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Leader Ready

Four Pathways to Prepare Aspiring School Leaders
By: Tim Cusack, Vince Bustamante

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.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071916797
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2023
  • Page Count: 168
  • Publication date: June 06, 2023

Price: $39.95



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
The role of the principal is far more complex and challenging than ever before! It is critical that we guide more aspiring leaders to the role of principal. Leader Ready has the tools to help you achieve this! This book will provide aspiring leaders, principals, and district leaders with the know-how to build new generations of successful school leaders.


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Tim Cusack

Timothy P. Cusack , Ed.D. is an educator with thirty years of experience as a classroom teacher, department head, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent of learning services (curriculum, assessment, professional development) and currently serves as deputy superintendent of Edmonton Catholic Schools (Leadership Support Services). In his current role, he directly supports the daily work of school leadership teams and aspiring leaders across almost 100 schools.

Tim is passionate about leadership development, mentorship, systems change and improvement. His doctoral work through the University of Portland centered upon the self-efficacy of assistant principals and how to better prepare them for principalship.

Additionally, Tim has over 30 years of experience as a Naval Warfare Officer with the Royal Canadian Navy (Reserve) including four years as executive officer and three years as commanding officer of HMCS NONSUCH in Edmonton. Tim has delivered many presentations and keynote addresses across Canada and in the United States. This book is his first with Corwin.

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Vince Bustamante

Vince Bustamante, M.Ed., is a Calgary-based instructional coach, curriculum content developer, and author. Formerly focused on school improvement, Vince now specializes in working with teachers, leadership teams, schools, and school districts in implementing high impact strategies and systems. With a strong background in assessment and deep learning experiences, he is passionate about understanding and evaluating teachers' impact. Vince holds a Master of Education degree and has co-authored two bestselling books with Corwin Press: Great Teaching by Design and The Assessment Playbook for Distance and Blended Learning. He can be found on Twitter under the handle @Vincebusta.

Table of Contents

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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