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Leverage Leadership : A Practical Guide to Building Exceptional Schools

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Paul Bambrick-Santoyo (Managing Director of Uncommon Schools) shows leaders how they can raise their schools to greatness by following a core set of principles. These seven principles, or "levers," allow for consistent, transformational, and replicable growth. With intentional focus on these areas, leaders will leverage much more learning from the same amount of time investment. Fundamentally, each of these seven levers answers the core questions of school leadership: What should an effective leader do, and how and when should they do it.


Aimed at all levels of school leadership, the book is for any principal, superintendent, or educator who wants to be a transformational leader. The book includes 30 video clips of top-tier leaders in action. These videos bring great schools to you, and support a deeper understanding of both the components of success and how it looks as a whole. There are also many helpful rubrics, extensive professional development tools, calendars, and templates.




Explores the core principles of effective leadership
Author's charter school, North Star Academy in Newark, New Jersey, received the highest possible award given by the U.S. Department of Education; the National Blue Ribbon


Print version includes an instructive DVD with 30 video clips to show how it looks in real life. E-book customers: please note that details on how to access the content from the DVD may be found in the e-book Table of Contents. Please see the section: "How to Access DVD Contents"


Bambrick-Santoyo has trained more than 1,800 school leaders nationwide in his work at Uncommon Schools and is a recognized expert on transforming schools to achieve extraordinary results.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 176 x 232 x 32mm | 612.35g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1118138600
  • 9781118138601
  • 64,287

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For too long and for too many children our education system has not worked. Yet in the face of these struggles, there are principals, superintendents, and coaches who have built extraordinary schools--not just once, but multiple times. What sets these leaders apart? Leverage Leadership demonstrates that exceptional school leaders succeed because of how they use their time: what they do, and how and when they do it. By consistently using seven core principles or "levers," each minute of their day is leveraged to maximal results. Armed with this insight, this practical guide offers the tools and systems needed to replicate these leaders' success:



Drive as much teacher development in a year as most schools do in 20 (instructional levers--Chapters 1-4)



Build the habits of mind and heart that can shape a strong school culture (cultural levers--Chapters 5-6)



With 30 videos of top-tier leaders in action along with full professional development materials, ready-to-use rubrics, and calendars, Leverage Leadership brings great schools to you--and allows you to create one yourself.



"Leverage Leadership offers a clear, detailed blueprint that will give both emerging and veteran leaders new tools for success. When it comes to school leadership, we've all been looking for guidance: now we have it."
--Jean-Claude Brizard, chief executive officer, Chicago Public Schools



"Bambrick-Santoyo shows that the 'miracles' of great school leadership aren't really miracles at all. Instead, they're the results of precise actions that will dramatically improve any school's instruction and culture, creating extraordinary results for all."
--Jean S. Desravines, chief executive officer, New Leaders



"Bambrick-Santoyo illuminates the actions and systems used by the best school leaders in the country, and then he shows you how to make them yours. If you are a school leader, or want to become one, then this is the most important book you can own. Read it and use it!"
--Mark Murphy, executive director, Vision Network
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Table of contents

DVD Contents ix


DVD Video Contents xvii


Foreword xxi


Acknowledgments xxv


About the Authors xxvii


Introduction 1


PART 1 Instruction 19


1 Data-Driven Instruction 21


The Model


Assessment: The Roadmap to Rigor


Analysis: Test in Hand, Face to Face


Action:Walking theWalk


Systems: Lock In Success


Turnaround: What to Do First


Conclusion: The Right Map to Follow


2 Observation and Feedback 59


The Traditional Model: Observation Adrift


Schedule Observation and Feedback


Identify Key Action Steps


Effective Feedback


When Feedback Isn tWorking: Strategies for Struggling Teachers


Accountability: Tools for Keeping Track of It All


Turnaround: What to Do First


Conclusion: Coaching Teachers Toward Greatness


3 Planning 109


Pitfalls of Planning


Yearly Curriculum Planning: Teaching the Right Content


Weekly and Daily Lesson Planning: Ensuring Accountability


Turnaround: What to Do First


Conclusion: Planning Makes Perfect


4 Professional Development 129


What to Teach: Follow the Data


How to Teach: Living the Learning


Avoiding Common Pitfalls of Poor PD


How to Make It Stick: Accountability


Turnaround: What to Do First


Conclusion: Beyond the Conference Room


PART 2 Culture 161


5 Student Culture 163


From Vision to System


Practice: Moving from Aspiration to Mastery


Maintain and Model: Keeping Culture on Track


Evaluating Student Culture


Turnaround: Fixing a Broken Culture


Conclusion: Small Details, Big Results


6 Staff Culture 189


by Brett Peiser, Contributing Author


Five Strategies for a Successful Staff Culture


Month-to-Month Excellence


Turnaround: From Crisis to Cohesion


Conclusion: Getting to Teamlyness


7 Managing School Leadership Teams 221


Choosing Leaders


Training Your Team


Leveraging Leadership Team Meetings: Iron Sharpens Iron


EvaluateWhat Matters Most


Conclusion: Leader Support, Student Success


PART 3 Execution 237


8 Finding the Time 239


Lock In aWeekly Schedule


Defend Your Time


The Final Step: Manage Tasks


Turnaround: Schedule for Success


Conclusion: Every Minute Matters


9 The Superintendent s Guide 267


Train Your Principals


Coach Continuously


Leverage Principal Teams


Turnaround: Support Struggling Schools


Conclusion: Succeed at Scale


Conclusion: A Brighter Future 285


PART 4 Professional Development Workshops: Overview and Highlights 287


10 Observation and Feedback Workshop 289


11 Leading Planning Workshop 307


12 Leading Professional Development Workshop 319


13 Student Culture Workshop 331


14 Finding the Time Workshop 341


Quick Reference Sheet 351


ISLLC Standards 355


Notes 357


Bibliography 365


Index 369


How to Use the DVD 379
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About Paul Bambrick-Santoyo

Paul Bambrick-Santoyo is the managing director of the award-winning North Star Academies in Newark, New Jersey. He has trained thousands of school leaders nationwide in his work at Uncommon Schools and as a faculty member for New Leaders. He is also the author of Driven by Data: A Practical Guide to Improve Instruction.
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