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The Principal as Instructional Leader in Literacy

The Principal as Instructional Leader in Literacy

February 2009 | 160 pages | Corwin
This book is a practical guide for principals and other school leaders to use as they work to improve literacy instruction in order to increase student achievement. It provides school leaders with an understanding of literacy instruction in the context of the commonly used balanced literacy framework; explores the role of the principal in the improvement process, a role characterized by shared leadership; and then guides school leaders through the process of developing effective school teams, creating a literacy plan, supporting classroom instruction, and implementing the literacy plan.
1. Setting the Stage
Defining Literacy

A Brief, Recent History of Literacy Instruction

The Principal's Role: Instructional Leader


2. Foundations of Balanced Literacy
Staring With an Understanding of Literacy Instruction

Stages of Literacy Development

Components of Balanced Literacy

The Balanced Literacy Diet


3. Meeting the Needs of All Students
Understanding Student Needs

Differentiated Instruction


4. Instructional Leadership in Action
Identifying a Need for Change

Establishing a Set of Literacy Core Values


5. School Improvement: The Literacy Plan
Developing a Literacy Plan

Planning for Literacy Instruction


6. Working Together: Promoting Home/School/Community Partnerships
Understanding the School Community

Analyzing the Data


7. Sharing Leadership
Using a Team Approach

Teachers Learning From Teachers


8. Building Effective Teams
Creating Teams

Teams Need a Purpose

Collaborative Team Intervention


9. Supporting Classroom Instruction
Professional Development

Walking-About-the-School Strategy

Staff Supervision


10. Resolving Time Issues
Give Up Some Time, You Get Some Time

The Balanced School Day


Afterword: Are You Up to the Challenge?
Must Reads

“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

it was too specific for my course

Professor Michelle Prytula
Educational Administration, Univ of Saskatchewan
February 14, 2012

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1. Setting the Stage

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ISBN: 9781412963091