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Building Effective Learning Communities

Building Effective Learning Communities
Strategies for Leadership, Learning, & Collaboration

June 2005 | 200 pages | Corwin

Establish collaborative learning communities that foster high academic standards!

Today's school leaders face a difficult reality: the pressure to meet national standards often eclipses the pursuit of additional academic goals. This groundbreaking text seeks to remedy this conflict by enabling practicing and prospective school leaders to build collaborative, constructive environments that not only help schools achieve national standards, but also help the school community realize high academic standards.

Sullivan and Glanz put forth a conceptual framework centered on modeling reflective practice. This framework and the authors' suggested strategies and techniques provide school leaders with:

  • Approaches that can be employed at all educational levels
  • Materials that educate leaders about themselves
  • Tactics for building a reflective learning community
  • Suggestions for promoting individual and group development

Discover the techniques that foster collaborative learning communities in which all members of the school community advance high academic standards.

About the Authors
About the Contributor
Part I. Preparing for Leadership: Focusing on the Personal
1. Reaching Our Common Goal: High Achievement for All Children
2. Leadership and Self-Knowledge
3. Let Us Learn
4. Developing a Personal Vision Statement for Building and Sustaining Leadership
Part II. Building a Learning Community and a Community of Learners: Strategies and Techniques
5. Bridging the Personal and the Interpersonal
6. Getting Started: Setting the Tone
7. Getting There
8. Pulling It Together
Resource: The Problematic Student

"The authors frame the chapters in a logical and clear organization so that a busy superintendent can pick up the book after several days and regain context and content. They provide solid research and real-life context to their work through examples and vignettes."

The School Administrator, February 2006

"Sullivan and Glanz have written an integrative book that encompasses the values of educational leadership, educational psychology, and communication skills."

PsycCRITIQUES, February 2006
Key features
  • Principal and leadership mailers in both K-12 and higher education. One of the hallmarks of this author team is their ability to cross boundaries between K-12 and higher ed with great success.
  • Nice follow-up to Glanz's new premium book from ASCD on leadership styles.

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1: Reaching Our Common Goal