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Table of Contents | Reviews | About the Author
As principals, we push ourselves to learn, grow, and innovate because our role remains in a state of flux. When it comes to leadership, though, it's imperative that we focus on growing a vitally important resource in the school—our teachers.
Igniting Teacher Leadership is written for busy school leaders who want to foster learning and growth not only for students but also for teachers. Effective leadership is vital in creating a culture of collaboration, modeling continuous improvement, and developing enhanced engagement throughout the building.
In short, effective leadership leads to better teachers, who in turn design more powerful learning experiences, empower students, and create better schools.
Experienced school leader and author William Sterrett offers strategies and examples for fostering teacher leadership, facilitating professional learning, and promoting "growing habits" to help translate key points into practical action steps. Sterrett has also written Insights Into Action: Successful School Leaders Share What Works and Short on Time: How do I make time to lead and learn as a principal?
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"Once you believe in enhancing teacher leadership, the next question is how? Drawing on his vast experience as a teacher, principal, author and consultant, Bill Sterrett provides many practical suggestions, tips, and resources for energizing individuals' leadership capacities—not only for staff and community but also for students as leaders of the future."
—Arthur L. Costa
"This thoughtful, practical book shares leadership strategies that are simple but incredibly effective. Sterrett envisions the principal's role is to develop the collective effort of teachers through engaging them in dialogue, professional development, and problem solving where the student is always at the center. A great read and a great set of tools that can be immediately put to use."
"Process. Practice. Produce. This is what effective school leaders do with efficiency. This book is a practical guide for administrators to process key strategies for developing teacher leadership, put those strategies into practice, and produce lasting results for teachers and students."
—Kimberly James, 2010 Milken Educator,
assistant principal, Guilford County Schools, North Carolina
"As a building principal, it is important to harness all the leadership potential within the school. This book gives strategies to build teacher leadership. You will walk away with fabulous ideas that you can implement in your own school."
—Kris Mitzner, principal, Winborn Elementary, Texas
"From a teacher's perspective, this book is a must read for any leader that wants to empower teachers and help them reach their full potential through effective feedback, reflection, collaboration and healthy habits in and out of school."
—Kevin Parr, 4th grade teacher, Washington
WILLIAM STERRETT serves as an associate professor and program coordinator at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Previously, as a principal in Virginia, Sterrett received the 2008 Milken National Educator Award. He is the author of the ASCD books Insights Into Action: Successful School Leaders Share What Works and Short on Time: How do I make time to lead and learn as a principal? Sterrett can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed on Twitter at @billsterrett.
principal leadership | teacher effectiveness and evaluation | instructional leadership
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