The School Leadership Playbook: A Field Guide for Dramatic Improvement
April 2015, Jossey-Bass
The School Leadership Playbook is a practical guide for education leaders looking to push their school's and students' achievement to the next level. Developed by renowned leadership preparation program New Leaders, the Transformational Leadership Framework focuses on the five categories that drive a school's success: Learning and Teaching, School Culture, Talent Management, Operations and Systems, and Personal Leadership. This book illustrates how each of these factors contributes to breakthrough gains, and outlines a plan for implementing changes in your own school. You'll learn how to accurately diagnose the current state of your school's academics and culture and create an action plan for the year ahead. The TLF is grounded in the latest research and case studies of the highest-gaining turnaround schools, and shows you the specific actions you can take to attract, retain, and support high-performing teachers; improve school culture; successfully involve parents and the community; and ultimately drive student success.
New Leaders developed the UEF to pinpoint what schools achieving significant student academic gains were doing, and how they were doing it. This book provides a practical breakdown of the framework to help you begin leading these changes in your own school.
- Ensure rigorous goal- and data-driven teaching and learning
- Build and manage a high-performance faculty aligned to the school's vision
- Implement effective and efficient operations and systems
- Model the tone you would like to see from students and teachers school-wide
By matching the needs of the school to effective principal actions and school practices, leaders can create a plan for transformational change.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS vii
ABOUT NEW LEADERS ix
LEADERSHIP FOR SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT 1
Our Experience: Developing Transformational Leaders for High-Poverty Schools 3
The Transformational Leadership Framework 4
What Is the TLF? 5
CHAPTER ONE Learning and Teaching 13
Lever 1 Aligned curriculum 22
Lever 2 Classroom practices and instruction 26
Lever 3 Data 30
Lever 4 Student-centered differentiation 36
CHAPTER TWO School Culture 39
Lever 1 Shared mission and values 48
Lever 2 Relationships 56
Lever 3 Family and community engagement 62
CHAPTER THREE Talent Management 65
Lever 1 Recruitment and onboarding 76
Lever 2 Instructional leadership team 84
Lever 3 Performance monitoring and evaluation 88
Lever 4 Professional learning and collaboration 96
CHAPTER FOUR Operations and Planning 101
Lever 1 Goal setting and implementation 108
Lever 2 Time management 112
Lever 3 Budget 116
Lever 4 Community and district relations 122
CHAPTER FIVE Personal Leadership 127
Levers in the Personal Leadership Category 132
Lever 1 Belief-based and goal-driven leadership 137
Lever 2 Equity-focused leadership 138
Lever 3 Interpersonal leadership 139
Lever 4 Adaptive leadership 140
Lever 5 Resilient leadership 141
APPENDIX Methodology of the New Leaders Research Study145
BIBLIOGRAPHY AND WORKS CITED 156
JEAN DESRAVINES is CEO of New Leaders, an innovative school reform organization that develops and supports highly effective leaders.
BENJAMIN FENTON is co-founder and chief strategy officer at New Leaders. A recognized expert on principal quality, Ben leads New Leaders' human capital consulting initiatives.
Become a transformational school leader with the powerful Transformational Leadership Framework from New Leaders. Develop and implement effective practices to improve student achievement and help navigate the changing landscape of your school.