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Leadership Development on a Large Scale

Lessons for Long-Term Success
First Edition
By: Kenneth Leithwood

Forewords by Philip Hallinger and John Malloy
A Joint Publication with the Ontario Principals' Council

By drawing on the numerous cases and stories outlined in Leithwood's book, educators will gain a deep understanding of how to take leadership development to the next level and prepare the next wave of talented school leaders for success.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781544342214
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2018
  • Page Count: 208
  • Publication date: October 12, 2018

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Effective school leadership can have a transformative impact on the lives of students. Written by one of the foremost scholars in the field. this book draws lessons from one of the most successful long-term educational leadership studies ever conducted to provide actionable advice and specific strategies. Learn how to:

  • Understand the evidence base to design effective leadership development programs and initiatives
  • Support instructional leaders in leading collaborative inquiry approaches to classroom pedagogy to help teachers convey complex ideas to students
  • Establish Principal Learning Teams to help guide school-wide and districtwide decision-making


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Kenneth Leithwood

Dr. Leithwood is Emeritus Professor at OISE/University of Toronto. His research and writing is about school leadership, educational policy and organizational change. He has published extensively on these topics. For example, he is the senior editor of both the first and second International Handbooks on Educational Leadership and Administration (Kluwer Publishers, 1996, 2003). His most recent books include How School Leaders Contribute to Student Success (2017, Springer), Linking Leadership to Student Learning (2012, Jossey Bass), Leading School Turnaround (2010, Jossey Bass), Distributed leadership: The state of the evidence (2009, Routledge), Leading with Teachers’ Emotions in Mind (2008, Corwin), Making Schools Smarter (Corwin, 3rd edition, 2006) and Teaching for Deep Understanding (Corwin, 2006). Among his awards, Professor Leithwood is the inaugural recipient of the University of Toronto’s Impact on Public Policy award, AERA (Division A) 2011 Outstanding Leadership Researcher Award, the 2012 Roald F. Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award from the University Council for Educational Administration and the Ontario Principal Councils’ Outstanding Contributions to Education Award for 2016. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. With colleagues, he has completed one of the largest studies of its kind about how state, district and school-level leadership influences student learning.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by Philip Hallinger

Foreword by John Malloy



About the Author

Chapter 1. The Leading Student Achievement: Networks for Learning Project (LSA)

The Context

The Contributions of Leadership to Student Learning

A Brief History of the Leading Student Achievement Project

A Summary of LSA’s Priorities for Improvement

Chapter 2. Evidence Used by LSA to Learn Its Way Forward

Phase 1: Comprehensive Assessment of Project Implementation and Outcomes

Phase 2: Targeting a Small Number of Key Priorities


Chapter 3. Building on a Shared Understanding of Effective School Leadership

Successful Leadership Practices

Personal Leadership Resources


Chapter 4. LSA’s Approach to Leadership Development

LSA’s Initial Vision and Framework

Complementary Perspectives on LSA’s Functions

LSA’s Formal Professional Development Program


Chapter 5. Collaborative Inquiry

The Evolution of LSA’s Approach to Collaborative Inquiry


Chapter 6. Key Learning Conditions: A Subject for Collaborative Inquiry

Key Learning Conditions

Initial Justification for Five Key Learning Conditions

LSA’s Own Evidence About Key Learning Conditions


Chapter 7. LSA’s Theory of Action and How It Was Developed

How LSA’s Theory of Action Was Developed

The Four Paths Theory of Action

Empirical Test of the Four Paths Theory of Action


Chapter 8. Knowledge Building/Knowledge Creation: Education for a Knowledge Society

The Motivation for Adopting Knowledge Building

Knowledge Building

Creating Interest in Knowledge Building and the Capacity for Implementation

The First Year of Knowledge-Building Implementation

The Second Year of Knowledge-Building Implementation


Chapter 9. Creating Useful Knowledge About Leadership Networks: Taking It to the Next Level

Fundamental Assumptions About Learning in Networks

LSA’s Research About the Characteristics of Effective Leadership Networks


Chapter 10. Insights About Leading Large-Scale Leadership Development Projects

Four Practical Challenges in Sustaining LSA

One Large Technical Challenge: Assessing the Project’s Impact on Students

Eleven Lessons About Effective Project Leadership






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