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Collaborative Leadership

Six Influences That Matter Most
By: Peter M. DeWitt

Foreword by John Hattie
Afterword by Russell Quaglia
A Joint Publication With Learning Forward

Painting a powerful scheme for collaborative leadership, this book will help you meet stakeholders where they are, motivate stakeholders to improve, and model how to do it.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506337111
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2016
  • Page Count: 232
  • Publication date: September 14, 2016

Price: $39.95



Get the fuel you need to drive collaborative leadership in your school!

What type of leadership do you practice? If your answer is transformational or instructional, you’re not alone. Many of us rely on these tenets. But there are better advantages in applying a holistic angle including all stakeholders—an approach known as collaborative leadership.

Peter DeWitt unpacks six leadership factors in Collaborative Leadership, all framed through the lens of John Hattie’s research. Adding insight, practical experiences, and vignettes, DeWitt paints a powerful scheme: meet stakeholders where they are, motivate stakeholders to strive for improvement, model how to do it. The meet, motivate, model blueprint will inspire you to

  • Transform your leadership practice
  • Identify where you can make immediate changes
  • Build and empower your leadership team
  • Incorporate all stakeholders into the conversation

Designed to shape collective teacher efficacy and foster teacher voice, Collaborative Leadership will leave you motivated to work together.

Check out a special podcast on Collaborative Leadership from Peter DeWitt.



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Peter M. DeWitt

Peter M. DeWitt, EdD is a former K–5 teacher (eleven years) and princi­pal (eight years). He is a school leader­ship coach who runs competency-based workshops and provides keynotes nationally and internationally, focus­ing on school leadership (collaborative cultures and instructional leadership), as well as fostering inclusive school climates.

Additionally, Peter coaches school-based leaders, directors, instructional coaches, teacher leaders, and school-based leadership teams both in per­son and remotely. In summer 2021 Peter created a yearlong on-demand asynchronous coaching course through Thinkific where he has fostered a community of learners that includes K–12 educators in leadership positions.

Peter’s work has been adopted at the state and university level, and he works with numerous school districts, school boards, regional networks, and ministries of education around North America, Australia, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the UK.

Peter writes the “Finding Common Ground” column for Education Week, which has been in circulation since 2011. In 2020 Peter co-created Education Week’s “A Seat at the Table” series, where he moderates con­versations with experts around the topics of race, gender, sexual orienta­tion, research, trauma, and many other educational topics.

Additionally, Peter is the editor for the Connected Educator series (Corwin) and the Impact series (Corwin), which include books by Viviane Robinson, Andy Hargreaves, Pasi Sahlberg, Yong Zhao, and Michael Fullan. He is the 2013 School Administrators Association of New York State’s (SAANYS) Outstanding Educator of the Year and the 2015 Education Blogger of the Year (Academy of Education Arts & Sciences), and he sits on numerous advisory boards. Peter is the author, co-author, or contributor of numerous books, including the following:

· Dignity for All: Safeguarding LGBT Students (Corwin, 2012)

· School Climate Change (co-authored with Sean Slade; ASCD, 2014)

· Flipping Leadership Doesn’t Mean Reinventing the Wheel (Corwin, 2014)

· Collaborative Leadership: Six Influences That Matter Most (Corwin/Learning Forward, 2016)

· School Climate: Leading With Collective Teacher Efficacy (Corwin/Ontario Principals Council, 2017)

· Coach It Further: Using the Art of Coaching to Improve School Leadership (Corwin, 2018)

· Instructional Leadership: Creating Practice Out of Theory (Corwin, 2020)

· 10 Mindframes for Leaders: The Visible Learning Approach to School Success (edited by John Hattie and Ray Smith; Corwin, 2020)

· Collective Leader Efficacy: Strengthening the Impact of Instructional Leadership Teams (Corwin/Learning Forward, 2021)

Peter’s articles have appeared in educational research journals at the state, national, and international level. His books have been translated into four languages.

Some of the organizations Peter has worked with are the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), Arkansas State University, EDUTAS, University of Oklahoma, Victoria Department of Education (Australia), University of Rotterdam (Netherlands), Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), the National Education Association (NEA), New Brunswick Teacher’s Association (Canada), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), Education Scotland (Scotland), Glasgow City Council (Scotland), Kuwait Technical College (Kuwait), the National Association of School Psychologists, ASCD, l’Association des directions et directions adjointes des écoles franco-ontariennes (ADFO), the Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario (CPCO), the Ontario Principals’ Council (OPC), National School Climate Center, GLSEN, PBS, NPR, BAM Radio Network, ABC, and NBC’s Education Nation.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Collaborative Leadership

What You Will Find in This Book

Why This Book?


About the Author

Chapter 1: What Do You Want to Be to Leadership?

What If You Could Be the Kind of Principal You Want to Be?

Motivating People to Be Their Best Every Day

What Is Collaborative Leadership?

Meet, Model, & Motivate

10 Critical Issues Facing Education

School Story—Many Hands Make Light Work

Meet, Model, & Motivate

Discussion Questions

Chapter 2: Instructional Leadership (.42)

What Do Instructional Leaders Do?

Collaborative Leadership: A Positive Effect on Learning

The Politics That Distract Us From Making Learning the Main Priority

Meet, Model, & Motivate

Flipping Our Focus to Learning

Student-Centered Leadership

Meet, Model, & Motivate

Discussion Questions

Chapter 3: Collective Teacher Efficacy (1.57)

To Be Effective, Teachers Need to Be Motivated

School Climate: The Plate Everything Lies On

Meet, Model, & Motivate

Enhance Communication to Promote Teacher Efficacy

Risk-Taking and Rule-Following: Finding the Balance

Within-School Variability

Fostering Teacher Voice to Increase Collaboration

Collective Teacher Efficacy

School Story—Teachers Need to Have a Voice, Too!

Meet, Model, & Motivate

Discussion Questions

Chapter 4: Assessment-Capable Learners (1.44)

Assessment-Capable Learners

Student Voice Needs to Come First

Inspiring Assessment-Capable Learning

Be More Than Visible

A Collaborative Leadership Mindframe

We Need Evidence to Collaborate Effectively

Meet, Model, & Motivate

Discussion Questions

Chapter 5: Professional Development (.51)

What Does Good Professional Development Look Like?

Flipped Faculty Meetings

Collaborative Leaders Debate, Dissect, and Discuss

The Core Business of Learning

School Story—Using Research to Engage All Stakeholders

Meet, Model, & Motivate

Discussion Questions

Chapter 6: Feedback (.75)

Feedback Is Complicated

Feedback to Move Learning Forward

One to Grow On

The Multiple Avenues of Effective Feedback

Teacher Observations: The Collaborative Approach

School Story—A New Collaboration

Meet, Model, & Motivate

Discussion Questions

Chapter 7: Family Engagement (.49)

Nurturing Family Engagement

Why Family Engagement Is Difficult

How We Communicate With Parents

Flipping Family Communications

The Partnership Approach

Branding Your School

School Story—Engaging Families at the High School Level

Meet, Model, & Motivate

Discussion Questions

Chapter 8—What Are Your Next Steps?

The Place to Start—Strengths

The Implementation Dip

Moving Forward by Discovering Your PLN

Don’t Negotiate or Regulate as Much as You Collaborate

Discussion Questions

Afterword—Russ Quaglia





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