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Aiming High

Aiming High
Leadership Actions to Increase Learning Gains

  • Evan Robb - Principal, Johnson-Williams Middle School; Berryville, VA

March 2022 | 216 pages | Corwin

Aim high to improve leading, teaching, and learning

Skillful leadership is critical as schools return to a new normalcy. Improving students’ learning and addressing the challenges many learners experienced due to recent learning interruptions are top priorities for all school leaders.

Aiming High offers leaders a framework for creating an environment where both effective instruction and a focus on social and emotional needs benefits all students and teachers. Evan Robb maps a route to building a positive, trusting culture of collaboration, creativity, and empowerment. Features include:

  • An outline of the leadership elements required to build a learner-focused culture
  • Tools for fostering productive collaboration, creating shared teacher leadership, and building trusting relationships
  • Insightful tips for addressing complexities that come with new learning formats
  • Provocative questions that guide readers toward redefining instructional leadership

Your mission as leader is clear: aim high, work intentionally and collaboratively with teachers, and create a refreshed school culture centered on learning and growth for all.

About the Author
Chapter 1. Redefining Instructional Leadership
Chapter 2. Collaborative Leadership: Activate, Influence, and Elevate
Chapter 3. Building Trusting Relationships
Chapter 4. Supporting Students and Staff Through Professional Learning
Chapter 5. Creating a Culture of Access, Equity, and High Expectations
Chapter 6. Leading for Literacy
Chapter 7. Leading for Numeracy
Chapter 8. Next Steps: Leading a Culture of Learning

Are you a principal or school administrator looking to make a real difference in your school’s culture and academic performance? Look no further than Aiming High: Leadership Actions to Increase Learning Gains by Evan Robb. This book is packed with actionable strategies and ideas for making school a better place for teachers to teach and students to learn. As a literacy scholar myself I was particularly impressed with the Leading for Literacy chapter. What Evan presents is not only based on research, but also on his own work as an innovative school administrator. This is truly a powerful book and one that I am sure principals and school leaders will keep front and center on their desks. Bravo!

Timothy Rasinski
Professor of Literacy Education, Rebecca Tolle and Burton W. Gorman Chair in Educational Leadership, Kent State University

In Leading to Aim High, Evan Robb details how the global pandemic has presented educational leaders a tremendous opportunity to update how they facilitate literacy to meet the needs of 21st century learners. Solid reading and writing results from four types of reading instruction, and Robb shows educators how to excel whether students are in-person, hybrid or virtual. This book is a practical and invaluable guide for school leaders, teachers and staff who want students to succeed and develop a commitment to lifelong learning.

Danny Brassell
Internationally-Acclaimed Speaker, Bestselling Author, Co-creator of

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