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Distributed Leadership in Schools

A Practical Guide for Learning and Improvement, 1st Edition

By John A. DeFlaminis, Mustafa Abdul-Jabbar, Eric Yoak

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206 pages

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Building on best practices and lessons learned, Distributed Leadership in Schools shows educators how to design and implement distributed leadership to effectively address challenges in their schools. Grounded in case studies and full of practical tools, this book lays out a framework for building strategic, collaborative, and instructionally-focused teams. Supported by voices of practitioners and based upon original research, this comprehensive resource shares concrete strategies, tips, and tools for creating teams that are skilled at using data to plan and monitor their work, and successful in facilitating change to improve student learning. This innovative method will aid leader development and facilitate reflection, and will reshape leadership practice in a way that benefits teachers, leaders, schools, and students.

Reviews

"Once in a lifetime, a book comes along that fills an important gap between theory and practice. Distributed Leadership in Schools is such a book. For leaders at all levels in the system, this book is not only invaluable, it is also essential."

--Alma Harris, Professor of Educational Leadership and Director of the Institute of Educational Leadership, University of Malaya

"I heartily recommend this book for anyone interested in turning a school around or seeing what it takes to really ‘apply theory.’"

--William A. Firestone, Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy, Rutgers University

"The authors’ insights on leadership and organizational change help readers more fully understand the complexities of how ‘distributing’ school leadership can dramatically improve the culture of schools."

--Joan L. Buttram, Director, Delaware Education Research and Development Center, University of Delaware

"This book provides an excellent model of how to translate education research into best practice."

--Richard Halverson, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"The authors present a comprehensive, practical guidebook for educators who believe in strengths-based leadership. Everyone interested in educational leadership will greatly benefit from this volume."

--Carol Cary, Superintendent of Marple Newtown School District, PA

Table of Contents

FOREWORD

MEET THE AUTHORS

PREFACE

PART 1: A DISTRIBUTED APPROACH TO LEADERSHIP AND LEADER DEVELOPMENT

CHAPTER 1: Distributed Leadership as a Framework for Learning and Practice

CHAPTER 2: Operationalizing Distributed Leadership: The Design, Implementation and Replication of the Program

CHAPTER 3: Leadership Theory into Practice: The Curriculum, Instruction, and Coaching in the Distributed Leadership Program

PART II: DISTRIBUTED LEADERSHIP FOR BUILDING SCHOOL LEADERSHIP CAPACITY

CHAPTER 4: Distributed Leadership Teams: A Model for Team Leadership Development and Building Leadership Capacity in Schools

CHAPTER 5: Scaling Leadership in Schools: The Development of Teacher Leadership Practice in Distributed Leadership Schools

CHAPTER 6: Learning to Trust, Learning to Lead: Implications for Leadership Development and Building Relational Trust in Schools

PART III: DISTRIBUTED LEADERSHIP AND INSTRUCTIONAL IMPROVEMENT

CHAPTER 7: Building Team and School Leadership Capacity: The Strategies and Routines that Work

CHAPTER 8: Tips and Tools for Building School Leadership Capacity for Instructional Improvement

CHAPTER 9: Revisiting the Distributed Leadership Program: Reflecting on Why/How it worked as a Model for Leadership Development

CONCLUSION

Appendices

About the Authors

John A. DeFlaminis is Executive Director of the Penn Center for Educational Leadership, Director of the Distributed Leadership Program, and adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Mustafa Abdul-Jabbar has served as a teacher, school administrator, director of diversity initiatives for schools, and education researcher.

Eric Yoak has served as a teacher, school principal, school district administrator, and in university-based roles aimed at supporting leadership development research and practice. He currently works as a school administrator in a large urban district and teaches courses in leadership and research methods.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General
EDU032000
EDUCATION / Leadership