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Leadership Development on a Large Scale

Leadership Development on a Large Scale
Lessons for Long-Term Success

First Edition
  • Kenneth Leithwood - University of Toronto, Canada, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto, Canada

Forewords by Philip Hallinger and John Malloy, A Joint Publication with the Ontario Principals' Council

October 2018 | 208 pages | Corwin

Effective school leadership can have a transformative impact on the lives of students. Written by one of the foremost scholars in the field. this book draws lessons from one of the most successful long-term educational leadership studies ever conducted to provide actionable advice and specific strategies. Learn how to:

  • Understand the evidence base to design effective leadership development programs and initiatives
  • Support instructional leaders in leading collaborative inquiry approaches to classroom pedagogy to help teachers convey complex ideas to students
  • Establish Principal Learning Teams to help guide school-wide and districtwide decision-making

Foreword by Philip Hallinger
Foreword by John Malloy
About the Author
Chapter 1. The Leading Student Achievement: Networks for Learning Project (LSA)
The Context

The Contributions of Leadership to Student Learning

A Brief History of the Leading Student Achievement Project

A Summary of LSA’s Priorities for Improvement

Chapter 2. Evidence Used by LSA to Learn Its Way Forward
Phase 1: Comprehensive Assessment of Project Implementation and Outcomes

Phase 2: Targeting a Small Number of Key Priorities


Chapter 3. Building on a Shared Understanding of Effective School Leadership
Successful Leadership Practices

Personal Leadership Resources


Chapter 4. LSA’s Approach to Leadership Development
LSA’s Initial Vision and Framework

Complementary Perspectives on LSA’s Functions

LSA’s Formal Professional Development Program


Chapter 5. Collaborative Inquiry
The Evolution of LSA’s Approach to Collaborative Inquiry


Chapter 6. Key Learning Conditions: A Subject for Collaborative Inquiry
Key Learning Conditions

Initial Justification for Five Key Learning Conditions

LSA’s Own Evidence About Key Learning Conditions


Chapter 7. LSA’s Theory of Action and How It Was Developed
How LSA’s Theory of Action Was Developed

The Four Paths Theory of Action

Empirical Test of the Four Paths Theory of Action


Chapter 8. Knowledge Building/Knowledge Creation: Education for a Knowledge Society
The Motivation for Adopting Knowledge Building

Knowledge Building

Creating Interest in Knowledge Building and the Capacity for Implementation

The First Year of Knowledge-Building Implementation

The Second Year of Knowledge-Building Implementation


Chapter 9. Creating Useful Knowledge About Leadership Networks: Taking It to the Next Level
Fundamental Assumptions About Learning in Networks

LSA’s Research About the Characteristics of Effective Leadership Networks


Chapter 10. Insights About Leading Large-Scale Leadership Development Projects
Four Practical Challenges in Sustaining LSA

One Large Technical Challenge: Assessing the Project’s Impact on Students

Eleven Lessons About Effective Project Leadership



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