“Alma Harris is a world leading writer on the thinking and practice of distributed leadership. This is undoubtedly the best book that she or anyone has yet written on the subject.”
—Andy Hargreaves, Thomas More Brennan Chair in Education
“Alma Harris captures the essential challenges facing today's school and district leaders and summarizes, in precise and accessible language, important research-based lessons for practice. Her focus on building authentic relationships among all staff is both practical and a welcome antidote to an excessive focus on testing and standardization.”
—Karen Seashore, Professor
University of Minnesota
The benefits of distributed leadership are yours with this research-based change process.
Distributed leadership—engaging the many rather than the few in school improvement—has long been a promising theory. But it must be implemented effectively before educators and students can reap the rewards, including improved learner outcomes and stronger organizational performance.
Distributed Leadership Matters offers pragmatic approaches for realizing these benefits. First, Alma Harris shows why harnessing educators' collective expertise is an improvement strategy worth adopting. Then she details the collaborative processes that make it happen. Insights include: How to translate the research on distributed leadership into tangible results for your school; Methods for building the social capital necessary for sustainable institutional change; How to distribute leadership widely and wisely through professional collaboration
The old-fashioned “top-down” leadership style no longer works for today's schools. Distributed Leadership Matters is a bold step into the future.
Chapter 1: Leading Educational Change and Improvement
Leading Educational Change and Improvement
No matter what states and districts do to bolster their educational workforce they will need to do more and better with the talent they have
In the relentless pursuit of improved educational performance and outcomes, there is preoccupation with finding new solutions, new ideas, and new approaches. It is as if we are starting at ground zero in our knowledge about educational change and improvement. Yet in our search for better educational systems, better schools, and better districts there are things that we categorically know. A substantial body of school effectiveness and school improvement research clearly [Page 10]points to the common characteristics and strategies that can be used to secure better organizational ...