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Leading Every Day

Actions for Effective Leadership Third Edition

Joyce Kaser WestEd
Susan Mundry WestEd
Katherine E. Stiles WestEd
Susan Loucks-Horsley WestEd
© 2013   288 pages   Corwin   

A Joint Publication With WestEd

Complimentary Review Copy
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Paperback ISBN: 9781452260938 $41.95
Ebook ISBN: 9781452277608
Book One: Leadership Every Day
Day 1: We Are All Leaders
Day 2: Effective Leadership Practices
Day 3: Making Conscious Choices
Day 4: Committing to a Moral Imperative
Day 5: Using Power Appropriately
Day 6: Building Shared Vision
Day 7: Promoting Diversity
Day 8: Leading For Results
Day 9: Using Habits to Our Advantage
Day 10: Generating and Sharing Knowledge
Day 11: Keeping a Client-Centered Focus
Day 12: Recognizing and Celebrating Success
Day 13: Networking
Day 14: Embracing Innovative Thinking
Day 15: Aligning Actions and Beliefs
Day 16: Examining Your Culture
Day 17: Building a Trusting Climate
Day 18: Collaborative Leadership
Day 19: Building Relationships
Day 20: Trying Something New
Day 21: Coping with Ambiguity, Change, and Confusion
Day 22: Leading Through Crisis
Day 23: Balancing Leadership and Management
Day 24: Living with Paradox
Day 25: Paying Attention to Leadership Actions and Traits
Day 26: Getting Support
Day 27: Asking Good Questions
Day 28: Finding Win/Win Solutions
Day 29: Modeling Leadership
Day 30: Ethical Leadership
Day 31: Doing the Right Thing
Book Two: Leading Change
Day 1: Change as a Process
Day 2: Change Happens in People First
Day 3: The Impact of Change
Day 4: Moving through the Stages of Change-Concerns
Day 5: Moving through the Stages of Change-Behavior
Day 6: Change as Continuous Improvement
Day 7: Speed of Change
Day 8: The Missing Piece in Change
Day 9: Balancing Constants and Change
Day 10: Recognizing Assumptions
Day 11: Crafting a Shared Vision
Day 12: Mission and Goals
Day 13: Motivating Others
Day 14: Planning for Change
Day 15: Origins of Change
Day 16: Accepting Loss
Day 17: Dealing with Disappointment
Day 18: Change and Resilience
Day 19: Facing Problems
Day 20: Neutralizing Resistance
Day 21: Capitalizing on Resistance
Day 22: Knowing Your Constituents
Day 23: Managing Multiple Change Efforts
Day 24: Systems Thinking
Day 25: Examining Change History
Day 26: The Downside of Change
Day 27: Building Ownership for Change
Day 28: Individuals as Agents of Change
Day 29: Self-Assessment as a Change Leader
Day 30: Sustaining Individual Leadership
Day 31: Initiating, Implementing, and Institutionalizing Change
Book Three: Leading Learning Communities
Day 1: Leading Communities of Learning
Day 2: Leading Learning in Organizations
Day 3: Building Cultural Proficiency
Day 4: Powerful Learning Experiences
Day 5: How People Learn
Day 6: Transformative Learning
Day 7: Transforming Situational Learning
Day 8: Defining Expertise
Day 9: Characteristics of Effective Professional Learning
Day 10: Aligning Beliefs and Behaviors
Day 11: Designing Professional Development
Day 12: Committing to Vision and Standards
Day 13: Using Data to Guide Professional Development Designs
Day 14: Inputs into Professional Development Design
Day 15: Knowledge and Beliefs in Science and Mathematics
Day 16: Professional Development in Context
Day 17: Critical Issues to Consider
Day 18: Ensuring Equity
Day 19: Strategies for Professional Learning
Day 20: Selecting and Combining Strategies
Day 21: Professional Development for Student Impact
Day 22: Balancing Philosophy and Pragmatism
Day 23: Incorporating Reflexive Practice
Day 24: Reaching Everyone or Scaling Up
Day 25: Team Learning
Day 26: Sharing Knowledge and Capturing Lessons Learned
Day 27: Using Program Logic Models
Day 28: Achieving Realistic Outcomes
Day 29: Gathering Evaluation Data
Day 30: Leading Learning by Example
Day 31: Taking Responsibility for Learning
Book Four: Leading Effective Groups
Day 1: Leading Groups
Day 2: Four Roles of Group Leaders
Day 3: Group Norms of Collaboration
Day 4: Group Norm #1—Pausing
Day 5: Group Norm #2—Paraphrasing
Day 6: Group Norm #3—Posing Questions
Day 7: Group Norm #4—Putting Ideas on the Table
Day 8: Group Norm #5—Providing Data
Day 9: Group Norm #6—Paying Attention to Self and Others, Verbal Communication
Day 10: Group Norm #6—Paying Attention to Self and Others, Nonverbal Communication
Day 11: Group Norm #7—Presuming Positive Intentions
Day 12: Dialogue Versus Discussion
Day 13: Dialogue as Reflective Learning Process
Day 14: Eliciting Participation From Everyone
Day 15: Cultural Proficiency
Day 16: Establishing Clear Roles and Functions
Day 17: Structuring an Effective Meeting
Day 18: Providing Logistical Supports
Day 19: Setting Up the Meeting Room
Day 20: Group Decision Making
Day 21: Reaching Consensus
Day 22: Giving Feedback
Day 23: Receiving Feedback
Day 24: Handling Problems
Day 25: Options for Resolving Conflict
Day 26: Conflict as Opportunity
Day 27: Facilitating Conflict
Day 28: Resolving Value Conflicts
Day 29: Dealing with Disruptive People
Day 30: Beginnings and Endings
Day 31: Six Domains of Group Development
Book Five: Leadership for Results
Day 1: Results-Based Leadership
Day 2: Role of Leader to Achieve Results
Day 3: Using Rigorous Evidence
Day 4: Being an Accountable Leader
Day 5: Role of Policy in Achieving Results
Day 6: Building a Culture of Continuous Improvement
Day 7: Equitable Access to Data
Day 8: Purposeful Use of Data
Day 9: The Power of Data
Day 10: Collaborative Inquiry
Day 11: Engaging Everyone with Data
Day 12: Data-Driven Dialogue
Day 13: Root Cause Analysis
Day 14: Cause and Effect
Day 15: Cause and Effect Analysis: The Fishbone
Day 16: Identifying Problems
Day 17: Communicating about Problems
Day 18: Criteria for Selecting Outcomes
Day 19: Selecting the Right Intervention
Day 20: Rapid Prototyping
Day 21: Assessing Evaluation
Day 22: Reflecting on Results
Day 23: Planning for Success
Day 24: Components of Trust
Day 25: Keeping the Trust
Day 26: Time Required for Results
Day 27: Getting Better Results
Day 28: Seeking Collective Impact
Day 29: Sustaining a Focus on Continuous Improvement
Day 30: Results Over Time
Day 31: Continuing to Learn

