Skip to main content

Leverage Leadership 2.0: A Practical Guide to Building Exceptional Schools



Leverage Leadership 2.0: A Practical Guide to Building Exceptional Schools

Paul Bambrick-Santoyo, Doug Lemov (Foreword by)

ISBN: 978-1-119-49660-1 July 2018 Jossey-Bass 432 Pages

Download Product Flyer

Download Product Flyer

Download Product Flyer is to download PDF in new tab. This is a dummy description. Download Product Flyer is to download PDF in new tab. This is a dummy description. Download Product Flyer is to download PDF in new tab. This is a dummy description. Download Product Flyer is to download PDF in new tab. This is a dummy description.


Cut through the mystique to learn the real drivers of great school leadership

Leverage Leadership 2.0 answers the basic question: what do great school leaders do that separates them from the rest?  Rooted in the observation and training of over 20,000 school leaders worldwide, Leverage Leadership 2.0 offers a practical, updated and easier-to-use follow-up to the original, with field-tested techniques and actionable advice. As educational leaders around the world implement Leverage Leadership ideas, their collective stories have revealed a simple framework by which the seven levers may be implemented: See It, Name It, Do It. This book aligns classic Leverage Leadership principles with this proven framework to streamline implementation and help good leaders become great.  Expert discussion and real-life success stories prove that effective leadership is not about innate charisma, charm, or personality—it’s about how a leader uses their time.

Aimed at all levels of school leadership, this book shows you what to do, and how and when to do it. The companion DVD includes 30 real-world videos that showcase effective leadership happening in our schools right now, and all templates, tools, and other professional development materials have been fully refreshed with a renewed focus on real-world implementation.   Informational, inspirational, and highly motivational, this book explores both the separate components of success and what it looks like as a whole.

  • Learn the core principles of effective leadership
  • Understand what success looks like on the ground
  • Practice the seven levers of leadership that allow transformational growth
  • Adopt the tools and techniques that facilitate a schoolwide transformation

Educational leaders from a diverse array of schools around the world have found unprecedented success using the key principles detailed in Leverage Leadership, and this book is inspired — and informed — by their stories. Leverage Leadership 2.0 is the practical resource school leaders need to start making real change happen today.

DVD Video Content xi

DVD Additional Materials xvii

Foreword xix

Acknowledgments xxiii

About the Author xxv

Introduction 1

A Paradigm Shift: The Levers of Leadership 3

A “Practical Guide”: What You’ll Find in the Book 10

Who Should Use This Book—And How 17

The Path Ahead 21

Part 1 Instruction 23

1 Data-Driven Instruction 25

Assessment: What Will Students Learn? 30

Analysis: What and Why Didn’t They Learn? 41

Action: Teaching and Reteaching to Mastery 50

Put It All Together—Lead Data Meetings 57

Making It Work: How It Fits into a Leader’s Schedule 72

Turnaround—DDI Is the Strategy 78

Conclusion 79

Pulling the Lever 86

2 Planning 89

Unit Planning 92

Lesson Planning 106

Coaching for Effective Planning 112

Monitoring Planning 116

Turnaround—What to Do First 119

Conclusion 120

Pulling the Lever 124

3 Observation and Feedback 127

Observe More Frequently 131

Identify the Right Action Step 137

Deliver Effective Feedback 154

Systems: Monitor Your Feedback 169

Turnaround—What to Do First 174

Conclusion 175

Pulling the Lever 179

4 Professional Development 181

What to Teach: Follow the Data 184

How to Teach: Live the Learning 197

How to Make It Stick: Follow Up 208

Turnaround—What to Do First 210

Conclusion 211

Pulling the Lever 216

Part 2 Culture 219

5 Student Culture 221

Set the Vision 224

Roll It Out to Your Staff 236

Roll It Out to Your Students 242

Monitor and Maintain 243

Turnaround—Fixing a Broken Culture 248

Conclusion 253

Pulling the Lever 259

6 Staff Culture 263

Set the Vision 266

Roll It Out 273

Protect It 277

Turnaround—Coming Together 284

Conclusion 285

Pulling the Lever 288

7 Managing School Leadership Teams 289

Choose Your Team 291

Train Your Team—Roll Out the Vision 293

Monitor the School 299

Lead Effective Leadership Meetings 301

Conclusion 308

Pulling the Lever 311

Part 3 Making It Happen 313

8 Finding the Time 315

Build Your Weekly Schedule 318

Defend Your Time 330

The Final Step: Managing Tasks 335

Conclusion 341

Pulling the Lever 344

Conclusion A Brighter Future 347

Appendix A A Sneak Peek: A Principal Manager’s Guide to Leverage Leadership 349

Preview Opening of Chapter 2: Identifying the Right Action Step 350

Criteria for Principal Action Steps 353

Appendix B The DVD: PD Workshop Materials and Key Documents 361

How to Use One-Pagers 361

How to Use Supporting Documents 362

How to Use the Workshop Materials 362

Preview: Observation and Feedback Workshop 363

Quick Reference Sheet 364

Notes 367

Index 377