1st Edition

The Strategy Playbook for Educational Leaders
Principles and Processes

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ISBN 9780367331702
December 15, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
136 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This how-to resource provides leaders with a concrete framework for a strategic improvement plan, helping educators link the "principles" to "processes" of planning. Packed with key takeaways and additional resources, this book provides the concrete tools to design a strong strategy for improvement and enables educational leaders to think constructively about why we plan, what an effective strategic plan should contain, and how to create meaningful dialogue to support plan development, implementation, and monitoring for continuous improvement.

The Strategy Playbook for Educational Leaders provides superintendents, central office staff, principals, and teacher leaders with the opportunity to reframe the process of their strategic planning and breathe new life into the activity.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Setting the Stage  1. Strategic Planning for Continuous Improvement  2. What Is Strategy?  Part 2: Getting to Business 3. Building a Strategy  4. Leadership and Creating Conditions for Success  5. Shared Understanding of High-Quality Teaching and Learning  Part 3: Monitoring and Continuous Improvement  6. How Do We Know it is Working?  7. Conclusion

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Isobel Stevenson is a Director at the Connecticut Center for School Change, USA. She has been a district Chief Academic Office, Principal, Assistant Principal, Curriculum Coordinator, and Teacher.

Jennie M. Weiner is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Connecticut, USA. She has worked for Rhode Island Department of Education on issues of school turnaround and capacity building and was a senior research associate for the Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) at the Milken Family Foundation.


"Strategic planning is the graveyard where promising ideas go to die. Put excellent ideas into a strategic planning framework and they will get starved of inspiring language, exhausted after endless meetings, and paralyzed by rigid frameworks and metrics. This book, however, is the antithesis of everything you assumed or imagined about strategic planning. Accessible, practical, and counterintuitive, it knocks traditional assumptions like SMART goals on the head and puts in their place a clear and simple alternative. Strategic planning, it turns out, is about actually doing something that matters, with the people you’ve got or are able to get, in a way that is feasible, and that makes perfect sense. If you want to bring strategic planning back from the dead and enliven your school’s improvement plans, this is the book for you."
—Andy Hargreaves, Research Professor, Boston College