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The Leadership Brain
How to Lead Today's Schools More Effectively

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June 2003 | 320 pages | Corwin
`As educators struggle with the demands of No Child Left Behind, David Sousa offers practical ideas for linking the research being done by neuroscientists to the real world of learning in the classroom' - The School Administrator

`The Leadership Brain is an incredible resource. David Sousa has taken brain research and made it meaningful to principals by showing them how a basic understanding of this field can make a difference at school' - Principal Magazin

David A Sousa is an international educational consultant. He has conducted workshops in hundreds of school districts on brain research, brain based learning, instructional skills, supervision, and science education at the primary, secondary, and university levels. He has made presentations at national conventions of educational organizations and has served as a consultant to regional and local school districts across the United States, Canada, and Europe.

This book is written to provide educational leaders insights into how research in cognitive neuroscience and other related areas can inform their practice. This book will explore the attributes of a successful leader, the basic facts that educational leaders should know about parts of the brain and their functions, how a leader encourage and develop creativity in a school, and many more such facets pertaining brain-compatible leadership. The book further explains the meaning of leadership, and the reasoning that if leadership is the key to true educational reform, then thoughtful leadership is the key to thoughtful reform. Science can provide leaders with a deeper understanding of their own thinking processes so that their decisions are mindful and ethical, and that is what this book will aim to illustrate.

 
About the Author
 
Introduction
Changing America's Schools  
About this Book  
 
1. Understanding Leadership
Schools Need True Leaders  
Attribute of a Leader  
Organizational Expectations  
Leadership Styles  
What Style of Leader Am I?  
Impact of Brain Research on Leadership  
Major Points in Chapter 1  
 
2. Linking Leadership to the Brain
Brain Structure and Function  
Learning and Retention  
Leadership and the Brain  
Creativity  
Imagery (Visualization)  
Major Points in Chapter 2  
 
3. Brain-Compatible Curriculum
Students Expectations About Learning  
Deciding What Should Be Learned  
Revising Curriculum  
Curriculum for Special Needs Students  
Integrating Technology into the Classroom  
The Pitfalls of Curriculum Change  
Major Points in Chapter 3  
 
4. Brain-Compatible Instruction and Assessment
Components of Brain-Compatible Instruction  
Assessment  
Major Points in Chapter 4  
 
5. Teacher Evaluation
Traditional Models of Teacher Evaluation  
Teacher Evaluation for the 21st Century  
Designing a Comprehensive Teacher Evaluation Program  
Evaluating Principals and District Office Administrators  
Major Points in Chapter 5  
 
6. Ethical and Spiritual Leadership
Ethical Leadership  
Brain Research and Ethical Behavior  
Spiritual Leadership  
Major Points in Chapter 6  
 
7. Transforming School Culture
Types of School Culture  
Monitoring School Culture  
Attitudes and Beliefs About Schooling  
Attitudes and Beliefs About Students  
Parents and School Culture  
Transforming Through Collaboration  
Working With Teams  
Staff Development  
Major Points in Chapter 7  
 
8. Putting It All Together
A Whole-Brained Approach to Leadership  
Developing and Retaining Educational Leaders  
Major Points in Chapter 8  
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Resources
 
Index

“As educators struggle with the demands of No Child Left Behind, Sousa offers practical ideas for linking the research being done by neuroscientists to the real world of learning in the classroom.”

The School Administrator, January 2004

"The Leadership Brain is an incredible resource. David Sousa has taken brain research and made it meaningful to principals by showing them how a basic understanding of this field can make a difference at school."

Principal Magazine, March/April 2004

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