NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: ED564145
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
Pages: 148
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 93
ISBN: 978-1-4166-2136-2
Leading with Focus: Elevating the Essentials for School and District Improvement
Schmoker, Mike
In his 2011 ASCD best-seller "Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning," author Mike Schmoker described a fresh approach to K-12 teaching built on three core elements: a focused and coherent curriculum; clear, structured lessons; and purposeful reading and writing, or authentic literacy. Now, in "Leading with Focus," he shows administrators, principals, and other education leaders how to apply his model to the work of running schools and districts. In this companion to his previous book, Schmoker offers: (1) An overview of the case for simple, focused school and district leadership--demonstrating its power for vastly improving the work of teachers and leaders; (2) Examples of real schools and districts that have embraced focused leadership--and the incredible results for student learning; and (3) A practical, flexible, and easy-to-follow implementation guide for ensuring focused leadership in schools and districts. All students deserve to learn in schools where educators eschew distractions and superfluous activities to concentrate on what's most important. To that end, this book is an essential resource for leaders ready to streamline their practice and focus their efforts on radically improving student learning. Two appendices are included: (1) The Elements of Effective Lessons; and (2) Prototype Curriculum Templates.
ASCD. 1703 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311-1714. Tel: 800-933-2723; Tel: 703-578-9600; Fax: 703-575-5400; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Books
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: ASCD