“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 8: Distributed Leadership: Professional Collaboration with Impact
Distributed Leadership: Professional Collaboration with Impact
The main point of collaboration is “to connect to learn” but often little thought is given to the establishment of those connections and scant attention is paid to the fact that to be most productive and effective, some professionals need to “learn to connect”
All too often, books about leadership tend toward theory or research or practice, rarely combining all these elements effectively or well. For some ideas, the theory-practice [Page 116]divide is there for very good reason. Some years ago, Howard Gardner reinforced that some theories cannot be and indeed should not be translated into practice. He was absolutely right. Multiple intelligence theory, in its lowest level of practical application, is ...