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From School Improvement to Sustained Capacity

The Parallel Leadership Pathway
By: Frank Crowther

Foreword by Andy Hargreaves

Bestselling author Frank Crowther makes a compelling case for capacity building and parallel leadership as the keys to ensuring sustainable improvement. Research-based with tools and examples.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12, Elementary, Secondary
  • ISBN: 9781412986946
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2011
  • Page Count: 240
  • Publication date: June 08, 2012

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"Frank Crowther and his associates show us how to build the foundation for sustainability. They weave together a powerful conceptual framework, snapshots of schools using the ideas, and activities for getting there yourself. Engagement, clarity, and impact are at the core of this terrific book."
—Michael Fullan, Professor and Author
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

"A very informative book that will assist beginning and seasoned administrators in organizing and restructuring their schools to meet the needs of the 21st century."
—Belinda J. Raines, Principal
Northwestern High School, Detroit, MI

The definitive approach to achieving long-term school improvement

Will your school improvement plan stand the test of time? Bestselling author Frank Crowther makes a compelling case for capacity-building and parallel leadership as the keys to ensuring sustainable improvement. Based on a recent research study that examined how school leaders collaborated to enhance quality in their workplaces, this book:

  • Outlines six research-based dynamics for accomplishing lasting results
  • Provides real-life examples of successful parallel leadership among administrators, teachers, and students
  • Demonstrates effective capacity building in a variety of settings with case studies and simulations

Everything you need to build a successful and sustainable plan that is rooted in enduring principles is right here, complete with practical examples and proven tools.

Key features

  • Goes beyond the idea of capacity building as a theoretical, functional framework to demonstrate how it can be a practical, attainable process for schools
  • Focuses on six key dynamics of successful school capacity building—committing to revitalization, organizational diagnosis and coherence, seeking new heights, micro-pedagogical deepening, invoking reaction, and consolidating success—and illustrates how parallel leadership can be used as a strategy and tool to realize these dynamics
  • Provides elementary and secondary school cases in each chapter to illustrate key chapter concepts and research findings
  • Each chapter contains exercises for parallel leadership and successful school capacity-building
  • Includes an appendix with full details on the research study that informed the book


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Frank Crowther

Frank Crowther is an internationally respected scholar and researcher in educational manage­ment and leadership. He is professor and direc­tor of the Leadership Research Institute at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. In 1997, he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Australian Council for Educational Administra­tion in recognition of his services to educational leadership.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Tables

List of Figures

Foreword by Andy Hargreaves




About the Author

1. The COSMIC C-B Approach: A Prelude


COSMIC C-B in Brief

The School Research Origins of COSMIC C-B

The Phase A Research

The Phase B Research

The Phase C Research

Concluding Comment

2. The First C-B Dynamic: Committing to Revitalization


A Snapshot of Committing to Revitalization: Carmichael Secondary College

Committing to Revitalization: Deepening Our Understanding

Leadership for Committing to Revitalization

Thinking Outside the Square: Al Gore and Committing to Revitalization


Committing to Revitalization: Building Personal Capacity

3. The Second C-B Dynamic: Organizational Diagnosis and Coherence


A Snapshot of Organizational Diagnosis and Coherence: Bellwood Secondary School

Organizational Diagnosis and Coherence: Deepening Our Understanding

Organizational Coherence as Structural Alignment

Organizational Coherence as Cognitive Alignment

Organizational Coherence as Structural and Cognitive Alignment

Leadership for Organizational Diagnosis and Coherence

Thinking “Outside-the-Square”: Organizational Coherence When Men Are From Mars and Women Are From Venus


Organizational Diagnosis and Coherence: Building Personal Capacity

4. The Third C-B Dynamic: Seeking New Heights


A Snapshot of Seeking New Heights: Carlo Maria Carafa High School

Seeking New Heights: Deepening Our Understanding

Leadership for Seeking New Heights


Seeking New Heights: Building Personal Capacity

5. The Fourth C-B Dynamic: Micro-Pedagogical Deepening


A Snapshot of Micro-Pedagogical Deepening: Greenfield Elementary School

Thinking Outside the Square: The Grameen Way and Micro Pedagogical Deepening


Micro-Pedagogical Deepening – Building Personal Capacity

6. The Fifth C-B Dynamic: Invoking Reaction


A Snapshot of Invoking Reaction: Eacham High School

Invoking Reaction: Deepening Our Understanding

Leadership for Invoking Reaction

Thinking Outside the Square: Médecins Sans Frontières and Invoking Reaction


Invoking Reaction: Building Personal Capacity

7. The Sixth C-B Dynamic: Consolidating Success


A Snapshot of Consolidating Success: All Hallows Catholic Elementary School

Consolidating Success: Deepening Our Understanding

The Systemic Perspective on Consolidating Success

The Metanoia Perspective on Consolidating Success

The Culture Perspective on Consolidating Success

The Leadership Perspective on Consolidating Success

Consolidating Success: Steve “Crocodile Hunter”


Consolidating Success: Building Personal Capacity

8. Next Steps Along the Parallel Leadership C-B Pathway


COSMIC C-B in Retrospect and Prospect

Parallel Leadership in Retrospect and Prospect


Appendix A: The IDEAS Project

Appendix B: The Research Design and Methodology





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