You are here

Handbook of Instructional Leadership

Handbook of Instructional Leadership
How Successful Principals Promote Teaching and Learning

Second Edition

November 2003 | 248 pages | Corwin

Updated Edition of Bestseller!

Build a learning community of teachers and students through mastering the art of effective leadership!

The first edition of this classic text was based on a landmark study in which the authors surveyed over 800 K-12 teachers to find how the best principals encourage teacher growth and professionalism. The answers provided conclusive evidence that the most successful principals act as instructional leaders who advocate teacher development that enhances students' learning. The updated and expanded second edition presents new research by the Blases, along with the most recent research and insights to support the text's groundbreaking theory.

Successful instructional leaders inspire their staff to develop "professional learning communities" dedicated to effective teaching practices. New to the second edition is an in-depth analysis that shows principals how to achieve this goal. Also new are additional figures, models, and reading lists that enrich the text's original findings.

Time-tested practices of instructional leadership are still central features. Principals can use these keys to success to:

  • Build teachers' trust through continual communication
  • Encourage teachers to continue their self-improvement efforts
  • Motivate teachers with constructive feedback
  • Promote and participate in reflective practices
  • Support and encourage teachers' professional development

Encourage your teachers to be their best through supportive collaboration and communication. Practice real instructional leadership and develop a "professional learning community" in which effective teaching promotes continued learning.

Stephen P. Gordon
About the Authors
Part I. The Art and Science of Instructional Leadership
1. The Craft of Teacher Supervision
Our Study  
The Instructional Supervision Legacy: From Control to Collaboration  
Research on Instructional Supervision  
Current Issues in the Field  
2. The Conference: Heart of Instructional Supervision
Successful Approaches  
Research on Instructional Conferences  
Our Findings  
3. Staff Development: Promoting Professional Growth
Research on Teaching and Learning  
How Do Teachers Learn? Principles That Shape Staff Development  
Our Findings: The Lifelong Study of Teaching and Learning  
PSSSSST! Redesign  
Tips for Leaders  
4. Reflection: Encouraging Critical Study
The Need for Reflective Practice  
Related Research and the Development of Frameworks for Reflective Thinking  
Approaches to Reflective Supervision  
Our Study: Characteristics of Teacher Reflection  
Principal Behaviors Fostering Reflection in Teachers and the Benefits to Teachers  
Cognitive Coaching: Bridge to Reflection  
Encouraging Reflection: Helpful Reminders  
Portrait of a Facilitator for Reflective Practice  
Part II. How Supervisors' Behaviors - Positive and Negative - Affect Teachers
5. Being Visible Versus Interrupting and Abandoning
Visibility by Wandering Around  
Interruption of Class Instruction  
6. Praising Versus Criticizing
Criticism: More About Control  
7. Extending Autonomy Versus Maintaining Control
Extending Autonomy  
The Control Orientation and Instructional Leadership  
Other Aspects of Control  
Goals of Principals' Control Orientation  
The Abusive Control Orientation: The Worst of All  
8. Conclusion: The Successful Instructional Leader
What, Then, Is Successful Instructional Leadership or Supervision?  
Successful Leadership Vis-à-vis Instruction  
Tips for Principals  
Linking Instructional Leadership to the Development of a Professional Learning Community  
9. Instructional Leadership: A Bridge to the Development of a Professional Learning Community
Recruiting for a Professional Learning Community  
Professional Learning Communities: Findings From Research  
Suggestions for Expanding Successful Instructional Leadership to Develop a Professional Learning
Everyone an Academic Leader  
More to Learn: A Final Word  
Resource: Research Method and Procedures

it suited the course
it had practical information

Professor Michelle Prytula
Educational Administration, Univ of Saskatchewan
February 14, 2012
Key features
  • Biggest seller in instructional leadership
  • This book is specifically intended for K-12 principals, but will appeal to higher education as well
  • Written by two of Corwin's bestselling authors
  • This book is widely known and recognized by instructional leadership experts in the country
  • Good book for Sage Education to promote in administration

In this expanded second edition of the Handbook of Instructional Leadership the authors include findings from recent research, literature, and national reports as well as additional figures, models, tips, and reading lists. In the new, final chapter the authors integrate findings about successful instructional leadership with extant research on professional learning communities and constructivist leading and learning.

The authors conclude that "we have not yet achieved a full understanding of myriad related issues such as adult growth, career development, reflective thinking, power elements of interaction among educators, coaching, constructivist leading and learning, and development of professional learning communities. Refreshingly, the continuing study of instructional leadership, partially illuminated by such work as this, is testament to the essence of all who work in our field as teachers, leaders, and researchers: It is a matter of lifelong learning."

Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword by Stephen P. Gordon


Preview this book

Purchasing options

Volume Discounts Available

contact corwin

Please select a format:

ISBN: 9780761931157

For instructors