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Leading Together
Teachers and Administrators Improving Student Outcomes

Foreword by Barnett Berry



© 2018 | 240 pages | Corwin
It’s about the work, not the position. 

Leadership is what is done, not who is doing it. The leadership work blurs the lines between teachers and administrators. Leading Together introduces a collective approach to progress, process, and programs to help build the conditions in which strong leadership can flourish and student outcomes improve.

All school teams will find applicable insights as they explore the Collective Leadership Development Model for School Improvement. This book:

? Breaks down this innovative model and explains the significance and interdependence of each proven and tested component.
? Asks fearless reflection questions that both challenge and demand deliberate practice.
? Offers case study insights from an urban, rural, and suburban school.

Lead and learn together. Start building your team with an eye on the end game.

"Leading Together is the best guidance we have to date about how to collaboratively dismantle the wall that has stood between teachers and school administrators for over a century. This is a marvelously accessible book in which collective leadership is discovered through the eyes and voices of teachers and principals."
Joseph F. Murphy, Frank W. Mayborn Chair and Associate Dean
Peabody College of Education, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN


"Leading Together includes rich research-based stories, reflective activities to spark action, and optimistic evidence about what this needed shift in school hierarchies means for improving student outcomes. Don’t just read this; adopt it as your guidebook to become an even more influential leader."
P. Ann Byrd, COO & Partner
Center for Teaching Quality, Carrboro, NC


"Once again, Jon Eckert offers his straightforward, no nonsense thinking to busy practitioners. His authentic knowledge of everyday life in schools coupled with a thoughtful framework informs every chapter in this book. There are elements of his model that can be used right away...big shifts or little tweaks! His stories and humor make it readable (and meaningful!) for those of us seeking creative and collaborative ways to lead schools and districts."
Joan Dabrowski, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning
Wellesley Public Schools, Wellesley, MA

 

 
 
Foreword
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Chapter 1: Developing Leadership for the Work that Matters Most
 
Chapter 2: The “Ideal” School
 
Chapter 3: The Rural Grassroots
 
Chapter 4: The Urban Transition
 
Chapter 5: The Suburban Blueprint
 
Chapter 6: Ideal Leaders, Not Solo Superheroes
 
Chapter 7: Fearless Improvement
 
References
 
Index

"This is the book education in our country needs right now. Jon Eckert's professional experiences as a researcher, practitioner, teacher educator, and policy leader help bring a deep and layered view of the complexities of leadership development. The conversation starters are catapults to embrace uncomfortable and bold dialogue among those truly invested in building better systems for student learning. Prepare to be transformed, no matter what role you have in education."

Megan M. Allen, NBCT, Ed.D., Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership
Mount Holyoke College, Hadley, MA

"This refreshing book is upbeat in tone, practical in nature, and noble in approach. Principals and teacher leaders will be able to follow Eckert’s advice with confidence and assuredly reap the benefits."

James W. Guthrie, Chair of the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

"In his latest book, Leading Together, teacher educator Jon Eckert does us a great dual service. On the one hand, he helps impale the myth of the superhero educator (principal or teacher) who single-handedly defends students and defeats all problems facing modern schools. At the same time, he thoughtfully examines a spectrum of collaborative leadership styles. The highlight for many readers will be the realization that effective leadership does not have to be (and increasingly, cannot be) uniform or solitary."

Renee Moore, English teacher
Mississippi Delta Community College, Cleveland, MS

"Leading Together is the best guidance we have to date about how to collaboratively dismantle the wall that has stood between teachers and school administrators for over a century. This is a marvelously accessible book in which collective leadership is discovered through the eyes and voices of teachers and principals."

Joseph F. Murphy, Frank W. Mayborn Chair and Associate Dean
Peabody College of Education, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

"Leading Together re-introduces us to the solution that was there all the time: every teacher and administrator needs to engage fully with leadership and they need to do it together. The brilliance of this book is that it models the same strategies it promotes; it is underpinned by rigorous research and draws on deep professional experience developed in collaboration with others. We can finally put to rest the expectation that every school principal lead like Winston Churchill and encourage administrators and teachers to share the opportunities of leadership."

Beth Green, Program Director Education
Regional Editor Canada, International Journal of Christianity and Education , Hamilton, ON, Canada

"In Leading Together, Jon Eckert embeds his study in the practical – poignant questions for self-reflection, examples of real leaders doing this difficult work in real schools – and grounds all of it in his own rich leadership experiences. Above all, this book aims to do what all such literature should: support the adults across our education system in best serving all of our students."

Jocelyn Pickford, Designer of the Teaching Ambassador Fellowship
U.S. Department of Education

"As a discipline, leadership is one of the most researched, but least understood, concepts in education.  From my vantage point as a superintendent, teacher leadership is critically important in improving the quality of the student experience in our schools.  This book brought clarity to the role teachers and administrators can play working in partnership to improve schools.  Through this work, Dr. Eckert empowers teacher leaders to recognize opportunities to improve their craft and bring about meaningful and sustained school improvement."

Jeff Schuler, Superintendent of Schools
Community Unit School District 200, Wheaton, IL

"Leading Together paints a rich portrait of school communities that have learned to combine their collective strengths to become greater than the sum of their parts. The stories, insights, and best practices embody the proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Whether you’re a teacher, administrator, policymaker, or anyone else dedicated to the students who are the true purpose of our work, this book will provide practical ideas, probing questions, and plenty of inspiration for how we can go far together."

Justin Minkel, Second-Grade Teacher and 2007 Arkansas Teacher of the Year
Jones Elementary, Springdale, AR

"Leading Together includes rich research-based stories, reflective activities to spark action, and optimistic evidence about what this needed shift in school hierarchies means for improving student outcomes. Don’t just read this; adopt it as your guidebook to become an even more influential leader."

P. Ann Byrd, COO & Partner
Center for Teaching Quality, Carrboro, NC

"In this powerful resource Eckert argues that school transformation depends on the systematic development of collective leadership.  Through vivid, well-constructed stories, Eckert provides a guide that readers can use to cultivate effective school leadership in their own setting."

Mark A. Smylie, Professor Emeritus
Department of Educational Policy Studies, College of Education, University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL

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