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Incorporating the 10 Dimensions of Leadership, this field-tested resource is based on research, theory, and best practices in leadership, organizational effectiveness, and personnel evaluation. The author, a national expert on educational leadership and accountability, focuses on three critical concepts of leadership: the dramatic impact of leadership on student achievement, equity, and staff morale; the role of both personal predispositions and acquired knowledge skills on effectiveness; and how evaluation can be used to improve performance instead of merely rendering an assessment.

Leadership Responsibilities for Planning, Implementation, and Monitoring
Leadership responsibilities for planning, implementation, and monitoring

The development of school improvement plans, strategic plans, building plans, and other planning documents can occupy an extraordinary amount of time for school leaders. Each time state and district policymakers add an element to a school or district plan, there is the expectation of a relationship between the contents of the plan and the performance of the district. This is the heart of the presumption of planning in general and strategic plans for schools in particular. That presumption is a testable hypothesis. Although there are partisans on both sides of the planning debate (Cook, 2004; Reeves, December 2007–January 2008; Schmoker, 2004), the issue is not whether planning “works,” but rather which elements ...

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