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Learning to Lead Together
The Promise and Challenge of Sharing Leadership

Edited by:
  • Janet H. Chrispeels - Ph.D., certified clinical psychologist, professor Emeritus, Faculty of Human Sciences, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Ontario and Founder and President of the Ottawa Institute for Obj


April 2004 | 408 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"Too often the response to good ideas is 'it won't work here.' This book respects that perspective by providing school leaders with studies from the field that describe efforts that have and have not worked. The concept of shared leadership is presented in a 'real world' context, including the voices of those who don't want it. The reader will develop a better understanding of what true collaboration can look like along with the challenges leaders may face as the culture of their school adapts to change."
—Stephen Gruenert, Indiana State University

"Learning to Lead Together connects leadership theory with experiences from the field—it is very useful to practitioners and to individuals preparing for formal school leadership positions."
—Albert H. Fein, Gonzaga University

"Janet Chrispeel's Learning to Lead Together provides a rich anthology of real experiences of school based leaders caught in the vortex of leading and learning on the one hand and teaching and leading on the other. I highly recommend this new work to students seeking real answers to real problems."
—James C. Moulton, Jr., Consulting Principal, Fairfax County Public Schools

Learning to Lead Together: The Promise and Challenge of Sharing Leadership examines the dilemmas for school leaders and administrators, and the benefits for schools and students, when principals work with teachers (and their communities) to share leadership. Most schools function within existing hierarchical structures that contradict and undermine many of the conditions necessary for shared leadership. Current school reform initiatives and policies urge or require that teachers be actively involved in decision-making without addressing systemic dilemmas and paradoxes. 

Through real-life single and multiple case studies, Learning to Lead Together addresses how principals and their staffs struggle with the challenge of shared leadership, how they encourage teacher growth and development, and how shared leadership can lead to higher levels of student learning. The cases show how shared leadership, a powerful adaptive change, is socially constructed across contexts and evolves as teachers and principals learn how to work together. The book also illustrates how principal preparation and professional development programs that utilize problem-based learning and provide opportunities for genuine collaboration with colleagues can provide school leaders with the skills they need to share leadership and accountability effectively.

This book is ideally suited as a supplemental text for courses in educational leadership and administration. School administrators, superintendents, and principals will also find this an invaluable reference.


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgements
 
About the Editor
 
About the Contributors
 
Part I: Providing the Context
Janet H. Chrispeels
1. The Dynamics of Sharing and Distributing Leadership
 
Part II: Case Studies of Principals Sharing Leadership
Peggy H. Burke and Mary Cavalier
2. Changing the Culture of a Middle School: A Narrative Examination of a New Principal's Implementation of Shared Leadership
Vishna A. Herrity and Pat Morales
3. Creating Meaningful Opportunities for Collaboration
David Burke and Ian Mitchell
4. Reflections on Practice: An Administrator's 16-Year Journey to Promote Teacher Leadership and Learning
Kathleen J. Martin and Janet H. Chrispeels
5. A Middle School Strives to Achieve Team Leadership Through Opposition and Uncertainty
Shiou-Ping Shiu, Janet H. Chrispeels and Robin Endacott Doerr
6. Evolving Roles and Sharing Leadership: The Path of One Leadership Team
 
Part III: Cross-Case Studies of Shared Leadership
Maureen Yep and Janet H. Chrispeels
7. Sharing Leadership: Principals' Perceptions
Peggy H. Burke
8. Lessons Learned About Sustainable Results in Urban Middle Schools:
Four Principals and Their Reflection on the Process of Change
Deborah H. McDonald and John L. Keedy
9. Principals Conceptualize the Development of Teacher Leaders: A Cross-Case Study of Shared Leadership in High-Poverty Kentucky Schools
S David Brazer
10. Principal Choice and Teacher Participation in Site-Based Management: Four Schools Implement One Policy
Alma Harris
11. Successful Leadership in Schools Facing Challenging Circumstances: No Panaceas or Promises
 
Part IV: Preparing School Leaders for Shared Leadership
David Frost and Judy Durrant
12. Supporting Teachers' Leadership: What Can Principals Do? A Teacher's Perspective From Research
Joseph I. Castro
13. Promoting Leadership Development and Collaboration in Rural Schools
Edwin M. Bridges
14. Problem-Based Learning and Its Role in Preparing School Leaders for Collaboration
 
Part V: Conclusions
Janet H. Chrispeels
15. Sharing Leadership: Learning From Challenge - Aiming Toward Promise
 
Name Index
 
Subject Index

“Too often the response to good ideas is ‘it won’t work here.’ This book respects that perspective by providing school leaders with studies from the field that describe efforts that have and have not worked. The concept of shared leadership is presented in a ‘real world’ context, including the voices of those who don’t want it. The reader will develop a better understanding of what true collaboration can look like along with the challenges leaders may face as the culture of their school adapts to change.”

Stephen Gruenert
Indiana State University

Learning to Lead Together connects leadership theory with experiences from the field, it is very useful to practitioners and to individuals preparing for formal school leadership positions.

Albert H. Fein
Gonzaga University

“Janet Chrispeel’s Learning to Lead Together provides a rich anthology of real experiences of school based leaders caught in the vortex of leading and learning on the one hand and teaching and leading on the other. I highly recommend this new work to students seeking real answers to real problems.”

James C. Moulton, Jr.
Consulting Principal, Fairfax County Public Schools
Key features
  • The text covers a timely topic. This is the first text to explore the importance of principals sharing and distributing leadership.  Until recently, most of the focus has been on teachers and collaborative leadership building.
  • Through real-life single and multiple case studies, the text addresses how principals and their staffs struggle with the challenge of shared leadership, and how they attain some of the promise leading to teacher growth and development, as well as to higher levels of student learning.
  • The cases in the text provide pre-service principals and administrators with excellent examples of the real-life applications of various theoretical concepts.
  • A variety of models and approaches of shared and distributed leadership are presented in school, district, and regional contexts, allowing students to see the commonalities that these settings share, as well as the differences between them.
  • The text discusses strategies that principals use to share leadership and the impact that those strategies have on teachers, school culture, and learning opportunities for students.
  • Examples of preparation programs and the support that teachers want, if shared leadership is to be effectively implemented to meet student needs, provide future principals with the tools and insight that they need to be successful.

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