Learning to Lead Together: The Promise and Challenge of Sharing Leadership
By: Janet H Chrispeels (editor)Paperback
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"Learning to Lead" examines the dilemmas principals face in engaging teachers in shared leadership. The text makes a contribution to the field of educational leadership, administration, and leader preparation through cases and the description of professional development initiatives to prepare pre-service principals and administrators for shared leadership. Authors from the United States, England, and Australia present a broad brushstroke of principals sharing leadership through original field-based research, set within a theoretical framework of democratic schooling.This text covers a timely topic. This is the first text to explore the importance of principals sharing and distributing leadership. Until recently, most of the focus has been on teachers and collaborative leadership building. Through real-life single and multiple case studies, the text addresses how principals and their staff's struggle with the challenge of shared leadership, and how they attain some of the promise leading to teacher growth and development, as well as to higher levels of student learning.
The cases in the text provide pre-service principals and administrators with excellent examples of the real-life applications of various theoretical concepts. A variety of models and approaches of shared and distributed leadership are presented in school, district, and regional contexts, allowing students to see the commonalties that these settings share, as well as the differences between them.The text discusses strategies that principals use to share leadership and the impact that those strategies have on teachers, school culture, and learning opportunities for students. Examples of preparation programs and the support that teachers want, if shared leadership is to be effectively implemented to meet student needs, provide future principals with the tools and insight that they need to be successful.
Janet H. Chrispeels is a Professor in the Educational Leadership and Organizations emphasis at the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and serves as director of the Center for Educational Leadership. She is also executive director of the California Center for Effective Schools, as well as director of the administrative credentialing program at UCSB. She earned her BA from Michigan State, and Doctorate from the University of San Diego. Her research interests include school change and restructuring, school-home collaboration, leadership, and professional development.
Preface Acknowledgements About the Editor About the Contributors Part I: Providing the Context 1. The Dynamics of Sharing and Distributing Leadership - Janet H. Chrispeels Part II: Case Studies of Principals Sharing Leadership 2. Changing the Culture of a Middle School: A Narrative Examination of a New Principal's Implementation of Shared Leadership - Peggy H. Burke and Mary Cavalier 3. Creating Meaningful Opportunities for Collaboration - Vishna A. Herrity and Pat Morales 4. Reflections on Practice: An Administrator's 16-Year Journey to Promote Teacher Leadership and Learning - David Burke and Ian Mitchell 5. A Middle School Strives to Achieve Team Leadership Through Opposition and Uncertainty - Kathleen J. Martin and Janet H. Chrispeels 6. Evolving Roles and Sharing Leadership: The Path of One Leadership Team - Shiou-Ping Shiu, Janet H. Chrispeels and Robin Endacott Doerr Part III: Cross-Case Studies of Shared Leadership 7. Sharing Leadership: Principals' Perceptions - Maureen Yep and Janet H. Chrispeels 8. Lessons Learned About Sustainable Results in Urban Middle Schools: Four Principals and Their Reflection on the Process of Change - Peggy H. Burke 9. Principals Conceptualize the Development of Teacher Leaders: A Cross-Case Study of Shared Leadership in High-Poverty Kentucky Schools - Deborah H. McDonald and John L. Keedy 10. Principal Choice and Teacher Participation in Site-Based Management: Four Schools Implement One Policy - S David Brazer 11. Successful Leadership in Schools Facing Challenging Circumstances: No Panaceas or Promises - Alma Harris Part IV: Preparing School Leaders for Shared Leadership 12. Supporting Teachers' Leadership: What Can Principals Do? A Teacher's Perspective From Research - David Frost and Judy Durrant 13. Promoting Leadership Development and Collaboration in Rural Schools - Joseph I. Castro 14. Problem-Based Learning and Its Role in Preparing School Leaders for Collaboration - Edwin M. Bridges Part V: Conclusions 15. Sharing Leadership: Learning From Challenge - Aiming Toward Promise - Janet H. Chrispeels Name Index Subject Index
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