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School Climate
Leading With Collective Efficacy

Co-Publication with OPC



August 2017 | 232 pages | Corwin

Build a positive school climate to impact students, teachers, and the community!

 

Is improving school climate on your to-do list? Do you think about it as a top-down directive or as a dialogue to build equity within the school? A healthy school environment should never be seen as an option, but instead supported as a must-have.

 

Peter DeWitt offers leaders practical high impact strategies to improve school climate, deepen involvement in student learning, and engage a broader family network. In addition to international vignettes focused on community stakeholders and research-based practices, this book features tools such as:

•  A leadership growth cycle to help leaders build their self-efficacy

•  A teacher observation cycle centered on building collective efficacy

•  An early warning system to identify potential at-risk students

•  Action steps following each chapter to apply to your own setting

•  Discussion questions for use in team environments

 

Establishing a supportive and inclusive school climate where professionals can take risks to improve the lives of students is vital to maximize learning in any school community.


"This is a fabulous book by a renowned expert in the field of leadership. Peter DeWitt explains the complex and credible in a way that is thought-provoking, challenging and inspiring. I love how he gives insights in what successful collaborative leadership is and shows how we can all build our skills and mindset for leading towards collective efficacy."

—James Nottingham, Challenging Learning author and creator of #TheLearningPit

JN Partnership LTD, Northumberland, United Kingdom

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction: A Tale of Two Leaders
Meet Tim  
Meet Trudy  
Leadership and School Climate  
 
Chapter 1. What Is Collaborative Leadership?
The Hattie Effect  
The Importance of Self-Efficacy  
In Pursuit of Collaboration  
What the Research Says  
Collaborative Leadership Framework  
Collaborative Leadership Growth Cycle  
In the End  
 
Chapter 2. School Climate: Setting Up a Safe Space to Collaborate
Why Does School Climate Matter?  
Collaborative Leadership Framework for Teachers  
Solving the Issues: Collaboration in Action  
In the End  
 
Chapter 3. Climate Change: Raising Student Self-Efficacy
Social-Emotional Learning  
Minoritized Populations  
The Early Warning System (EWS)  
Using the Early Warning System  
A Warning About the EWS  
In the End  
 
Chapter 4. Increasing Teacher Self-Efficacy
The Cycle of Collaborative Teacher Observation: A Review  
Professional Learning and Development (PLD)  
Teacher Leaders and School Climate  
Building Collective Efficacy Through Collaborative Inquiry  
Classroom Climate  
In the End  
 
Chapter 5. Building Collective Efficacy With Families
What Do We Expect From Families?  
Family Engagement Communication  
Do We Openly Listen to Families?  
In the End  
 
Chapter 6. Building Our Own Self-Efficacy
A Tale of Two Leaders  
What’s Your Mindset?  
How Do Leaders Increase Their Own Self-Efficacy?  
In the End  
 
Appendix
Collaborative Leadership Reflection Tool  
Faculty Meeting Exit Ticket  
Teacher Efficacy Scale (Short Form)  
Collective Teacher Efficacy Scale  
Leadership Self-Efficacy Scale  
 
References
 
Index

"Peter DeWitt has provided us with a powerful and timely book on the growing phenomenon of ‘Collective Efficacy’. The Six Chapters contain a goldmine of ideas, resources, tools, surveys, action steps and reflective questions. What I like best is that the book is grounded equally in research and practice. This is an urgently needed book, and you will learn a lot from it!"

Michael Fullan, Professor Emeritus
OISE/University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

"While schools focus on common standards, data analysis, and increasing achievement, Peter DeWitt explains the critical nature of school climate and why, as the "5th C,” it is imperative for school success. As a school leader, Peter often asked thought-provoking questions, engaged in challenging conversations, and encouraged reflection, much as he does in Collaborative Leadership: A Collective Efficacy Approach to Improving School Climate.  Through interesting vignettes, personal experience, and a variety of research, Peter provides a practical approach for growing a rich, safe environment."

Melissa J. Weatherwax, M.S.Ed., Former classroom teacher
K-12 Instructional Technology Specialist, Averill Park, New York

"If you are a fan of cooperative learning like I am and believe in the power of team work, this book is for you. Whether you are a district leader, school principal or classroom teacher, you will find numerous examples and practical ideas that Peter DeWitt offers in this book useful. Collaborative Leadership shows how one plus one can sometimes be three in collectively led schools."

Pasi Sahlberg, Author
Finnish Lessons 2.0, Helsinki, Finland

"Peter’s book provides hands-on information on how collaborative leadership can help you create a school climate with the focus on learning. One in which all students (and teachers) feel they belong and are able to grow. Each chapter ends with action steps and questions to help me find the confidence to lead my team towards collective efficacy, including my own, without avoiding the tough topics."

Claire Ohlenschlager, M.Ed., English Department Chair
School of Education – Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences , Rotterdam, The Netherlands

"This is a fabulous book by a renowned expert in the field of leadership. Peter DeWitt explains the complex and credible in a way that is thought-provoking, challenging and inspiring. I love how he gives insights in what successful collaborative leadership is and shows how we can all build our skills and mindset for leading towards collective efficacy."

James Nottingham, Challenging Learning author and creator of #TheLearningPit
JN Partnership LTD, Northumberland, United Kingdom

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