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Bryan Goodwin & Greg Cameron with Heather Hein
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What makes a great school leader? Contrary to what many believe, the answer is not tied to a certain kind of personality but to specific behaviors and actions that have positive effects on student achievement—behaviors and actions that any school leader can learn and put into practice.
Over the last decade, thousands of school principals have done that, by implementing balanced leadership, an approach that recognizes the need to both maintain and challenge the status quo in order to move schools forward.
Building on the analysis that was first reported in School Leadership That Works, the authors of Balanced Leadership identify the 21 responsibilities associated with effective leadership and show how they relate to three overarching responsibilities:
For each of these areas, key points and specific practices are described in detail and illustrated with stories from school principals who have successfully learned how to become great leaders. Step-by-step tools provide clear guidance for readers who are ready to make the same kind of journey—one with the potential to transform them and the schools they serve.
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"What this text does, that many others don't, is rely more on research and meta-analyses than anecdotes and experiences (not that there is anything wrong with that). This is helpful for me as I want to be able to see the quantifiable along with the qualitative when doing my work. The authors point out 21 leadership strategies that research has shown positively impact student achievement, and while written primarily for building leaders, the roles, strategies, and visuals provided and explored can be used for both leading students and leading adults."
—Fred Ende in "Leading with research in mind," SmartBlog on Education (Reprinted with permission)
BRYAN GOODWIN is the president and CEO of McREL International, a Denver-based nonprofit education research and development organization. Goodwin, a former teacher and journalist, has been at McREL for 15 years, serving previously as Chief Operating Officer and Director of Communications and Marketing. He has authored or coauthored several books, including Simply Better: Doing What Matters Most to Change the Odds for Student Success, The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching: A Checklist for Staying Focused Every Day, and The Future of Schooling: Educating America in 2020. Goodwin writes a monthly research column for Educational Leadership and presents research findings and insights to audiences across the United States and in Canada and Australia.
GREG CAMERON is a former executive director at McREL International, where he provided oversight and support for McREL’s school-level leadership work. For more than 10 years, he served on the organization’s leadership design and developmental team, designing and facilitating high-quality professional development for school leaders across the United States and around the world. Previously, he was an elementary school principal, an assistant principal, and a middle and high school classroom teacher.
HEATHER HEIN is a communications consultant at McREL. For the past decade, she has written and edited a variety of publications and materials that engage educators in McREL's work. Hein has taught English as a second language to adults and has worked as a journalist; she now serves as managing editor of McREL's magazine, Changing Schools, and provides editorial support and guidance for the organization.
principal effectiveness and evaluation | professional development | school and district management | school climate and culture | school improvement efforts
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