Kenneth Leithwood is Professor of Educational Administration and Head of the Centre for Leadership Development at The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. He is the author of Developing Expert Leadership for Future Schools (with P. Begley and B. Cousins); Understanding School System Administration (with D. Musella); Cognitive Perspectives on Educational Leadership (with P. Hallinger and J. Murphy); and Improving Principal Effectiveness: The Principal Profile.
Rosanne Steinbach is Senior Research Officer at The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.
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.
Linking Leadership to Student Learning clearly shows how school leadership improves student achievement. The book is based on an ambitious five-year study on educational leadership that was sponsored by The Wallace Foundation. The authors studied 43 districts, across 9 states and 180 elementary, middle, and secondary schools. In this book, Kenneth Leithwood, Karen Seashore Louis, and their colleagues report on what they found. They examined leadership at each organizational level in the school system—classroom, school, district, community, and state. Their comprehensive approach to investigating school leadership offers a balanced understanding of how the structures within which leaders operate shape what they do. The results within will have significant implications for future policy and practice.
Praise for Linking Leadership to Student Learning
"Kenneth Leithwood and Karen Seashore Louis offer a seminal new contribution to the leadership field. They provide a rich and authoritative evidence base that demonstrates clearly just why school leadership is so important and how it promotes successful student learning."—Pamela Sammons, Ph.D., Professor of Education, Department of Education, University of Oxford, Oxford
"This ambitious, groundbreaking, and thought provoking treatment of the link between school leadership and student learning is a testament to the outstanding work of these exemplary scholars. This is a 'must read' for academics and practitioners alike."—Martha McCarthy, President's Professor, Loyola Marymount University, and Chancellor's Professor Emeritus, Indiana University
"The question is no longer whether school and district leader's impact student learning, but rather how they do it. The authors provide a convincing answer, one that recognizes the crucial interaction between leader and locality."—Daniel L. Duke, Professor of Educational Leadership, University of Virginia
'The research reported in the book presents an interesting and rich picture of successful principals in different socio-cultural contexts and their reponses to national accountability policies. This book will make an important contribution to the existing body of knowledge about leadership practices.'
Prof.dr. P. Sleegers, Faculty of Social- and Behavioural Sciences, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands