Leadership and Literacy: Principals, Partnerships and Pathways to Improvement (PDF) emphasizes on what school leaders need to know and comprehend about leadership for learning, and for learning to read in particular. It brings together research, theory and practice on leadership for literacy. The ebook reports on the findings from six studies that followed school principals from their involvement in a professional learning program comprising of five modules on leadership and the teaching of reading, to implementation action in their schools. It defines how they applied a range of strategies to create leadership partnerships with their teachers, following eight related dimensions from a Leadership for Learning framework or blueprint. The initial chapters of the ebook feature the use of practical tools as a focus for leadership activity. These chapters reflect, for example, how teachers and principals can develop deeper understandings of their schools’ contexts; how professional discussions can be directed with a process called ‘disciplined dialogue’; and how principals might motivate approaches to shared leadership with their teachers. The general findings presented in this ebook emphasize five positive positions on leadership for learning to read: understanding what learning to read involves; the importance of an agreed moral purpose; sharing leadership for improvement; implementing and evaluating reading interventions; and identifying the need for support for leaders’ learning on-the-job.
“Leadership and Literacy is a complete tour of all the components necessary to attain next-generation improvements in literacy. The classroom, school, and teacher/administrator practice bases are here, including attention to teachers and their widely changing reception of the idea of “improvement”. The ebook integrates the empirical base with descriptions of the levers of reform, for instance, professional learning, evidence-based supervision, and continuous program improvement through evaluation.” — Dale Mann, Emeritus Professor, Columbia University, USA
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