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The Act of Leadership

The Act of Leadership
In The Act of Leadership, acclaimed leadership and performance coach Dan Haesler shares the insights, techniques and habits you need to thrive, professionally and personally. By combining real-life case studies, cutting-edge research and incisive coaching techniques this one-stop leadership playbook will help you better understand yourself and the people around you, so you can be not only the leader you want to be, but the person your people need you to be, both at work and at home.

As a leader, you might know exactly what you need to do, but might be less clear on how to do it. You might know you need to have that difficult conversation, but you’re less sure about how to have it. You might know you need to hold your team accountable, but don’t know how to do it in a manner that builds authentic engagement rather than mere compliance. The Act of Leadership goes beyond the theory. It is a coaching playbook designed to empower you to be the leader you want to be, and the leader your people need you to be.

Most books explain the what and the why of leadership, The Act of Leadership demonstrates the how. Author Dan Haesler takes a coaching approach, combining his years of experience as an educator and now coach to corporate leaders, elite athletes, teams and educators, to reveal the pivotal insights and enlightening case studies that will help you to define what kind of leader you want to be and understand how to get the best out of yourself and the people around you. You will also discover the importance of thinking and acting mindfully, instead of on autopilot, using the mindfulness techniques used by World Champions to lead in the moment, sharpen your intent, and increase your impact.

Let go of your biases and assumptions and see the impact we have on others
Take on a growth mindset to help you deal with setbacks and mistakes
Create organizational change that actually succeeds, by engaging people so that change is done with them not to them
Adopt a coach-like mentality and use engaging techniques to improve your day-to-day interactions with the people you lead
With each chapter serving as a one-on-one coaching session, The Act of Leadership will help you create new habits and new ways of being in your day-to-day leadership, as well as life away from work, that are actionable, immediately.

Perfect for leaders, professionals, educators, and athletes seeking to improve their own performance, The Act of Leadershipwill also earn a place in the libraries of anyone hoping to improve the lives of the people who follow them, in business, sport, and life.

Edition Number: 1
Published: 2nd August 2021
ISBN: 9780730392118
Number Of Pages: 288

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Instructional Leadership

Instructional Leadership

Peter M DeWitt

This step-by-step how-to guide presents the six driving forces of instructional leadership within a multi-stage model for implementation, delivering lasting improvement through small, collaborative changes.

Peter DeWitt (Ed.D) is a former K-5 teacher (11 years) and principal (8 years). He runs workshops and provides keynotes nationally and internationally focusing on leadership, coaching and fostering inclusive school climates. Within North America, his work has been adopted at the university and state level, and he works with numerous districts, school boards, regional and state organizations where he trains leadership teams and coaches building leaders.

Published: 14th May 2020
ISBN: 9781544381411
Number Of Pages: 176
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Effective School Leadership in Challenging Times

Effective School Leadership in Challenging Times
A Practice-First, Theory-Informed Approach
By Liz Browne

Education leadership has been subject to a period of turmoil with rapid social change, political demands for excellence, economic pressures for austerity and the influence of technology impacting on leadership roles in multiple ways. This book draws on real examples of practice to identify the key challenges facing educational leadership and how these might be overcome drawing on recent research and interventions that have impacted positively on learner outcomes and teacher retention.

Covering all aspects of leadership including school improvement, vision and values, working with partners and leading change, the book launches the concept of atomic leadership, advocating small steps to change for maximum momentum and large-scale impact. It reveals how leaders can cooperate to trial new ways of learning and disseminate their successes and failures with a new honesty and openness about what works in our schools.

With reflective tasks in every chapter, this text will inspire debate and inform discussion at staff meetings and is essential reading for all school leaders as well as those undertaking master-level courses in educational leadership and or pursuing the National Professional Qualifications in leadership.

Table of Contents

Section 1 Leadership as Influence

Chapter 1 What is Educational Leadership?

Chapter 2 What Leaders Think

Chapter 3 The Place of Vision, Mission and Culture in a Changing World

Section 2 Leadership with Purpose

Chapter 4 Leading a Self-improving Educational System

Chapter 5 Emerging School Associations: The English Story

Chapter 6 Achieving Teaching and Curriculum Excellence

Section 3 Leadership in Context

Chapter 7 Influencing Student Learning

Chapter 8 Knowledge Mobilization and Followership

Chapter 9 Working with Diversity

Chapter 10 Leading Continuing Professional Development

Section 4 Leadership with Responsibility

Chapter 11 Global Challenges, School Attendance, Teacher and Leader Supply

Chapter 12 Leveraging Technology

Chapter 13 Managing Resources and Risk

Chapter 14 The Final Word

Liz Browne has worked in a range of contexts within the field of education, including schools, a further education college, and a university. She is the governor of an OfSTED-rated ‘Outstanding’ school. As a semi-retired academic she spends her free time delivering training to teachers and academics from across the world.

ISBN 9780367186043
Published January 20, 2021 by Routledge
210 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
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10 Mindframes for Leaders

10 Mindframes for Leaders
10 Mindframes for Leaders
The VISIBLE LEARNING(R) Approach to School Success

By: John Hattie, Raymond L. Smith

It’s not what you do, it’s how you think about what you do.

Mindframes—your internal set of beliefs about your role as school leader—determine the high-impact leadership practices you choose to implement. In other words, how you think about the impact of the actions you take has more effect on student achievement than your leadership practices themselves.

