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.
Chapter 1: Step One: Establish, Implement, and Achieve Academic Standards
Step One: Establish, Implement, and Achieve Academic Standards
To provide a knowledge-centered classroom environment, attention must be given to what is taught (information, subject matter), why it is taught (understanding), and what competence or mastery looks like.
If the primary purpose of schooling is learning, then determining what students need to know, how and when it should be taught, and whether or not these instructional goals have been reached are paramount for effective instructional leaders. Decisions about what to teach were easy when textbooks were the curriculum. Principals could place one teacher's edition and 30 books for each course or subject in the hands of the teacher and depart, confident that the material ...