Leverage LeadershipA Practical Guide to Building Exceptional Schools
Paul Bambrick-Santoyo (Managing Director of Uncommon Schools) shows leaders how they can raise their schools to greatness by following a core set of principles. These seven principles, or "levers," allow for consistent, transformational, and replicable growth. With intentional focus on these areas, leaders will leverage much more learning from the same amount of time investment. Fundamentally, each of these seven levers answers the core questions of school leadership: What should an effective leader do, and how and when should they do it. Aimed at all levels of school leadership, the book is for any principal, superintendent, or educator who wants to be a transformational leader. The book includes 30 video clips of top-tier leaders in action. These videos bring great schools to you, and support a deeper understanding of both the components of success and how it looks as a whole. There are also many helpful rubrics, extensive professional development tools, calendars, and templates. Explores the core principles of effective leadership Author's charter school, North Star Academy in Newark, New Jersey, received the highest possible award given by the U.S. Department of Education; the National Blue Ribbon Print version includes an instructive DVD with 30 video clips to show how it looks in real life. E-book customers: please note that details on how to access the content from the DVD may be found in the e-book Table of Contents. Please see the section: "How to Access DVD Contents" Bambrick-Santoyo has trained more than 1,800 school leaders nationwide in his work at Uncommon Schools and is a recognized expert on transforming schools to achieve extraordinary results.
DVD Contents ix DVD Video Contents xvii Foreword xxi Acknowledgments xxv About the Authors xxvii Introduction 1 PART 1 Instruction 19 1 Data-Driven Instruction 21 The Model Assessment: The Roadmap to Rigor Analysis: Test in Hand, Face to Face Action:Walking theWalk Systems: Lock In Success Turnaround: What to Do First Conclusion: The Right Map to Follow 2 Observation and Feedback 59 The Traditional Model: Observation Adrift Schedule Observation and Feedback Identify Key Action Steps Effective Feedback When Feedback Isn’tWorking: Strategies for Struggling Teachers Accountability: Tools for Keeping Track of It All Turnaround: What to Do First Conclusion: Coaching Teachers Toward Greatness 3 Planning 109 Pitfalls of Planning Yearly Curriculum Planning: Teaching the Right Content Weekly and Daily Lesson Planning: Ensuring Accountability Turnaround: What to Do First Conclusion: Planning Makes Perfect 4 Professional Development 129 What to Teach: Follow the Data How to Teach: Living the Learning Avoiding Common Pitfalls of Poor PD How to Make It Stick: Accountability Turnaround: What to Do First Conclusion: Beyond the Conference Room PART 2 Culture 161 5 Student Culture 163 From Vision to System Practice: Moving from Aspiration to Mastery Maintain and Model: Keeping Culture on Track Evaluating Student Culture Turnaround: Fixing a Broken Culture Conclusion: Small Details, Big Results 6 Staff Culture 189 by Brett Peiser, Contributing Author Five Strategies for a Successful Staff Culture Month-to-Month Excellence Turnaround: From Crisis to Cohesion Conclusion: Getting to ‘‘Teamlyness’’ 7 Managing School Leadership Teams 221 Choosing Leaders Training Your Team Leveraging Leadership Team Meetings: Iron Sharpens Iron EvaluateWhat Matters Most Conclusion: Leader Support, Student Success PART 3 Execution 237 8 Finding the Time 239 Lock In aWeekly Schedule Defend Your Time The Final Step: Manage Tasks Turnaround: Schedule for Success Conclusion: Every Minute Matters 9 The Superintendent’s Guide 267 Train Your Principals Coach Continuously Leverage Principal Teams Turnaround: Support Struggling Schools Conclusion: Succeed at Scale Conclusion: A Brighter Future 285 PART 4 Professional Development Workshops: Overview and Highlights 287 10 Observation and Feedback Workshop 289 11 Leading Planning Workshop 307 12 Leading Professional Development Workshop 319 13 Student Culture Workshop 331 14 Finding the Time Workshop 341 Quick Reference Sheet 351 ISLLC Standards 355 Notes 357 Bibliography 365 Index 369 How to Use the DVD 379
Paul Bambrick-Santoyo is the managing director of the award-winning North Star Academies in Newark, New Jersey. He has trained thousands of school leaders nationwide in his work at Uncommon Schools and as a faculty member for New Leaders. He is also the author of Driven by Data: A Practical Guide to Improve Instruction.
For too long and for too many children our education system has not worked. Yet in the face of these struggles, there are principals, superintendents, and coaches who have built extraordinary schools—not just once, but multiple times. What sets these leaders apart? Leverage Leadership demonstrates that exceptional school leaders succeed because of how they use their time: what they do, and how and when they do it. By consistently using seven core principles or "levers," each minute of their day is leveraged to maximal results. Armed with this insight, this practical guide offers the tools and systems needed to replicate these leaders' success: Drive as much teacher development in a year as most schools do in 20 (instructional levers—Chapters 1-4) Build the habits of mind and heart that can shape a strong school culture (cultural levers—Chapters 5-6) With 30 videos of top-tier leaders in action along with full professional development materials, ready-to-use rubrics, and calendars, Leverage Leadership brings great schools to you—and allows you to create one yourself. "Leverage Leadership offers a clear, detailed blueprint that will give both emerging and veteran leaders new tools for success. When it comes to school leadership, we've all been looking for guidance: now we have it." —Jean-Claude Brizard, chief executive officer, Chicago Public Schools "Bambrick-Santoyo shows that the 'miracles' of great school leadership aren't really miracles at all. Instead, they're the results of precise actions that will dramatically improve any school's instruction and culture, creating extraordinary results for all." —Jean S. Desravines, chief executive officer, New Leaders "Bambrick-Santoyo illuminates the actions and systems used by the best school leaders in the country, and then he shows you how to make them yours. If you are a school leader, or want to become one, then this is the most important book you can own. Read it and use it!" —Mark Murphy, executive director, Vision Network
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