Leading Every Day

Actions for Effective Leadership

Third Edition
Joyce Kaser WestEd
Susan Mundry WestEd
Katherine E. Stiles WestEd
Susan Loucks-Horsley WestEd
© 2013   288 pages   Corwin  

A Joint Publication With WestEd

Available Formats

ISBN:   9781452260938 Paperback Suggested Retail Price:   $41.95 Bookstore Price:   $33.56
ISBN:   9781452277608 Electronic Version Suggested Retail Price:   $41.95 Bookstore Price:   $33.56

Substantial Content Revisions

The major change that we suggest for Leading Every Day is adding a fifth book on achieving results. We believe that with the growing emphasis on accountability, this book should add more about how leaders create a culture of success and commitment to results. We realize, however, that adding a fifth book creates a problem with length. To accommodate that, we propose dropping the notes section and running straight text. In the introduction we will suggest that readers keep a journal to accompany their use of the book. The theme of Book Five will focus on the use of the logic model approach to achieving results whereby leaders will help others establish a common understanding of the goals and outcomes and the inputs and strategies for achieving them. Topics for the contemplations may include the following:

· Role of leader in achieving results, including ethical leadership

· Using data effectively

· Problem resolution (Distinguishing between actual problems and symptoms of problems; problem triage; linking cause and effect: an inexact science; and the changing context: how solving one problem often creates a new one)

· Determining outcomes

· Benchmarking as well as sustainability and rapid prototyping

· Evaluating progress and achievement of outcomes

In writing Book 5, we will pull out related contemplations from the other four books (e.g., Book 1, Days 8 & 9) and move them to Book 5.

Here are some of the changes we propose to the other four books:

Book One: We want to incorporate the latest research on effective leadership practices (e.g., The article identifies the following key leadership practices: shaping a vision of academic success for all students; creating a climate hospitable to education; cultivating leadership in others; improving instruction; and managing people, data and processes to foster school improvement. We address vision quite well in the book, but not as much the other four. We’ll add contemplations on climate and especially on building a trusting climate (see Bryk/Schneider et al., 2004) as distrust overpowers attempts at reform. We’ll also add ones on innovative thinking, new forms of partnerships (e.g., collective impact), and summaries of the new elements in principal evaluation systems.

Book Two: An addition to Book 2 will be contemplations on what we’ve learned about the speed of change, that it does not necessary take years to implement a change. We’ll also discuss the value of “quick wins.” Reports coming from the School Improvement Grants (SIG) across the country will be helpful.

Book Three: Learning communities were just getting a good start when the 2nd edition of Leading Every Day came out, and much has happened in the intervening years. We’ll incorporate the most current information on Learning Communities (Fulton, 2011), including best practices. We’ll also draw from Learning Forward’s new standards for professional development and from the Chung Wei et al. (2009) study on the relationship between teacher professional development and student achievement.

Additionally, since the publication of the second edition of Leading Every Day, we completed the third edition of Designing Professional Development for Teachers of Science and Mathematics (2010). We will revise and update all of the contemplations that reference the third edition of the Designing PD book.

Book Four: Although we do not have a revision “theme” for Book Four, we have discussed, for example, eliminating Day 19 on setting up the room. We need a more upbeat ending than Day 31 provides. We also plan to include contemplations focused on “non-verbal” facilitation and the essential abilities of effective presenters (Zoller & Landry, 2010) as well as update the contemplations focused on the norms of collaboration based on Garmston and Wellman’s book, which they have updated (2009). Perhaps other “themes” will emerge as we review the feedback and get into the writing.

In all of the books we will search for better quotes, edit remaining contemplations for clarity, and update those that are no longer current. As previously, there will be some hard choices on what goes and what stays. We hope feedback from the reviewers gives us guidance.

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