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This thorough leadership resource offers clear steps leaders can take to turn their priority school around. Discover how struggling schools can implement a strong coaching system, create and align schoolwide SMART goals, and prioritize time for collaboration to overcome obstacles and ensure learning for all.

Benefits

  • Discover how to effectively reframe accountability so everyone buys into the collective aspect of student learning.
  • Focus on creating and aligning SMART goals—schoolwide, at the collaborative team–level, and at the individual teacher–level.
  • Get ideas for extending work for proficient students, which can help boost a school’s grade.
  • Provide targeted feedback and effectively moderate and liaise within your professional learning communities.
  • Implement a strong, collaborative coaching system to support teacher development.

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Charting the Course for Leaders

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter 1: Leading School-Improvement Work With Intention
Chapter 2: Building District Culture
Chapter 3: Employing High-Level Strategies From the District Office
Chapter 4: Building Collaborative and Passionately Agreed-to SMART Goals
Chapter 5: Aligning the Arrows for Continuous-Improvement Planning With SMART Goals
Chapter 6: Focusing on Collective Responsibility
Chapter 7: Leveraging Shared Leadership in the Priority School
Chapter 8: Ensuring the District Guiding Coalition and School Learning Team Have Impact
Chapter 9: Monitoring Productivity Instead of Activity
Chapter 10: Providing Feedback on the Right Work
Chapter 11: Giving All Teachers the Coach They Deserve

STUDY GUIDE

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REPRODUCIBLES

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

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