Ten Traits of Highly Effective Schools
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Ten Traits of Highly Effective Schools
Raising the Achievement Bar for All Students



© 2009 | 248 pages | Corwin

"This book is filled with strategies to assist school leaders in assessing and monitoring many of the important elements that must be in place for kids to be successful. There are excellent tools that savvy leaders have been searching for—tools that will help them achieve their strategic vision of continuous improvement."
—Gina Marx, Assistant Superintendent
USD 262 Valley Center Schools, KS

Increase your school's effectiveness and ensure academic excellence for all students!

Written by best-selling author Elaine K. McEwan, this invaluable resource identifies the distinguishing qualities and unique characteristics of schools that help all students make outstanding gains in performance. Each chapter offers a comprehensive description of a research-based trait and examines its impact on student achievement. Featuring a "10 Traits Audit" for use by schools or districts, this book provides principals and administrators with:

  • Tools and processes to facilitate the development of each trait
  • Snapshots of each trait in actual schools and districts
  • Reflections from teachers and administrators who have helped create effective schools
  • Observations on the school improvement process from noted thinkers, theorists, and scholars
  • Examples of documents, forms, and resources used in effective schools

By nurturing these traits in their schools, educational leaders can build coherent instructional programs and create schools of equity and excellence.

 
List of Figures and Forms
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction: Do Schools Matter?
 
1. Strong Instructional Leadership
 
2. Research-Based Instruction
 
3. Focus
 
4. Relational Trust
 
5. Collaboration
 
6. High Expectations
 
7. Opportunities to Learn
 
8. Alignment
 
9. Results
 
10. Accountability
 
Conclusion: Using the Ten Traits to Improve Your School
 
References
 
Index

"This is a great book for teaching a class of future leaders. It offers ideas for beginners and affirms best practice for veterans. I have already engaged in discussions with my colleagues about what I have read."

Margarete Couture, Principal
South Seneca Elementary School, Interlaken, NY

"Provides detailed information on the essential themes in effective education. The book gives educational leaders encouragement as well as practical tools."

Sara Johnson, Principal
Grandhaven Elementary School, McMinnville, OR

“This book is filled with strategies to assist school leaders in assessing and monitoring many of the important elements that must be in place for kids to be successful: the leadership of the principal, the culture of the school, the health of the school, and more. There are excellent tools that savvy leaders have been searching for—tools that will help them achieve their strategic vision of continuous improvement.”

Gina Marx, Assistant Superintendent
USD 262 Valley Center Schools, KS

"Offers rich, authentic descriptions of the hard, complex job of providing pressure and support to change cultures within ineffective schools."

Jill Shackelford, Superintendent
Kansas City Public Schools, KS

"Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing such a great book! You’re knocking my socks off! I know this boook wasn't written for school board members, but occasionally literature written for administrators or teachers helps me understand how I can do a better job as a school board member—and this book definitely falls into that category! I’ve probably underlined more of your sentences and written more notes to myself in the margin than I have in a very long time when reading a good book."

Fred Deutsch, President
Watertown School Board, SD

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