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Foreword by Peter DeWitt
Afterword by John Hattie
This research-based framework uses professional knowledge, modeling, coaching, and guided and mastery experiences to create a clear path from support roles to confident, independent leadership.
- Grade Level: PreK-12
- ISBN: 9781071916797
- Published By: Corwin
- Year: 2023
- Page Count: 168
- Publication date: June 06, 2023
The solution for preparing excellent school leaders is right in front of you
The best way to prepare aspiring leaders for principalship is to offer hands-on opportunities to develop the skills they’ll need when they’re in charge. Being a principal calls for originality, innovation, and the ability to work under pressure. Yet so few assistant principals and other aspiring leaders actually get to develop these competencies in meaningful ways that prepare them to lead a school with confidence.
Leader Ready presents a framework that walks aspiring school leaders along the path to strong and independent principalship by using a mix of professional knowledge, modeling, coaching, guided experiences, and mastery experiences. Full of processes, action steps, and examples from the field, features include;
- A research-based plan for creating better conditions for aspiring leaders
- Guidance for achieving systemic professional growth throughout the school year
- Analysis of school-leadership standards to inform practice
- Voices of leaders, aspiring leaders, and experts from the field
Table of Contents
Foreword by Peter M. DeWitt
Your Guide to This Book
Chapter 1: An Answer to Leadership in Crisis
Chapter 2: Raising the Bar of Leadership Standard
Chapter 3: Creating a Culture for Implementation
Chapter 4: Planning Guided Leadership Experiences
Chapter 5: Attaining Mastery Experiences
Conclusion: Implementing the Four Roots
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Leader Ready gets to the root of what is holding back aspiring leaders from pursuing the role of principal and provides a blueprint for supporting our future leaders. Cusack and Bustamante draw from their many years in leadership to bring us this great advice. Leader Ready is a must for every principal’s bookshelf!Carmen Markowski
St. Joseph Catholic School
We owe emerging school leaders the conditions, strategies, and opportunities necessary to grow and succeed. Cusack and Bustamante’s work is a major step forward in the right direction!Wayne Davies
Nelson McIntyre Collegiate Institute
Leader Ready is a must-have resource for anyone supporting the development of aspiring leaders. Cusack and Bustamante’s Universal Leadership Standards, leadership development model, and templates provide a road map for building leadership capacity.Kelli Leavell
Bremerton School District
Any leader at any stage in their career can gain something from this book. Cusack and Bustamante’s Universal Leadership Standards provide a framework that can be utilized by even the most seasoned educational leaders for years to come!Ryan Persaud
The International School of Curitiba
Cusack and Bustamante provide us with a vision for inspiring the most opportune yet underserved school leaders: assistant principals. The authors’Sam Jordan
focus on informed and strategic professional growth encourages aspiring leaders to engage with the challenges of today’s school systems with confidence and wisdom.
Alaska Council of School Administrators
This book will develop great principals who support assistant principals to become great future principals. Cusack and Bustamante deliver a path toRandy Hetherington
connect potential and intention and move to dynamic implementation. Their interactive approach is rooted in standards and supported by lived experience.
University of Portland
This book offers practical strategies and tools for developing leadership skills in aspiring and novice school and district leaders. Cusack and Bustamante synthesize the research and issues relevant to assistant principals differentiated by level of experience, something rarely accomplished.Andrea Kane
University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education