ERIC Number: ED472619
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
The Instructional Leadership Toolbox: A Handbook for Improving Practice.
Gupton, Sandra Lee
This book offers a set of metaphorical, cognitive tools to assist educators in growing professionally and to hone their teaching and learning skills in their own unique settings. Chapter 1 helps the reader understand the importance that all educators, especially principals as instructional leaders, possess and strategically use an internal compass when making decisions. Chapter 2 deals with the importance of school leaders being reflective and well-read about today's leadership issues, such as understanding accountability and standards for 21st-century school principals, and being up-to-date and aware of a principal's key role in instructional leadership. Chapter 3 is about basic processes and products that guide the daily operation of the school and channel its energy most appropriately toward students and learning. Chapter 4 provides insight into ensuring that a school's culture is positive and centered on teaching and learning. Chapter 5 focuses on communication conduits. Reflective practice, supportive supervision, and cooperative evaluation are main topics of chapter 6. Chapter 7 emphasizes the instructional leadership lens in guiding one's work and decision-making. Chapter 8 covers the tools of accountability. Chapter 9 focuses on proactive leadership for school improvement. Chapter 10 returns focus to the leader as an individual, rounding out the importance of self-understanding. (Contains 177 references.) (RT)
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Administrator Guides, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Leadership, Leadership Training, Principals, Professional Development, Self Concept, Self Concept Measures, Self Evaluation (Individuals)
Corwin Press Inc. 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320 (paperback: ISBN-0-7619-7826-7, $29.95; hardcover: ISBN-0-7619-7825-9, $65.95). Tel: 805-499-9774; Tel: 800-818-7243 (Toll Free); Fax: 805-499-0871; Fax: 800-583-2665 (Toll Free); Web site: http://www.corwinpress.com.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Administrators
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