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

What are the school leadership actions that research shows have the biggest effects on student outcomes? Balanced Leadership for Powerful Learning summarizes 21 effective behaviors, responsibilities, and actions that successful principals and school leadership teams take to help their schools become more successful. In addition, the book provides ready-to-use tools and activities you and your team can use to establish a clear focus on what matters most for your students; lead and manage change initatives for school improvement; and build a purposeful, positive, and united sense of efficacy among your teachers and support staff.

Along the way, you'll read first-hand accounts from principals across the U.S. who have used Balanced Leadership in their schools, as they share lessons learned and offer guidance on what has made the biggest difference in student achievement and staff success. 


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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 president and CEO of McREL International. For 21 years at McREL, he has translated research into practice, scanning the world for new insights and best practices on teaching and leading, and has helped educators everywhere adapt them to address their own challenges. A frequent conference presenter, he is the author of Out of Curiosity: Restoring the Power of Hungry Minds for Better Workplaces, Schools, and Lives and Simply Better: Doing What Matters Most to Change the Odds for Student Success, as well as co-author of Curiosity Works: A Guidebook for Moving Your School from Improvement to Innovation, Unstuck: How Curiosity, Peer Coaching, and Teaming Can Change Your School, Balanced Leadership for Powerful Learning: Tools for Achieving Success in Your School, and The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching: A Checklist for Staying Focused Every Day. Before joining McREL in 1998, Bryan was a college instructor, a high school teacher, and a business journalist.

Education: M.A. Rhetoric and Communication Studies, University of Virginia; B.A. Professional Writing and Environmental Studies, Baylor University

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: M.A. University of Denver; B.A. University of Colorado, Boulder

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. Curriculum & Instruction and B.S. Journalism, University of Colorado