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Shared Leadership

Shared Leadership
The Essential Ingredient for Effective PLCs

© 2017 | 240 pages | Corwin

Discover the game changer in school culture:  shared leadership

We all know the potential value of professional learning communities (PLCs), but why do so many fail to deliver what they set out to do? Terry Wilhelm answers this question—and more—by challenging teachers and administrators to work together once and for all to cultivate shared leadership. 

Brought to life on the page through simple practices and processes, Shared Leadership: The Essential Ingredient for Effective PLCs gives administrators the approach they need to ignite and sustain a successful PLC. The best part? The handbook explores shared leadership in curriculum, instruction, and assessment—making it easy for a team model to translate across all goals. 

How-to steps spur real change with topics such as: 
  • Developing teacher leadership and enhancing collaboration
  • Discussion protocols to fire up team meetings
  • Tools like meeting notes and troubleshooting tips
  • Common dilemmas principals encounter and what to do when faced with one
  • Pointers on maintaining a healthy culture of shared leadership

Providing everything you need to develop and maintain a meaningful PLC, this handbook is the ultimate flexible sequence plan. Get ready to recreate your school culture built on the tenets of effective PLCs with this book as your guide. 

"This is the most comprehensive collection of current research and effective practices for successful, sustainable, school change available. It includes solid, practical guidance on the essential tools and processes needed to take our team’s efforts to the next level, and will undoubtedly become our manual for continuous improvement, districtwide."
Anne M. Lundquist, Superintendent
Red Lake School District #38, Minnesota

"Terry Wilhelm provides a unique perspective on a critical aspect of the PLC process—shared leadership. As the PLC movement continues to proliferate, such guidance is both needed and timely."
Robert J. Marzano, CEO
Marzano Research

The Right Team
Creating the Calendar and Reflecting on Readiness
Guiding Coalition Meeting – Getting Started
Essential Learnings and Common Assessments
Guiding Coalition Meeting: More Best Practice Meeting Routines, Essential Learnings and Common Assessments
Guiding Coalition Meeting: Mission, Vision, Collective Commitments
Managing Complex Change
Discussion Protocols: A Bridge From Meetings-as-Usual to Professional Collaboration
Guiding Coalition Meeting: Student Work Protocol
Guiding Coalition Meeting: Student-Based Protocol
Guiding Coalition Meeting: Planning/Problem Solving Protocol
Guiding Coalition Meeting: Goal Setting and SMARTe Goals
Building Shared Knowledge About Student Interventions
Guiding Coalition Meeting: Student Interventions
Guiding Coalition Meeting: Working With Challenging Individuals
Guiding Coalition Meeting: Leading as Optimizers and Affirmers to Build Collective Efficacy
Sustaining a Culture of Shared Leadership

"I realized many years ago that school leaders cannot accomplish “everything” they need to without help. That help comes in many forms and various avenues.  Sharing leadership through professional learning communities empowers leaders from within the organization to step forward and assume both formal and informal leadership positions with the organization. In this book, you will see how shared leadership can improve your school."

Dr. B.J. Worthington, Director of Schools
Clarksville-Montgomery County School System

"Terry Wilhelm’s insight – rooted in extensive practice, inquiry, and research – brings 21st century educational leadership into realistic focus, while demonstrating the unique and essential qualities of collaboration. The author provides a vision of and practical tools to assist in the implementation of a principle-based, shared leadership model that creates conditions resulting in high student achievement."

Gregory Kampf, Superintendent, (Retired)
Lompoc Unified SD

"Every principal and every administrator who supervises principals with the goal of improving student outcomes through shared leadership and PLCs in their schools should read this book. It is packed with practical how-tos based on the author’s real-time experience working with school teams for over 15 years. There’s so much here…Terry has thought of just about everything to help principals and teachers grow professionally and to transform their schools for the benefit of their students."

Dr. Kathy Wright, Superintendent (Retired)
Alvord USD

"We’ve long known that culture is the “secret sauce” of school improvement—with it, anything is possible; without it, nothing is possible. Yet getting from a dysfunctional school culture to a high-performing one is no small feat. Terry Wilhelm’s book is full of practical tools and guidance for doing exactly that and reflects solid research from McREL and others about effective school leadership. This book is a must for leadership teams grappling with what is often the most difficult aspect of school improvement—creating a purposeful community that’s committed to continuous improvement."

Bryan Goodwin, President & CEO
McREL International

"The concept of shared leadership is essential to increase student learning, yet the most elusive for school leaders to fully grasp and practice. In Shared  Leadership, Terry Wilhelm provides a proven road map for school leaders. This is a must read for anyone who seeks a high quality PLC."

Maureen E. Latham, Superintendent
Beaumont Unified School District

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