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ERIC Number: ED527262
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 320
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-4706-2331-2
Linking Leadership to Student Learning
Leithwood, Kenneth; Seashore-Louis, Karen
Jossey-Bass, An Imprint of Wiley
"Linking Leadership to Student Learning" clearly shows how school leadership improves student achievement. The book is based on an ambitious five-year study on educational leadership that was sponsored by The Wallace Foundation. The authors studied 43 districts, across 9 states and 180 elementary, middle, and secondary schools. In this book, Kenneth Leithwood, Karen Seashore Louis, and their colleagues report their findings. They examined leadership at each organizational level in the school system--classroom, school, district, community, and state. Their comprehensive approach to investigating school leadership offers a balanced understanding of how the structures within which leaders operate, shape what they do. The results within will have significant implications for future policy and practice. Following the first chapter, entitled "Leadership and Learning: The Critical Connection", the book is divided into two parts. Part One: School Leadership that Matters for Students, contains the following chapters: (2) Collective Leadership: The Reality of Leadership Distribution Within the School Community (Kenneth Leithwood and Doris Jantzi); (3) Shared and Instructional Leadership: When Principals and Teachers Successfully Lead Together (Karen Seashore Louis and Kyla Wahlstrom); (4) Distributed Leadership in Action: A Complex Pattern of People, Tasks, and Goals (Stephen E. Anderson); (5) Core Practices: The Four Essential Components of the Leader's Repertoire (Kenneth Leithwood); and (6) An Up-Close View of Instructional Leadership: A Grounded Analysis (Kyla Wahlstrom). Part Two: "The Broad and Unique Role of Districts in the School Improvement Business", presents these chapters: (7) How to Harness Family and Community Energy: The District's Role (Molly F. Gordon and Karen Seashore Louis); (8) Confidence for School Improvement: A Priority for Principals (Kenneth Leithwood, Blair Mascall, and Doris Jantzi); (9) Principal Efficacy: District-Led Professional Development (Kenneth Leithwood, Stephen E. Anderson, and Karen Seashore Louis); (10) Succession: A Coordinated Approach to Leadership Distribution (Blair Mascall and Kenneth Leithwood); (11) Data Use: An Exploration from the District to the School (Stephen E. Anderson, Kenneth Leithwood, and Karen Seashore Louis); (12) The "District Difference": A New Perspective on the Local Challenges for Improvement (Stephen E. Anderson and Karen Seashore Louis); (13) Case Studies: District Responses to State Leadership (Karen Seashore Louis, Stephen E. Anderson, and Emanda Thomas). Appended are: (1) Scale Reliability for Variables; and (2) Additional Evidence Related to Chapter Seven. (Contains 14 figures, and 23 tables.)
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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