Updated Edition of Best Seller!
“You won't find a more practical, detailed guide to improving school effectiveness than is contained between the covers of this book!”
Leonard O. Pellicer, Dean School of Education
University of La Verne
La Verne, CA
“Few books on school leadership have effectively brought together the best of educational theory and practice for school administrators as Elaine McEwan'sSeven Steps to Instructional Leadership.”
1999 MetLife/NASSP National Principal of the Year
Have the courage and the vision to lead your staff to achieve their highest instructional goals!
Make a substantive impact on the lives of your students and your staff. This practical, hands-on guide can help you become a more effective instructional leader. Here are research-based activities to help you lead your staff though McEwans's seven steps:
1. Establish, implement, and achieve academic standards; 2. Be an instructional resource for your staff; 3. Create a learning-oriented school culture and climate; 4. Communicate your school's vision and mission to staff and students; 5. Set high expectations for your staff and yourself; 6. Develop teacher leaders; 7. Develop and maintain positive relationships with students, staff, and parents
Integrate these seven steps into your daily behavior. Chapters on each step include research data, discussion and advice from instructional leaders, and practical suggestions from dozens of leading principals that you can use right now in your own school.
Use the Instructional Leadership Checklist to:
Assess your current level of instructional leadership; Find out how your staff thinks you're doing; Set goals for improving your instructional leadership practice; Evaluate your progress toward your goals
Attaining a new and higher level of instructional leadership will make a difference for each person in your school. Staff, students, and parents will get the message that all students matter. Everyone will start expecting that all students can learn, and your school will achieve its mission—improving education.
- What Is Leadership?
- How Does Instructional Leadership Differ?
- What Does the Research Tell Us?
- Can Any Principal Become an Instructional Leader?
- What Are the Barriers to Becoming an Effective Instructional Leader?
- Lack of Skills and Training
- Lack of Teacher Cooperation
- Lack of Time
- Lack of Support from Superintendents, School Boards, and Community
- Lack of Vision, Will, or Courage
- What Are the Seven Steps to Effective Instructional Leadership?
- Chapter 1: Step One: Establish, Implement, and Achieve Academic Standards
- How Can You Establish Meaningful Academic Standards?
- How Can You Ensure a Consistent and Coherent Program?
- How Can You Ensure a Schoolwide Focus on Achievement and Continuous Improvement?
- How Can You Use the Instructional Leadership Checklist to Assess Step One?
- Step One: Establish, Implement, and Achieve Academic Standards
- Chapter 2: Step Two: Be an Instructional Resource for Your Staff
- How Can You Work with Teachers?
- How Can You Share Research and Best Practices?
- How Can You Keep Your Finger on the Instructional Pulse?
- Is It Really Possible to Know What Is Going On?
- How Can You Use the Instructional Leadership Checklist to Assess Step Two?
- Step Two: Be an Instructional Resource for Your Staff
- Chapter 3: Step Three: Create a School Culture and Climate Conducive to Learning
- How Can You Establish High Expectations for Students?
- Inclusive Classrooms
- Extended Learning Opportunities
- Teacher Expectations
- Instructional Effectiveness
- A Focus on Learning
- Policies That Promote Progress
- How Can You Make Sure Time Is Being Used Effectively?
- How to Increase Student Attendance
- How to Increase Allocated Learning Time
- How to Increase the Rate of Success for Students
- Does Your Schoolwide Behavior Plan Facilitate Learning?
- How Can You Alter the Culture and Climate of Your School?
- How Can You Use the Instructional Leadership Checklist to Assess Step Three?
- Step Three: Create a School Culture and Climate Conducive to Learning
- Chapter 4: Step Four: Communicate the Vision and Mission of Your School
- How Can You Develop Communication Channels to Share the Vision and Mission?
- Communicating Your Vision to Teachers
- Communicating the Meaning and Value of Learning to Students
- Getting Parents on Board
- How Can You Use the Instructional Leadership Checklist to Assess Step Four?
- Chapter 5: Step Five: Set High Expectations for Your Staff and Yourself
- How Can You Set High Expectations for Teachers?
- How Can You Assist Teachers in Setting Goals?
- Where Can You Find the Time?
- How Can Observation and Feedback Be Used?
- What Are the Best Conferencing Techniques?
- What Is the Importance of Direct Teaching?
- How Can You Set High Expectations for Yourself?
- How Can You Use the Instructional Leadership Checklist to Assess Step Five?
- Step Five: Set High Expectations for Your Staff and Yourself
- Chapter 6: Step Six: Develop Teacher Leaders
- What Is a Teacher Leader?
- Why Are Teacher Leaders Important?
- Growing and Learning as a Professional
- Improving the Quality of Student Learning
- Winning the Battle but Losing the War
- How Can You Develop Teacher Leaders?
- Teachers as Trainers
- Teachers as Curriculum Writers and Authors
- Teachers as Decision Makers
- Teachers as Members of Committees, Task Forces, and Teams
- Teachers as Researchers
- How Can You Keep Your Team Focused?
- How Can You Build Consensus?
- Give People Time to Build Relationships
- Work with Important Issues
- Give Teachers Support and Affirmation for Their Decisions
- How Can You Maximize Your Time with Staff?
- How Can You Use the Instructional Leadership Checklist to Assess Step Six?
- Step Six: Develop Teacher Leaders
- Chapter 7: Step Seven: Establish and Maintain Positive Relationships with Students, Staff, and Parents
- How Can You Serve as an Advocate for Students?
- Grading Practices
- Instructional Issues
- Counselor, Listener, and Friend
- What Are the Key Human Relations Skills?
- How Can You Develop Morale?
- How Can You Acknowledge the Achievements of Others?
- Celebrate Success
- Golden Apple Awards
- Parent Hall of Fame
- Get It While It's Hot
- Crackerjack Job
- On-the-Spot Bonuses
- How Can You Use the Instructional Leadership Checklist to Assess Step Seven?
- Step Seven: Establish and Maintain Positive Relationships with Students, Staff, and Parents