comprehensive and real image of future schools and districts as professional learning communities Highlighting critical changes for achieving missions and goals Providing school leaders with much-needed tools to demonstrate and improve accountability With No Child Left Behind and increased accountability as powerful reminders of what's at stake, Making Schools Smarter gets to the heart of the argument that smarter schools mean enhanced learning for all."--Publisher's website.