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Connecting Leadership with Learning: A Framework for Reflection, Planning, and Action
Michael A. Copland & Michael S. Knapp
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What kind of leadership makes learning possible for all students? How can school leaders help teachers increase their knowledge and improve their instructional abilities? What actions should leaders take to ensure that learning occurs? In Connecting Leadership with Learning: A Framework for Reflection, Planning, and Action, Michael A. Copland and Michael S. Knapp give educational leaders a new way to answer these questions and find solutions perfect for their particular school environment.
Copland and Knapp assert that far too many educational leaders are struggling with outdated curricula, demands that don’t align with their school or district goals, and professional meetings that are high on complaints but low on solutions. Instead of prescribing a linear or rigid approach, the authors encourage educators to be attentive and tune into their leadership actions by using the Leading for Learning Framework. The framework provides different vantage points to help leaders reflect on their strengths and weaknesses, plan for improvement, and take actions to foster learning for students, teachers and professionals, and school and district leaders. The Leading for Learning Framework will empower leaders to
Establish a focus on equitable learning
Build professional communities
Engage communities and external partnerships
Act strategically and share leadership
Create coherence in their leadership actions
The book includes extended case studies, descriptions of 23 different leadership "pathways," and many examples from schools and districts that show the Leading for Learning Framework in action.
There is no magic formula for great school leadership, but Copland and Knapp conclude that magic can happen when leaders reframe their efforts to focus more clearly on learning.
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About the Authors
MICHAEL A. COPLAND is currently assistant professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the College of Education at the University of Washington (UW). His previous roles include classroom teacher, assistant principal, and principal, all in middle schools in Washington state. Dr. Copland has extensive experience with the preparation and professional development of prospective and practicing school and district leaders.
MICHAEL S. KNAPP is currently a professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and director of the Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy, in the College of Education at the University of Washington (UW). His work as a practitioner includes classroom teaching, work in a junior high school guidance department, curriculum development with the Education Development Center, teacher and administrator training both domestically and abroad, and administrative work in the central office of a multicampus community college district.
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