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.
Table of Contents
MEET THE AUTHORS
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
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.
"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