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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: 978-1-119-49662-5

Jul 2018, Jossey-Bass

432 pages



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.

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About the Authors


A Paradigm Shift: The Levers of Leadership

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

Pulling the Lever

Who Should Use This Book—And How

Part I: Instruction

Chapter 1: Data-Driven Instruction

Assessment: What Will Students Learn?

Analysis: What & Why Didn’t They Learn?

Action: Teaching & Re-Teaching to Mastery

Put It All Together—Lead Data Meetings

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


Pulling the Lever

Chapter 2: Planning

Unit Planning

Effective Lesson Planning

Coaching for Effective Planning


Pulling the Lever

Chapter 3: Observation & Feedback

Systems: Monitor your Feedback

Turnaround—What to Do First


Pulling the Lever

Chapter 4: Professional Development

What to Teach: Follow the Data

How to Teach: Live the Learning

How to Make it Stick: Follow up

Turnaround—What to Do First


Pulling the Lever

Part II: Culture

Chapter 5: Student Culture

Monitor & Maintain

Turnaround—Fixing a Broken Culture


Pulling the Lever

Chapter 6: Staff Culture

Set the Vision

Roll It Out

Protect It

Turnaround—Coming Together


Pulling the Lever

Chapter 7: Managing School Leadership Teams

Choose Your Team

Train Your Team—Roll Out the Vision

Monitor the School

Lead Effective Leadership Meetings


Pulling the Lever

Part III: Making It Happen

Chapter 8: Finding the Time

Build Your Weekly Schedule

Defend Your Time

The Final Step: Managing Tasks

Pulling the Lever

Conclusion: A Brighter Future

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

Preview Opening of Chapter 2: Identifying the Right Action Step

Criteria for Principal Action Steps

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