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Keeping the Leadership in Instructional Leadership

Developing Your Practice, 1st Edition

By Linda L. Carrier

Routledge

114 pages

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Description

In a high-stakes and testing-focused school climate, principals strive to develop and refine the skills that will make them effective instructional leaders. This book discusses how a narrow focus on day-to-day operations and management can limit the potential for effective instructional leadership by drawing attention away from the behaviors and interpersonal skills that enable school administrators to succeed. Building on stories from experienced principals in school districts across the country, author Linda L. Carrier offers practical tips and strategies for restoring the human dynamic of instructional leadership. Keeping the Leadership in Instructional Leadership: Developing Your Practice is designed to facilitate personal reflection and conversation about leadership practice, and its advice will empower principals and administrators to transform their schools into highly engaged communities of learners.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

 

Chapter 1: The Challenge of Instructional Leadership

 

The School Principal

 

Redefining the Focus of Principals: Standards-based reform

 

The Journey to Instructional Leadership

 

To Be or Not To Be: The Moral Purpose

 

Questions for Reflection and Discussion

 

Chapter 2: The Practice of Instructional Leadership

 

Management versus Leadership

 

The Practice of Instructional Leadership: An Introduction

 

Instructional

 

Focused on Learning

 

High Expectations

 

Data-based Decision Making

 

Developing Communities around a Single Vision and Mission

 

No One Way

 

Leadership

 

Questions for Reflection and Discussion

 

Chapter 3: The Work of the Principal

 

Focuses on Learning

 

Communicates High Expectations

 

Data-based Decision Making

 

Facilitates a Single Vision and Mission

 

No Two Alike

 

Questions for Reflection and Discussion

 

Chapter 4: The Leadership of the Principal

 

Authentic to Self

 

Fearlessness

 

Personally Humble and Modest

 

How Can I Develop My Leadership?

 

Mindfulness

 

Personal Reflection

 

Coaching

 

Questions for Reflection and Discussion

 

Chapter 5: Overcoming Perceived Barriers

 

Personal vision and mission

 

Potential Barriers to Developing a Holistic Practice of Instructional Leadership

 

The Positive and Negative Impacts of Policy

 

Accountability Policy

 

Performance Evaluation Policy

 

The New England Models

 

Community Conformity

 

Questions for Reflection and Discussion

 

Chapter 6: Keeping the Leadership in Your Practice

 

Advocating for Effective Practice

 

Developing District Level Support for Instructional Leadership

 

Educating and Working with Policy Makers

 

Working with Institutes of Higher Education and Professional Development

Providers.

 

Pausing the Conversation

 

Questions for Reflection and Discussion

 

References

 

 

About the Author

Linda L. Carrier, Ed.D., is Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Graduate Program Advisor at Plymouth State University, USA.

Subject Categories

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