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Updated Edition of Bestseller

Collaborative Leadership

Developing Effective Partnerships for Communities and Schools
Second Edition
By: Hank Rubin

Foreword by Mary Futrell

This updated bestseller shows educators how they can improve student learning by building successful collaborative relationships with colleagues, students, and the community.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781412965446
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2009
  • Page Count: 160
  • Publication date: January 10, 2013

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"Hank Rubin has fashioned a new and needed vision for collaborative leadership that can work anywhere—especially in schools. Rubin properly argues that public school success is not a top-down enterprise; it is a collaborative one. He reminds us that well-managed relationships and intentional collaboration are essential skills for all school leaders, from those teaching in classrooms to those running state agencies. This is a must-read for teachers and other champions of school policies and practices that support the success of every student."
—John Wilson, Executive Director
National Education Association

"Hank Rubin translates complex, contextually driven processes into digestible bites. The text is compelling, refreshing, and a joy to read."
—Chris Ferguson, Program Associate
Southwest Educational Development Laboratory

"Rubin's book provides an eloquent and practical articulation of collaborative leadership and its potential to improve the partnership of communities and public schools."
—Wendy Caszatt-Allen, Teacher and Author
Mid-Prairie Middle School, Kalona, IA

Build successful collaborative relationships in your school—and watch resources for student achievement soar!

Written to inspire and support educators in becoming transformative, collaborative leaders, this updated edition of a best-selling resource demonstrates how educators can use collaboration skills to help shape school culture and build and maintain strong schoolwide relationships that contribute meaningfully to students' learning.

Visionary Hank Rubin provides a broad overview of collaboration in education and lays the foundation for working with colleagues, establishing strong partnerships, and cooperating with students to achieve goals. Updated with the latest research and filled with practical examples, this resource examines 14 phases of collaboration and helps educators:

  • Understand the knowledge, skills, and personal characteristics necessary to foster successful collaboration
  • Nurture relationships between students and the institutions and individuals associated with learning
  • Build collaborative community relationships that support an instructional agenda
  • Incorporate the study of collaboration and related reflective activities into leadership practice

By applying these vital principles of collaboration to their work, educators will discover what a school of collaborative excellence is capable of achieving!

Key features

  • Straightforward discussion of specific skills and attributes that foster successful collaboration
  • Exploration of the phases of collaboration, including a checklist and practical framework
  • 7 essential characteristics of effective collaborative leaders
  • Definitions and discussions of the contexts and purposes of collaboration that are practical and thought-provoking


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Hank Rubin

Hank Rubin is president of the nonprofit Institute for Collaborative Leadership, former distinguished visiting scholar at George Mason University, and dean-in-residence at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. He was previously joint dean of education at The University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University.

With corporate, political, business, and nonprofit experience, Rubin is a nationally respected collaborative leader, educational spokesperson, and children’s advocate. Rubin’s work reflects the vision of one who sees the world through the eyes of a broad cross-section of those who influence the national, regional, and local partnerships needed to make sure that all children can succeed.

He has taught seventh- and eighth-grade students, run three nonprofit organizations and created several others, directed and taught in the Midwest's largest urban graduate school of public (government and nonprofit) administration, served as vice president for sales and marketing in an international manufacturing firm, served as associate vice president for institutional advancement in a large urban univer­sity, taught graduate students in education and business manage­ment, run for—and held—public office, and started and managed his own consulting firm before founding the nonprofit Institute for Collaborative Leadership.

Rubin was an early researcher and leader in the field of nonprofit leadership. He was co-convener of the Clarion Initiative (a series of symposia that began at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and produced a framework that has guided nonprofit trainers, educators, and researchers since the 1980s). With more than 20 publications on topics including school reform, educational goal setting, public ethics, philanthropy, and nonprofit management, Rubin is a respected consultant, speaker, and advocate for innovative and collaborative approaches to leadership, training, and public education. He served as Ohio's first associate superintendent for students, families, and communities and was a founding member of both the Ohio Learning First Alliance and the Chicago Panel on Public School Policy and Finance.

Rubin earned his PhD from Northwestern University and his MA and BA from the University of Chicago with early coursework at the State University of New York at Geneseo.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Second Edition

Preface and Overview

Who Is This Book For?

Building Relationships for Children

A Note to Grantmakers

A Note on Writing a Book

A Quick Guide for the Reader

Dear Reader …


About the Author

1. An Invitation to Collaborative Leadership

Cutting Stone

Working Definitions

2. Collaborative Leadership: A Continuing Mandate

In Our DNA

The Importance of Powerlessness

The Position of Mission

The Monitor’s Dim Glow

3. Collaborative Leadership: If We Do It Right

Leveraging Leadership

Beyond Toolboxes

Collaboration and Competition

Collaboration and Creativity

Pushing String: Authenticity and Intentionality

So, Who Is a Collaborative Leader?

4. The Nature of Collaboration

Individual and Representational Participation

Types and Tones of Collaboration

Veracity and Tenacity

A Final Note

5. Most of Us Begin by Missing the Point: Why Education

Democracy’s Midwife

Supporting Education’s Civic Purpose

More Than Memory Banks

Content and Collaboration

Answering the Call for Public Collaborations

6. The 4th R

Looking at Teachers as Collaborative Leaders

Teaching Collaboration for Teaching’s Public Purpose

The Easy Case for Principals and Superintendents as Collaborative Leaders

A Final Thought

Schools and Colleges of Education

7. Constructing Models

The How

It’s All in Your Head!

Constellations-of-Relationships: Thinking Through Relationships

Collaboration’s Life Cycle


Phase 1: Why Collaborate?

Phase 2: Outcomes? Decision Makers?

Phase 3: Research: Knowledge, Policy, Politics

Phase 4: Stakeholders?

Phase 5: Frame and Recruit

Phase 6: Leaders, Structure, Roles, and Rules

Phase 7: Develop an Action Plan

Phase 8: Begin With Successes

Phase 9: Build Bonds Between Partners

Phase 10: Celebrate Successes

Phase 11: Assess, Adjust, and Reinforce Bonds

Phase 12: Goal-Centered Accountability

Phase 13: Scaffold the Change

Phase 14: Revisit and Renew Mission

Final Note

8. The Dimensions of Collaborative Leadership

Of Sums and Parts

The Value of Clusters

The Personal Dimensions of Collaborative Leadership

The Management Dimensions of Collaborative Leadership

9. Nine Nuggets

A Practitioner’s Postscript

Nine Principles of Effective Collaborative Leadership

Resource A: Planning and Assessment: An Intentional Q&A

Resource B: A New Conceptual Framework: A Tool for Teachers, Curriculum Developers, and Researchers

Resource C: “Schools of Collaborative Excellence”: A Model for School-Based Leaders





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