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Seven Steps to Effective Instructional Leadership

Second Edition


September 2002 | 216 pages | Corwin

Updated Edition of Best Seller!

"You won't find a more practical, detailed guide to improving school effectiveness than is contained between the covers of this book!"
Leonard O. Pellicer, Dean School of Education
University of La Verne
La Verne, CA

"Few books on school leadership have effectively brought together the best of educational theory and practice for school administrators as Elaine McEwan's Seven Steps to Instructional Leadership."
Michael Pladus
1999 MetLife/NASSP National Principal of the Year

Have the courage and the vision to lead your staff to achieve their highest instructional goals!

Make a substantive impact on the lives of your students and your staff. This practical, hands-on guide can help you become a more effective instructional leader. Here are research-based activities to help you lead your staff though McEwans's seven steps:

  1. Establish, implement, and achieve academic standards
  2. Be an instructional resource for your staff
  3. Create a learning-oriented school culture and climate
  4. Communicate your school's vision and mission to staff and students
  5. Set high expectations for your staff and yourself
  6. Develop teacher leaders
  7. Develop and maintain positive relationships with students, staff, and parents

Integrate these seven steps into your daily behavior. Chapters on each step include research data, discussion and advice from instructional leaders, and practical suggestions from dozens of leading principals that you can use right now in your own school.

Use the Instructional Leadership Checklist to:

  • Assess your current level of instructional leadership
  • Find out how your staff thinks you're doing
  • Set goals for improving your instructional leadership practice
  • Evaluate your progress toward your goals

Attaining a new and higher level of instructional leadership will make a difference for each person in your school. Staff, students, and parents will get the message that all students matter. Everyone will start expecting that all students can learn, and your school will achieve its mission—improving education.


 
Preface
 
About the Author
Acknowledgements

 
 
Introduction
 
1. Step One: Establish, Implement, and Achieve Academic Standards
 
2. Step Two: Be an Instructional Resource for Your Staff
 
3. Step Three: Create a School Culture and Climate Conducive to Learning
 
4. Step Four: Communicate the Vision and Mission of Your School
 
5. Step Five: Set High Expectations for Your Staff and Yourself
 
6. Step Six: Develop Teacher Leaders
 
7. Step Seven: Establish and Maintain Positive Relationships With Students, Staff, and Parents
 
Conclusion
 
Resource A: Instructional Leadership Checklist
 
Resource B: Instructional Leadership Checklist Response Form
 
Resource C: Elizabeth McCay's Assignment
 
References
 
Index

You won't find a more practical, detailed guide to improving school effectiveness than is contained between the covers of this book!

Leonard O. Pellicer, Dean School of Education
University of La Verne

Few books on school leadership have effectively brought together the best of educational theory and practice for school administrators as Elaine McEwan's Seven Steps to Instructional Leadership has.

Michael Pladus, 1999 MetLife/NASSP National Principal of the Year

This is an outstanding book with practical, ready to use suggestions as to how to improve teaching and learning in our schools. As practitioners, the students found the books to be researched-based, easy to absorb, clearly defined traits and descriptors, with stories to bring clarity to the traits, and with meaningful reflection activities to focus on present and future practices.

Pauli Nikolay, Adjunct Professor
University of Wisconsin, Whitewater

The book is an excellent resource for self assessment or a tool for gaining feedback from staff.

The School Administrator, June 2003

There is a good balance between the summary of research and references to the aquired wisdom born out of first-hand experience.

School Leadership & Management, February 2004

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