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Leverage Leadership: A Practical Guide to Building Exceptional Schools

Book Description

Paul Bambrick-Santoyo (Managing Director of Uncommon Schools) shows leaders how they can raise their schools to greatness by following a core set of principles. These seven principles, or "levers," allow for consistent, transformational, and replicable growth. With intentional focus on these areas, leaders will leverage much more learning from the same amount of time investment. Fundamentally, each of these seven levers answers the core questions of school leadership: What should an effective leader do, and how and when should they do it.

Aimed at all levels of school leadership, the book is for any principal, superintendent, or educator who wants to be a transformational leader. The book includes 30 video clips of top-tier leaders in action. These videos bring great schools to you, and support a deeper understanding of both the components of success and how it looks as a whole. There are also many helpful rubrics, extensive professional development tools, calendars, and templates.

  • Explores the core principles of effective leadership

  • Author's charter school, North Star Academy in Newark, New Jersey, received the highest possible award given by the U.S. Department of Education; the National Blue Ribbon

  • Print version includes an instructive DVD with 30 video clips to show how it looks in real life. E-book customers: please note that details on how to access the content from the DVD may be found in the e-book Table of Contents. Please see the section: "How to Access DVD Contents"

    Bambrick-Santoyo has trained more than 1,800 school leaders nationwide in his work at Uncommon Schools and is a recognized expert on transforming schools to achieve extraordinary results.

    Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. Praise for Leverage Leadership
    3. Title Page
    4. Copyright
    5. Dedication
    6. How to Access DVD Contents
    7. DVD Contents
      1. Handouts
      2. PowerPoint Presentations
    8. DVD Video Content
    9. Foreword
    10. Acknowledgments
    11. About the Authors
    12. Introduction
      1. A Paradigm Shift: Leveraging Leadership Minute by Minute
      2. Myths of Effective School Leadership
      3. The Seven Levers
      4. A “Practical Guide”: What You'll Find in the Book
      5. Who Should Use This Book, and How
      6. The Path Ahead
    13. Part 1: Instruction
      1. Chapter 1: Data-Driven Instruction
        1. The Model
        2. Assessment: The Roadmap to Rigor
        3. Analysis: Test in Hand, Face to Face
        4. Action: Walking the Walk
        5. Systems: Lock In Success
        6. Turnaround: What to Do First
        7. Conclusion: The Right Map to Follow
      2. Chapter 2: Observation and Feedback
        1. The Traditional Model: Observation Adrift
        2. Schedule Observation and Feedback
        3. Identify Key Action Steps
        4. Effective Feedback
        5. When Feedback Isn't Working: Strategies for Struggling Teachers
        6. Accountability: Tools for Keeping Track of It All
        7. Turnaround: What to Do First
        8. Conclusion: Coaching Teachers Toward Greatness
      3. Chapter 3: Planning
        1. Pitfalls of Planning
        2. Yearly Curriculum Planning: Teaching the Right Content
        3. Weekly and Daily Lesson Planning: Ensuring Accountability
        4. Turnaround: What to Do First
        5. Conclusion: Planning Makes Perfect
      4. Chapter 4: Professional Development
        1. What to Teach: Follow the Data
        2. How to Teach: Living the Learning
        3. Avoiding Common Pitfalls of Poor PD
        4. How to Make It Stick: Accountability
        5. Turnaround: What to Do First
        6. Conclusion: Beyond the Conference Room
    14. Part 2: Culture
      1. Chapter 5: Student Culture
        1. From Vision to System
        2. Practice: Moving from Aspiration to Mastery
        3. Maintain and Model: Keeping Culture on Track
        4. Evaluating Student Culture
        5. Turnaround: Fixing a Broken Culture
        6. Conclusion: Small Details, Big Results
      2. Chapter 6: Staff Culture
        1. Five Strategies for a Successful Staff Culture
        2. Month-to-Month Excellence
        3. Turnaround: From Crisis to Cohesion
        4. Conclusion: Getting to Teamlyness
      3. Chapter 7: Managing School Leadership Teams
        1. Choosing Leaders
        2. Training Your Team
        3. Leveraging Leadership Team Meetings: Iron Sharpens Iron
        4. Evaluate What Matters Most
        5. Conclusion: Leader Support, Student Success
    15. Part 3: Execution
      1. Chapter 8: Finding the Time
        1. Lock in a Weekly Schedule
        2. Defend Your Time
        3. The Final Step: Manage Tasks
        4. Turnaround: Schedule for Success
        5. Conclusion: Every Minute Matters
      2. Chapter 9: The Superintendent's Guide: Managing and Developing Principals for Results
        1. Train Your Principals
        2. Coach Continuously
        3. Leverage Principal Teams
        4. Turnaround: Support Struggling Schools
        5. Conclusion: Succeed at Scale
      3. Conclusion: A Brighter Future
    16. Part 4: Professional Development Workshops: Overview and Highlights
      1. Chapter 10: Observation and Feedback Workshop
        1. What's the Goal?
        2. Who's the Audience?
        3. When to Use It
        4. Workshop Preparation
        5. Complete Workshop Overview
        6. Spotlight on Effective Feedback: An Excerpt from the Full-Length Presenter's Notes
      2. Chapter 11: Leading Planning Workshop
        1. What's the Goal?
        2. Who's the Audience?
        3. When to Use It
        4. Workshop Preparation
        5. Complete Workshop Overview
        6. Spotlight on Leading Planning Meeting: An Excerpt from the Full-Length Presenter's Notes
        7. Video: Diving into Key Lessons.
        8. Practicing Leading Planning
      3. Chapter 12: Leading Professional Development Workshop
        1. What's the Goal?
        2. Who's the Audience?
        3. When to Use It
        4. Workshop Preparation
        5. Complete Workshop Overview
        6. Spotlight on Airtight Activities
        7. Components of Living the Learning
      4. Chapter 13: Student Culture Workshop
        1. What's the Goal?
        2. Who's the Audience?
        3. When to Use It
        4. Workshop Preparation
        5. Abbreviated Workshop Agenda
        6. Workshop Presenter's Notes: An Excerpt
        7. 1.2 Establishing a Vision
      5. Chapter 14: Finding the Time Workshop
        1. What's The Goal?
        2. Who's the Audience?
        3. When to Use It
        4. Workshop Preparation
        5. Complete Workshop Overview
        6. Spotlight on Building Weekly Schedules: An Excerpt from the Full-Length Presenter's Notes
        7. Building Weekly Schedules
    17. Quick Reference Sheet
      1. The Seven Levers
      2. 1. Four Keys to Data-Driven Instruction
      3. 2. Six Steps to Effective Feedback
      4. 3. Effective Planning Meetings
      5. 4. Living the Learning for Professional Development
      6. 5. Four Keys to Student Culture
      7. 6. Strategies for Successful Staff Culture
      8. 7. Leading the Leaders
      9. 8. Finding the Time
    18. ISLLC Standards
    19. Notes
      1. Introduction
      2. Chapter 1
      3. Chapter 2
      4. Chapter 3
      5. Chapter 4
      6. Chapter 5
      7. Chapter 6
      8. Chapter 7
      9. Chapter 8
      10. Chapter 9
    20. Bibliography
    21. Index