Differentiating School Leadership
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Differentiating School Leadership
Facing the Challenges of Practice

  • Daniel L. Duke - University of Virginia, USA, Darden-Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education


© 2010 | 160 pages | Corwin

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"Offers a set of extremely useful heuristics, mental models, and organizational checklists with which future and practicing school leaders can analyze leadership situations and take positive, focused action to improve school conditions. The author's gift for narration brings the reader into the case studies and allows you to almost be sitting alongside experienced educational leaders as they ponder about and make decisions concerning critical educational issues. This is highly insightful and helpful for the reader just learning about the complexity of educational leadership and a critical gift for their own future decision making."
—Dan W. Butin, Assistant Dean of Educational Leadership
Cambridge College

"The vignettes, cases, and stories provide insights into what an educational leader at the school level can face each day. These examples lend themselves to professional book study with practicing principals as well as those who aspire to take on that role."
—Michelle Gayle, Principal
Griffin Middle School, Tallahassee, FL

Diagnose your school's critical challenges and apply specific differentiated leadership strategies for improvement!

Whether yours is an urban or a rural school, every setting faces unique types of challenges requiring an appropriate and differentiated response. This book introduces the qualities of differentiated leadership and stresses the importance of understanding that different schools can face very distinct sets of challenges. The author provides principals with an overview of "organizational diagnostics" with guidelines for identifying critical issues and demonstrates how to apply differentiated leadership to four high-level priorities:

  • Preventing school decline
  • Turning around a low-performing school
  • Sustaining improvements
  • Designing a new school
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
Part I. The Challenge of School Decline
 
1. Recognizing the Potential for School Decline
A School on the Brink  
Detecting Vulnerabilities  
The Impact of Inadequate Funding  
The Impact of a Weak Principal  
The Impact of a Change in School Culture  
Meeting the Challenge of School Decline  
Key Lessons and Next Steps  
 
2. Leadership to Prevent School Decline
Leading Schools That Face Demographic Changes  
The Challenges of Changing Demographics  
School Leadership in the Face of Demographic Change  
Key Lessons and Next Steps  
 
Part II. The Challenge of School Turnaround
 
3. Identifying the Characteristics of Low-Performing Schools
A School in Need of Turning Around  
Analyzing the Causes of Low Performance  
Diagnosing School-Based Causes  
Meeting the Challenge of School Turnaround  
Key Lessons and Next Steps  
 
4. Leadership to Turn Around a Low-Performing School
Targeting Key Conditions  
School Turnaround Leadership  
Key Lessons and Next Steps  
 
Part III. The Challenge of Sustaining School Improvement
 
5. Reversing School Failure Is Only the First Step
A Promising Start at Stuart High School  
Determining the Unfinished Agenda  
Meeting the Challenge of Sustained Improvement  
Key Lessons and Next Steps  
 
6. Leadership to Sustain School Improvement
Building Capacity for Sustained Success  
The Challenges of Sustained School Improvement  
Leadership for the Long Haul  
Key Lessons and Next Steps  
 
Part IV. The Challenge of Creating a New School
 
7. Leadership for Students Who Need a Different Learning Environment
Leading by Design  
Meeting the Challenge of Creating a New School  
Key Lessons and Next Steps  
 
Part V. Leadership Lessons
 
8. Why School Leaders Fail
Self-Inflicted Problems  
The Greatest Mistake of All  
 
9. The Implications of Differentiating Leadership
Some Practical Consequences  
Last Word  
 
References
 
Index

"Offers a set of extremely useful heuristics, mental models, and organizational checklists with which future and practicing school leaders can analyze leadership situations and take positive, focused action to improve school conditions. I really appreciated the numerous frameworks for thinking about school reform and the models that clearly differentiated across different school conditions. The author’s gift for narration brings the reader into the case studies and allows you to almost be sitting alongside experienced educational leaders as they ponder about and make decisions concerning critical educational issues. This is highly insightful and helpful for the reader just learning about the complexity of educational leadership and a critical gift for their own future decision making."

Dan W. Butin, Assistant Dean of Educational Leadership
Cambridge College

"Addresses real issues of every school leader. The vignettes, cases, and stories provide important insight into what an educational leader at the school level can be faced with each day. These examples lend themselves to great material for a professional book study with practicing principals as well as those who aspire to take on that role."

Michelle Gayle, Principal
Griffin Middle School, Tallahassee, FL

"Superintendents, curriculum specialists, and teacher leaders will find the information useful and the suggestions easily implemented, to say nothing of the thoughts provoked and the comments generated by those who share the reading."

Stephen Shepperd, Retired Elementary Principal
Kellogg, ID

"Duke's divergence from 'cookie-cutter' leadership theory in [this book] is a result of his extensive work as a researcher and consultant in school transformation and turnaround schools. The simplicity of the message and case studies to illustrate interventions needed in high-priority school settings identified in [this book] provide a practical and insightful look into improving schools."

Glenn Stephen Baete
Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville, Kentucky
School Leadership & Management Vol 31-5

Sample Materials & Chapters

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ISBN: 9781412970501