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The Principal as Data-Driven Leader

The Principal as Data-Driven Leader

February 2009 | 160 pages | Corwin
Part of the Ontario PrincipalÆs Council Leading Student Achievement Series, this book is designed to help school leaders get started on using data to inform, shape, revise and assess their school improvement plan. In this practical guide, the author defines what data is and is not, explains the roles of the principal in leading the data-based school improvement planning process, and outlines how a principal can successfully introduce data-driven school improvement planning, create a culture of using broadly based data to inform all decisions, and use and refine the data-driven school improvement planning cycle.
1. School Improvement Planning
The International Drive for Accountability in Education

School Improvement Planning for Student Achievement


2. The Dimensions of the Principal as Data-Driven Leader
The Principal as Leader

The Principal as Professional Developer

The Principal?s Role as Communicator


3. Introducing Data-Based School Improvement
Convincing School Staff

Working With Leadership Teams

Making Data Use Explicit


4. Finding Reliable, Valid, and Comprehensive Data
Types of Data

Intersecting Data

Defining Data Types With Your Staff


5. The Data-Driven School Improvement Planning Cycle
The School Improvement Planning Cycle

In-School Application and Practice

Ensuring That Evidence Is Valid and Complete


6. Embedding the Cycle in the School's Culture
Facilitating Success

Adding to the Tool Kit


Educator Tool Kit

"This series of publications addresses some of the most important improvement challenges facing school leaders today. The authors of the series bring a remarkable combination of deep, practical experience and academic sophistication to these challenges. The series should be required reading for all school leaders."

Ken Leithwood, Professor
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

“At last, a series of outstanding books by practicing administrators, for practicing principals. Avoiding high-flown theory on the one hand and mere lists of bullet points on the other, these books represent the best that highly expert leaders have to offer—intellectually informed ideas about how to deal with the compelling practical issues of principalship. Getting down from the ivory tower and stepping out of the principal’s office, these authors offer some of the most important and useful books about leadership that principals can buy.”

Andy Hargreaves, Thomas More Brennan Chair in Education
Boston College

“This series of little volumes offers a plethora of rich ideas ranging from practice and specific methods right down to easy-to-use worksheets. It provides a valuable resource for new principals who would become accomplished instructional leaders and also for seasoned principals looking to strengthen their leadership capacity.”

Roland S. Barth, Former Teacher and Principal
Founding Director, Harvard Principals’ Center

“This is a great series that allows school principals to integrate theory and practice themselves, resulting in highly insightful and practical strategies that will make a difference in schools. Practitioners: lead thyselves!”

Michael Fullan, Professor Emeritus
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

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