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Handbook of Instructional Leadership

Handbook of Instructional Leadership
How Successful Principals Promote Teaching and Learning

Second Edition

November 2003 | 248 pages | Corwin

Updated Edition of Bestseller!

Build a learning community of teachers and students through mastering the art of effective leadership!

The first edition of this classic text was based on a landmark study in which the authors surveyed over 800 K-12 teachers to find how the best principals encourage teacher growth and professionalism. The answers provided conclusive evidence that the most successful principals act as instructional leaders who advocate teacher development that enhances students' learning. The updated and expanded second edition presents new research by the Blases, along with the most recent research and insights to support the text's groundbreaking theory.

Successful instructional leaders inspire their staff to develop "professional learning communities" dedicated to effective teaching practices. New to the second edition is an in-depth analysis that shows principals how to achieve this goal. Also new are additional figures, models, and reading lists that enrich the text's original findings.

Time-tested practices of instructional leadership are still central features. Principals can use these keys to success to:

  • Build teachers' trust through continual communication
  • Encourage teachers to continue their self-improvement efforts
  • Motivate teachers with constructive feedback
  • Promote and participate in reflective practices
  • Support and encourage teachers' professional development

Encourage your teachers to be their best through supportive collaboration and communication. Practice real instructional leadership and develop a "professional learning community" in which effective teaching promotes continued learning.

Stephen P. Gordon

About the Authors
Part I. The Art and Science of Instructional Leadership
1. The Craft of Teacher Supervision
Our Study

The Instructional Supervision Legacy: From Control to Collaboration

Research on Instructional Supervision

Current Issues in the Field

2. The Conference: Heart of Instructional Supervision
Successful Approaches

Research on Instructional Conferences

Our Findings


3. Staff Development: Promoting Professional Growth
Research on Teaching and Learning

How Do Teachers Learn? Principles That Shape Staff Development

Our Findings: The Lifelong Study of Teaching and Learning

PSSSSST! Redesign

Tips for Leaders


4. Reflection: Encouraging Critical Study
The Need for Reflective Practice

Related Research and the Development of Frameworks for Reflective Thinking

Approaches to Reflective Supervision

Our Study: Characteristics of Teacher Reflection

Principal Behaviors Fostering Reflection in Teachers and the Benefits to Teachers

Cognitive Coaching: Bridge to Reflection

Encouraging Reflection: Helpful Reminders

Portrait of a Facilitator for Reflective Practice

Part II. How Supervisors' Behaviors - Positive and Negative - Affect Teachers
5. Being Visible Versus Interrupting and Abandoning
Visibility by Wandering Around

Interruption of Class Instruction


6. Praising Versus Criticizing

Criticism: More About Control

7. Extending Autonomy Versus Maintaining Control
Extending Autonomy

The Control Orientation and Instructional Leadership

Other Aspects of Control

Goals of Principals' Control Orientation

The Abusive Control Orientation: The Worst of All


8. Conclusion: The Successful Instructional Leader
What, Then, Is Successful Instructional Leadership or Supervision?

Successful Leadership Vis-à-vis Instruction

Tips for Principals

Linking Instructional Leadership to the Development of a Professional Learning Community

9. Instructional Leadership: A Bridge to the Development of a Professional Learning Community
Recruiting for a Professional Learning Community

Professional Learning Communities: Findings From Research

Suggestions for Expanding Successful Instructional Leadership to Develop a Professional Learning

Everyone an Academic Leader

More to Learn: A Final Word

Resource: Research Method and Procedures

it suited the course
it had practical information

Professor Michelle Prytula
Educational Administration, Univ of Saskatchewan
February 14, 2012
Key features
  • Biggest seller in instructional leadership
  • This book is specifically intended for K-12 principals, but will appeal to higher education as well
  • Written by two of Corwin's bestselling authors
  • This book is widely known and recognized by instructional leadership experts in the country
  • Good book for Sage Education to promote in administration

In this expanded second edition of the Handbook of Instructional Leadership the authors include findings from recent research, literature, and national reports as well as additional figures, models, tips, and reading lists. In the new, final chapter the authors integrate findings about successful instructional leadership with extant research on professional learning communities and constructivist leading and learning.

The authors conclude that "we have not yet achieved a full understanding of myriad related issues such as adult growth, career development, reflective thinking, power elements of interaction among educators, coaching, constructivist leading and learning, and development of professional learning communities. Refreshingly, the continuing study of instructional leadership, partially illuminated by such work as this, is testament to the essence of all who work in our field as teachers, leaders, and researchers: It is a matter of lifelong learning."

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