ERIC Number: ED495601
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec-7
Leading Effective Secondary School Reform: Your Guide to Strategies that Work
Loughridge, Mary E.; Tarantino, Loren R.
What is the best way to share leadership duties while creating successful learning communities? What is the best way to help teachers improve their practice while also tracking student achievement? With this resource for effective leadership, answers will be found to these tough questions for every member of a school team. This book takes a practical approach to effecting school change by offering case studies, CBAM materials, and sample agendas to help the change process run smoothly for every teacher and administrator. The authors demonstrate how to successfully implement state and federal mandates by building learning communities based on leadership attributes including: (1) Developing a strong school culture to bond teachers, students, and administrators; (2) Establishing action plans to ensure readiness; (3) Assessing progress to maintain accountability; (4) Using action research to improve schools, teachers, and students; and (5) Effectively observing classrooms to focus on instructional leadership. The challenges that accompany any change process can strain even the strongest organization. Following a preface, this book is divided into three parts: Part I, Vision, presents: (1) School Culture; (2) The Change Process; and (3) The Single School Plan. Part II, Shared Decision Making, continues with: (4) Professional Development; (5) Professional Learning Communities; and (6) Parent Involvement. Part III, Assessment and Accountability concludes with: (7) Action Research; (8) Productive Classroom Observations; and (9) Putting the Pieces Together. Related Websites are appended. An Index is included.
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, School Culture, School Restructuring, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Leadership Effectiveness, Action Research, Accountability, Program Implementation, Educational Planning, Classroom Observation Techniques, Organizational Development, Secondary Schools, Educational Innovation, Educational Strategies, Textbook Content, Book Reviews
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Audience: Teachers; Administrators
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