An actionable guide for improving student success by improving school leadership system-wide Effective school leadership can have a transformative impact on the lives of students. In Leadership Development on a Large Scale, educational leaders and policy makers will gain evidence-based guidance for sustaining improved leadership and scaling up existing leadership initiatives across school districts and states. Written by one of the foremost scholars in the field, this book draws lessons from one of the most successful long-term educational leadership studies ever conducted to provide actionable advice and specific strategies. Learn how to:  • Understand the evidence base to design effective leadership development programs and initiatives  • Support instructional leaders in leading collaborative inquiry approaches to classroom pedagogy to help teachers convey complex ideas to students  • Establish Principal Learning Teams to help guide school-wide and districtwide decision-making By drawing on the numerous cases and stories outlined in Leithwood’s book, educators will gain a deep understanding of how to take leadership development to the next level and prepare the next wave of talented school leaders for success.

Collaborative Inquiry

Collaborative Inquiry

From the outset, the LSA project has encouraged its members to approach their school improvement efforts using some form of collaborative inquiry. But there has been considerable evolution, over the life of the project, in LSA’s understanding about how such inquiry can best be fostered. This evolving understanding has largely been promoted by results from the project’s annual evaluations. With collaborative inquiry as the focus, this chapter illustrates especially clearly how the LSA project “learned its way forward” with most of the practices it has sponsored and supported.

Before describing LSA’s evolving approaches to collaborative inquiry, however, it is important to appreciate why collaborative inquiry emerged as and remains central to the project’s commitments, whatever their form. The explanation is a largely ...

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