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The Principal’s Guide to Curriculum Leadership



January 2011 | 320 pages | Corwin

"This handbook synthesizes the best of educational research in an easily accessible format. Educators will find it an effective roadmap for leading their schools to organizational excellence, effective instruction, and optimum student achievement."
—Brenda P. Dean, Assistant Superintendent
Hamblen County Schools, Morristown, TN

"The author clearly makes the case for the principal to be THE instructional and curricular leader of his or her school site. Principals who embrace this CAN and WILL make the difference for students!"
—Marianne L. Lescher, Principal
Kyrene Elementary School District, Tempe, AZ

Practical guidance for spearheading curriculum development and change

This comprehensive guide walks principals through the curriculum development and renewal process with encouragement, hitting the hard issues of doing more with less, integrating technology, overcoming resistance to change, and improving student outcomes. The authors incorporate the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) and the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards for principals as they relate to curriculum leadership. Highlights include step-by-step guidance for:

  • Developing a culture that is conducive to curriculum advancement
  • Working collaboratively with personnel
  • Integrating state and national standards into school curriculum
  • Maximizing professional development opportunities
  • Connecting curriculum to instruction

The Principal's Guide to Curriculum Leadership is ideal for practicing and aspiring public and private school administrators. Special features include discussion questions, case studies, activities, specialized curriculum models, resources, and references.


 
List of Tables and Figures
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. Defining Curriculum Leadership
Getting Started  
Defining Curriculum Leadership  
Organizational Phenomena Influencing Curriculum Leadership  
Rethinking the Education Hierarchy  
Final Thoughts  
Discussion Questions  
Case Study Application: Stand and Deliver  
 
2. A Curriculum Leadership Journey
ISLLC Standards and Curriculum Leadership  
Final Thoughts  
Discussion Questions  
Case Study Application: Principal Wonkermann?s Late Afternoon Experience: De Ja Vu All Over Again  
 
3. Principal Expectations as Curriculum Leader
Shoot Low, Expect Less  
Understanding Principal Expectations in Curriculum Development  
Principal Expectations in the Curriculum Leadership Role  
Final Thoughts  
Discussion Questions  
Case Study Application: Who?s the Turkey This Thanksgiving?  
 
4. The Principal?s Role in Curriculum Change and Innovation
Constructive Change = Positive Growth  
The Basis for Change and Why It Is So Necessary  
Why We Resist Change  
How to Overcome Resistance to Change  
The Change Process in Curriculum Development  
Final Thoughts  
Discussion Questions  
Case Study Application: It?s a Real Puzzle to Me!  
Managing Change Tolerance Test  
 
5. Curriculum Leadership in Action
The Role of the Principal in Curriculum Design and Development  
The Challenges of Leading  
Curriculum Leadership Through Walker?s Deliberative Model of Curriculum Development  
Enacting the Deliberative Model of Curriculum Development  
Final Thoughts  
Discussion Questions  
Case Study Application: Who Decides What and How?  
 
6. Where the Action Is: Building Relationships with Teachers
Leadership and Followership: You Can?t Have One Without the Other  
10 Curriculum Leadership Building Blocks for Preventing and Treating Arrested Teacher Development  
Final Thoughts  
Discussion Questions  
Case Study Application: Zachary School Case Study  
 
7. Systematically Integrating Curriculum and Instruction
The Role and Vision of the Principal in Defining Curriculum and Instruction  
Integrating Curriculum and Instruction  
Five Steps to Successful Curriculum Integration  
The Integration of Curriculum and Instruction: How Relevance and Interest Help Students Become Better Learners  
The Principal?s Role in Curriculum Integration  
Final Thoughts  
Discussion Questions  
Case Study Application: Well, It?s the State Mandated Curriculum!  
 
8. Professional Learning and Curriculum Leadership
Teaching and Learning  
Building Teacher Capacity  
Four Factors Impacting Professional Learning  
Final Thoughts  
Discussion Questions  
Case Study Application: Professional Learning at Sandy Shores School  
 
9. The Principal and Legislated Learning: Working the System and the Prospects of Curriculum Renewal
Curriculum Leadership and Legislated Learning  
The Principal in the Process of Curriculum Renewal and Change  
Toward Change and a Renewed Curriculum  
High-Stakes Testing, Curriculum Renewal, and Educational Practice  
Curriculum Theory and the Renewal Process  
Final Thoughts  
Discussion Questions  
Case Study Application: It's All State Mandated Anyway! Part II: A Principal Returns From the Annual Summer State Leadership Academy  
 
10. Trailblazing Digital Curriculum Leadership 101
Trailblazing  
Let?s Talk Technology Standards  
A Voice From the Field  
The Quaker Digital Academy Story  
Looking Forward  
Final Thoughts  
One More Thing  
Discussion Questions  
Case Study Application: My School and the NETS A  
Informal NETS A Principal Profile Campus Evaluation Instrument  
 
Epilogue
 
References
 
Index

"This handbook synthesizes the best of educational research in an easily accessible format. Educators will find it an effective roadmap for leading their schools to organizational excellence, effective instruction, and optimum student achievement."

Brenda P. Dean, Assistant Superintendent
Hamblen County Schools, Morristown, TN

"I absolutely recommend this book! It is NOT a book you will keep on the shelf!"

Debra Paradowski, Associate Principal
Arrowhead Union High School, Hartland, WI

"A very important book for school site administrators at all levels because it clearly makes the case for the school principal to be THE instructional and curricular leader of his or her school site. School principals who embrace this CAN and WILL make the difference for students!"

Marianne L. Lescher, Principal
Kyrene Elementary School District, Tempe, AZ

"I recommend this book as required reading for all the principals and assistant principals in my district (over 100). I got a lot out of this book as our district faces many of the same issues as The Childers School."

Sean Beggin, Assistant Principal
Andover High School, MN

The book supported the course content and provided engaging case studies.

Professor Arlene Mullin
Educational Leadership & Technology, Dowling College
May 14, 2015
Key features
Special features of the book include:

• Discussion Questions
• Standards-Based Scenarios and Questions
• Case Study Applications and Questions
• Experiential Activities
• Specialized Curriculum and Deliberative Models
• Resources and References

The authors have included two noted experts in the field of curriculum development and renewal to serve as contributing authors to the proposed text. These individuals are Dr. Karen Maxwell, Assistant Professor at Abilene Christian University, and Dr. Zulma Méndez, Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at El Paso.

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