1st Edition

Strategies for Developing and Supporting School Leaders Stepping Stones to Great Leadership

By Karen L. Sanzo Copyright 2016
    154 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    154 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    154 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    Strategies for Developing and Supporting School Leaders assists personnel in school districts to deliver appropriate development and support practices for aspiring and current school leaders. This book explores a variety of research-based and best-practice processes that can be implemented in school districts to prepare leaders to meet the technical and adaptive demands of school leadership and the needs of a diverse student population. Sanzo lays out a cohesive framework of key processes and activities that range from the very simple and immediately implementable, to the more complex and nuanced. Providing both the "how," and "why," this important resource shares ideas, strategies, tools, and systems to develop effective and meaningful professional learning opportunities to help promote highly effective schools and districts.


    Chapter 1 - Developing Great Leaders

    Chapter 2 - Creating a Leadership Development System

    Chapter 3 – Leadership Development Pathways

    Chapter 4 - Partnering for Success

    Chapter 5 - Growing Your Own Model: Aspiring Leaders

    Chapter 6 - Growing Your Own Model: Current Leaders

    Chapter 7 - Mentoring and Coaching

    Chapter 8 - Additional Features of a Leadership Development System

    Chapter 9 - Adding to Your Leadership Development Toolkit



    Karen L. Sanzo is Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of the Educational Leadership Program at Old Dominion University, USA. She is also the Director of the School Leadership Preparation and Development Network and assists Virginia schools and districts with leadership preparation development and formative assessment leadership. Recipient of 2019 Master Professor Award from University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA).

    "Now more than ever our districts and CMOs need solid school leaders who can scale and sustain conditions for effective teaching and learning. Therefore, it’s imperative that our school systems strengthen their approaches to developing and supporting school leaders. Strategies for Developing and Supporting School Leaders offers a solid framework, tools, and stories from the field that system leaders will find extremely useful!"

    --Frederick Brown, Deputy Executive Director, Learning Forward

    "Quality leadership is essential to educational excellence and equity, making the preparation, selection and development of educational leaders critical. However, the development of principals is rarely prioritized due to lack of funds, expertise and competing district priorities. This book breathes life into this issue, offering research- and practice-based insight into why districts must take up the issue of school leadership development and how districts can build a strong and growth-oriented leadership pipeline. Of equal importance, Sanzo provides processes, strategies and tools that districts leaders can adopt or adapt as they grow and/or enrich their own leadership development programs."

    --Michelle Young, Executive Director of UCEA and Professor of Educational Leadership at University of Virginia


    "Many school districts, regardless of size, take a shotgun approach to growing leaders and frequently rely on higher education for succession planning. Sanzo's extensive experience in partnering with school districts to create an effective professional development system for school leaders is clearly spelled out in this book. As central office leaders look to fill an increasing number of vacancies in educational leadership positions, Sanzo's book serves as an excellent resource and roadmap that provides realistic strategies to ensure that candidate pools contain an adequate number of highly qualified individuals." 

    --John A. Caggiano, Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction , Hampton City Schools, VA