The Distributed Leadership Toolbox
Essential Practices for Successful Schools
- Mark E. McBeth - Learning and Leading With Keystone Learning Services, NE Kansas
Leadership | Principalship | School Change, Reform, & Restructuring
"McBeth provides useful tools to help educators diagnose the distribution of leadership in their schools and shows how these tools can help create powerful leadership for increasing learning capacity in schools."
—Richard Halverson, Assistant Professor
University of Wisconsin–Madison
"The strengths of this book are the examples (two-minute stories, reflections, etc.) and the reproducible tools provided."
—Bruce Deterding, Principal
Wichita Heights High School, KS
Strengthen your leadership style and capacity to inspire others toward meaningful change.
Experience and research prove that effective leadership is critical for improving school performance, yet reviewing and applying contemporary data to school leadership can be a complex challenge for busy administrators.
In The Distributed Leadership Toolbox, Mark E. McBeth translates current leadership research into a practical framework to help educational leaders improve their practice and positively influence schoolwide performance. Unlike shared leadership, which focuses on delegating responsibilities, distributed leadership fosters a dialogue between school leaders and teachers to uncover the effectiveness of leadership practices in enhancing instruction and student achievement. The author provides case studies and essential tools to help administrators:
- Increase the ability to evaluate their leadership practice
- Develop a regular reflective practice to motivate staff and support professional growth
- Improve their potential to generate and sustain school reform efforts
This guidebook includes helpful notes for facilitators and a CD-ROM with resources and reproducible templates to help you make a significant difference in your school through distributed leadership practices.
"McBeth provides a series of useful tools to help educators diagnose the distribution of leadership in their schools, and shows how these tools can be used to create powerful leadership for increasing learning capacity in schools."
“The strengths of this book are the examples (two-minute stories, reflections, etc.) and the reproducible tools provided.”
"This is a very important topic and area in our business. Practitioners are seeking materials to help sharpen their leadership skills. The case studies support the distributed leadership model and provide examples of how the model can impact a school culture."
"Especially appeals to the administrative team. This book forces us to look hard at our leadership styles."
"Has a practical tone that seems to appeal to those now leading daily work in schools. The idea that results are in the hands of a thoughtful, creative person who must choose tools from his or her repertoire and make decisions is a positive contribution to the field."
"Relevant, clearly written to the intended audience, and useful for individuals looking for a means to self-evaluation."
"I love this book! Finally, a research-based, practice-tested book of tools to improve leadership, and in doing so, improve school programs and enrich our students! Provides a framework that a leader can use to reach the highest level of practice."
“Facilitators and leader in all industries—not just education—receive clear assessments of leadership options and practices, case studies, and keys to motivating staff and furthering reform efforts.”
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1: Traditional Thinking/New Opportunities