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Leading the Launch

A Ten-Stage Process for Successful District Initiatives

How do schools and districts make true progress? One step at a time. Leading the Launch offers a ten-stage initiative implementation process proven to help you lead the charge for change with ingenuity, flexibility, responsiveness, and passion. Ideal for a team book study, this resource includes strategies, tools, case studies, and end-of-chapter action plans and checklists to guide your work.


  • Learn how to research and develop new school initiatives following an effective, systematic plan.
  • Communicate with stakeholders and school personnel to ensure everyone is on the same page with new initiatives.
  • Analyze data to help determine whether to move forward with a proposed initiative.
  • Explore how to seamlessly implement new systems and initiatives into schools and districts.
  • Sustain and balance new initiatives with current systems to guarantee long-term success.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Stage 1—Research and Vet the Idea
Chapter 2: Stage 2—Pitch the Proposal
Chapter 3: Stage 3—Determine Priorities
Chapter 4: Stage 4—Design the Proof of Concept, Prototype, and Pilot
Chapter 5: Stage 5—Build Stakeholder Engagement
Chapter 6: Stage 6—Gather and Analyze Data
Chapter 7: Stage 7—Make a Decision
Chapter 8: Stage 8—Plan and Deliver Professional Development
Chapter 9: Stage 9—Implement the Initiative
Chapter 10: Stage 10—Provide Ongoing Support
Epilogue: Balancing Acts
References and Resources


Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10




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  • DuFour, R., DuFour, R., Eaker, R., Many, T. W., & Mattos, M. (2016). Learning by doing: A handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work (3rd ed.). Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Erkens, C., & Twadell, E. (2012). Leading by design: An action framework for PLC at Work leaders. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.