Building on over twenty-five years of Visible Learning research and girded by a theory of action that ensures school leaders have the expertise to select, implement, and evaluate high impact interventions, 10 Mindframes for Leaders: The VISIBLE LEARNING® Approach to School Success brings the mindframes of ten world-renowned educators to life. Ten chapters, each written by a different thought leader, detail a mindframe at the heart of successful school leadership, along with the high probability influences that make each mindframe visible. A must-have resource for any educator working toward student achievement at ever-higher levels, each chapter includes:

The most current, up-to-date findings from the Visible Learning research, including the factors from Visible Learning that support each mindframe
Practical ideas for leaders to implement high-impact strategies in classrooms and schools
Vignettes, questions, insights, and exercises to help educators clarify and refine their own mindframes

Lead your school to reform from the inside out. Cultivate these ways of thinking, and you’re more likely to have major impacts on the learning lives of those students entrusted to your care.

Includes contributions from… John Hattie, Raymond L. Smith, Janet Clinton, Peter DeWitt, Doug Fisher, Nancy Frey, Dylan Wiliam, Dominique Smith, Jenni Donohoo, Laura Link, Michael Fullan, Sugata Mitra, Zaretta Hammond, and Jim Knight

PBK | July 2020 | 144 Pages| Corwin
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The Learning Leader

The Learning Leader
The Learning Leader
How to Focus School Improvement for Better Results, 2nd Edition

By: Douglas Reeves

'We can’t do that in our school district.'
'I don’t have time to add that to my curriculum.'
'We’re fighting against impossible odds with these students.'

Sound familiar? School improvement can often feel like a losing battle, but it doesn’t have to be. In this fully revised and updated second edition of The learning leader, Douglas B Reeves helps leadership teams go beyond the excuses to capitalise on their strengths, reduce their weaknesses and reset their mindset and priorities to achieve unprecedented success.

A critical key is recognising student achievement as more than just a set of test scores. Reeves asserts that when leaders focus exclusively on results, they fail to measure and understand the importance of their own actions. He offers an alternative – the Leadership for Learning Framework – which helps leaders identify and distinguish among four different types of educators and provide more effective, tailored support to:

‘lucky’ educators, who achieve high results but don’t understand how their actions influence achievement
‘losing’ educators, who achieve low results yet keep doing the same thing, expecting different outcomes
‘learning’ educators, who have not yet achieved the desired results but are working their way toward excellence
‘leading’ educators, who achieve high results and understand how their actions influence their success.
Reeves stresses that effective leadership is neither a unitary skill nor a solitary activity. The learning leader helps leaders reconceptualise their roles in the school improvement process and motivate themselves and their colleagues to keep working to better serve their students.

Code: 118003
ISBN: 9781760941932
No of Pages: 178
Publish Date: 11 March 2021
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Future Alternatives for Educational Leadership

Future Alternatives for Educational Leadership
Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Democracy
Edited By Deborah M. Netolicky
Copyright Year 2022

This book offers provocations for what's now and what's next in educational leadership, simultaneously bringing the field both back to its basics--of equity, democracy, humanity, and education for all--and forward to productive, innovative, and necessary possibilities. Written during the pandemic reality of 2020, this collection shares the global voices and expertise of prominent and emerging leaders, scholars, and practitioners in education from the UK, the United States, South America, Canada, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East. The authors engage with the complexities and uncertainties of leading in education. They examine research, reflections, and real stories from which school leaders, education system leaders, policymakers, and researchers in the field of educational leadership, can learn, and in which they will find honesty, authority, and inspiration to guide the future of the field.

The new perspectives and hopeful alternatives presented in this outstanding book are essential to researchers, school leaders, and policymakers, and are key to advancing education into positive and democratic futures.

Industry Reviews
"A fantastic collection of brilliant voices about educational leadership from around the globe. A collective reflection and rethinking about education for diversity, equity, inclusion, and democracy. A much-needed hopeful volume!"

-Professor Yong Zhao - Foundation Distinguished Professor at the School of Education at the University of Kansas and Professor in Educational Leadership at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education

"In an era in which COVID-19 has swept aside old certainties, this timely and important book provides a rich and diverse set of insights into the past, present, and potential future of educational leadership. It provides a range of alternative ways of thinking about its topic, drawing on key principles of diversity, inclusion, equity, and democracy. I would highly recommend this book to scholars, students, and future thinkers for valuable insights into rethinking educational leadership as practice and praxis."

Professor Jane Wilkinson - Professor in Educational Leadership at Monash University, Associate Dean Graduate Research and Lead Editor of the Journal of Educational Administration and History

"In this edited volume, Future Alternatives for Educational Leadership: Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Democracy, Dr Deborah M. Netolicky and colleagues offer a treasure trove of insights and wisdom to help shift paradigms in educational leadership. Bringing together and synthesizing cutting-edge ideas in the field, the contributors authentically centre-and celebrate-liberatory leadership and action, and invite readers to imagine new ways forward with hope and commitment. While important in its own right, the message of this book resounds with unprecedented urgency in the midst of the triple global pandemics we are living and learning our way through. Gratitude to all of the authors for their necessary and energizing provocations."Professor Ellie Drago-Severson - Professor of Education Leadership & Adult Learning, Leadership Director of the PhD Program in Education Leadership, and Director of the Leadership Institute for School Change, Teachers College, Columbia University

"The work of an educator has never been challenged the way it is today. Leadership in education during current political turmoil, economic uncertainty, and global health crisis may sound like a mission impossible. But wait, this future-focused volume comes to the rescue for educational leaders from classrooms to ministerial cabinets. It is a must-read for anyone hoping to understand what it is to be a leader in the post-pandemic world."

Pasi Sahlberg - Professor of Education Policy, the University of New South Wales and author of Finnish Lessons 3.0: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland?

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