Balanced Leadership for Powerful Learning

Balanced Leadership for Powerful Learning

Tools for Achieving Success in Your School

By: Bryan Goodwin, Greg Cameron, Heather Hein

Publication date: 2016
ISBN: 978-1-4166-2088-4

Thousands of school leaders worldwide have improved their leadership skills and their students’ achievement with our research-based Balanced Leadership® program. This book shares the lessons we’ve learned, the stories we’ve heard, and the guidance that has made the biggest difference in student achievement and staff success. You’ll learn how a balanced approach enables more effective implementation of the fundamental components of leadership: establishing a clear focus on what matters most for the entire school; managing the challenges associated with change to sustain improvement efforts; and creating a committed, purposeful, and positive community of teachers and staff.

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The leadership practices that matter most are the ones that research shows positively affect student achievement. This book outlines the findings of McREL's research and analysis on effective school leadership, which revealed 21 critical actions school leaders can take to make a real difference for their students and staff.

Explore specific practices and the step-by-step tools you need to integrate the actions and behaviors of successful leaders into your daily practices. Learn how a balanced approach—melding purposeful change with continuous maintenance—keeps the focus on these 21 responsibilities, and makes school leaders more effective in implementing the three fundamental components of leadership:

-Establishing a clear focus keeping the work and the conversations targeted on the issues that matter most;
-Managing change understanding how to skillfully steer through the challenges associated with making improvements, both large and small; and
-Developing a purposeful community creating a sense among all teachers and staff that they are invested in student outcomes and that they can make a difference.

This book puts you on the journey to acquiring those practices and shares in-depth stories of other principals from across the U.S. who have successfully implemented the Balanced Leadership practices in their schools.

Pages: 112
Language: English
Publisher: ASCD, McREL International
Edition: First
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Bryan Goodwin

Bryan Goodwin is the president and CEO of McREL International. Goodwin, a former teacher and journalist, has been at McREL for more than 15 years, serving previously as chief operating officer and director of communications and marketing. Prior to joining McREL, he was a college instructor, a high school teacher, and an award‐winning business journalist. He frequently presents keynotes and conference sessions on best practices for instruction, school leadership, and education innovation. Bryan thrives on translating research into practice, scanning the world for new insights and best practices on teaching and leading, and helping educators everywhere adapt them to address their own challenges.

Education: B.A. in Professional Writing and Environmental Studies from Baylor University. M.A. in Rhetoric and Communication Studies from the University of Virginia.

Greg Cameron

Greg Cameron was an executive director at McREL International, where he provided oversight and support for McREL's school-level leadership work. From 2002 to 2015, he served on the organization's leadership design and developmental team, creating and facilitating high-quality professional learning experiences for school leaders across the U.S. and around the world. Previously, he was an elementary school principal, an assistant principal, and a middle and high school classroom teacher.

Education: B.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder M.A. from the University of Denver

Heather Hein

Heather Hein was a communications consultant at McREL International. She served as managing editor of McREL's Changing Schools magazine, and provided editorial support and guidance for the organization. Prior to her work with McREL, Heather taught English as a second language to adults and worked as a journalist.

Education: M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction and a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Colorado.