Linking Leadership to Student Learning

Linking Leadership to Student Learning

By: Kenneth Leithwood (author), Louis Karen Seashore (author)Paperback

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Leadership is second only to classroom instruction as an influence on student achievement. Strong leadership can potentially unleash latent capacities that already exist in an organization. The authors, after five years of research, could not find a single documented case of a school that managed to turn around its student achievement trajectory in the absence of talented leadership. This thoroughly researched book examines all types of leaders: from the school principal to the teacher leader. The authors also look closely at each organizational level in the school system-school, classroom, community, district, and state.

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Kenneth Leithwood is professor emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. Karen Seashore Louis is Regents Professor of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, and Robert H. Beck Chair in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota.


Figures and Tables ix Acknowledgments xiii About the Authors xv About the Contributors xvii Foreword xix Michael S. Knapp Preface xxiii 1 Leadership and Learning: The Critical Connection 1 PART ONE: SCHOOL LEADERSHIP THAT MATTERS FOR STUDENTS 9 2 Collective Leadership: The Reality of Leadership Distribution Within the School Community 11 Kenneth Leithwood and Doris Jantzi 3 Shared and Instructional Leadership: When Principals and Teachers Successfully Lead Together 25 Karen Seashore Louis and Kyla Wahlstrom 4 Distributed Leadership in Action: A Complex Pattern of People, Tasks, and Goals 42 Stephen E. Anderson 5 Core Practices: The Four Essential Components of the Leader s Repertoire 57 Kenneth Leithwood 6 An Up-Close View of Instructional Leadership: A Grounded Analysis 68 Kyla Wahlstrom PART TWO: THE BROAD AND UNIQUE ROLE OF DISTRICTS IN THE SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT BUSINESS 87 7 How to Harness Family and Community Energy: The District s Role 89 Molly F. Gordon and Karen Seashore Louis 8 Confidence for School Improvement: A Priority for Principals 107 Kenneth Leithwood, Blair Mascall, and Doris Jantzi 9 Principal Effi cacy: District-Led Professional Development 119 Kenneth Leithwood, Stephen E. Anderson, and Karen Seashore Louis 10 Succession: A Coordinated Approach to Leadership Distribution 142 Blair Mascall and Kenneth Leithwood 11 Data Use: An Exploration from the District to the School 158 Stephen E. Anderson, Kenneth Leithwood, and Karen Seashore Louis 12 The District Difference : A New Perspective on the Local Challenges for Improvement 181 Stephen E. Anderson and Karen Seashore Louis 13 Case Studies: District Responses to State Leadership 203 Karen Seashore Louis, Stephen E. Anderson, and Emanda Thomas Conclusion 227 Appendix A: Scale Reliability for Variables 237 Appendix B: Additional Evidence Related to Chapter Seven 241 Notes 247 References 257 Index 275 FIGURES AND TABLES Figures P.1 Leadership Infl uences on Student Learning xxvii 2.1 The Indirect Effects of Collective Leadership on Student Achievement 16 2.2 Relationships Between Sources of Collective Leadership Influence and Student Achievement 22 3.1 Race/Ethnicity, Poverty, Focused Instruction, and Achievement in 138 Schools 29 3.2 Leadership and Focused Instruction in 138 Schools 32 3.3 Professional Community, Focused Instruction, and Student Learning in 138 Schools 34 3.4 Effects of Principals Leadership Behavior on Teachers and Student Achievement 36 7.1 Relationship Between District Support for Community Involvement and School-Level Engagement, as Measured by Principal s Perceptions of Parent Influence 101 7.2 Shared Leadership and Student Achievement 103 9.1 Principals Views of District Actions to Support Professional Growth 137 10.1 Testing the Mediated Effects of Principal Turnover on Student Achievement 151 11.1 How District Approaches to Data Use Influence Student Achievement 164 12.1 Principal Perceptions of District Actions Related to Improved Teaching and Learning 188 C.1 Source of Ideas About Integrative Leadership in Education 234 Tables 2.1 Sources of Infl uence on School Decisions Ranked from Weakest to Strongest 18 2.2 Correlations Between Sources of Leadership, Mediating Variables, and Achievement 19 3.1 Relationship Between Survey Variables and Student Achievement: Correlation Coefficients 35 4.1 Sample School Characteristics 45 5.1 Core Leadership Practices and Practices Deemed Helpful by Teachers and Principals 65 6.1 Top vs. Bottom 20% Mean Teacher Ratings per Building on Factor 1 71 6.2 Top vs. Bottom 20% Mean Teacher Ratings per Building on Factor 2 73 6.3 Teachers Ratings of Principals in the Top 20% vs. Bottom 20% by Building Level 79 6.4 Relationships Between Instructional Leadership, School Level, and Student Achievement 82 8.1 District Antecedents of School Leader Efficacy: Correlation Coefficients 112 8.2 Leader Effi cacy Relationships with School Leader Practices and School and Classroom Conditions 114 8.3 Leader Effi cacy Relationships with Mean Achievement Gain and Percentage of Students at State Proficiency Level 115 9.1 District Conditions Associated with Principal Efficacy 121 10.1 Summary of Survey Results 150 10.2 Relationships Among the Variables 150 11.1 Relationship Between Principal and District Data Use 166 11.2 Extent of Principal Data Use 170 11.3 Principals Attention to Conditions Affecting Data Use 176 13.1 Characteristics of a Sample of Smaller and Medium-Size Districts 221 B.1 Factors Associated with Diversity of Membership on School-Site Councils 243 B.2 Factors Associated with Principals Openness to Community Involvement 243 B.3 Principal Survey: Factors Associated with 2005 2006 Student Achievement Scores in Math at the Building Level 244 B.4 Teacher Survey: Factors Associated with 2005 2006 Student Achievement Scores at the Building Level 245

Product Details

  • publication date: 30/12/2011
  • ISBN13: 9780470623312
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9780470623312
  • weight: 494
  • ISBN10: 0470623314

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