Leading School Improvement

Leading School Improvement

A Framework for Action

Joseph Murphy

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Explains the school leader's role in ramping up academic press and fostering a supportive school culture.


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What does it mean to lead in a learning environment, as opposed to a system of knowledge transmission? A community, as opposed to a bureaucracy? A customer-oriented organization, as opposed to a public monopoly? To create truly powerful learning environments, school leaders must focus the lens on leadership, school improvement, and leadership for school improvement.

In Leading School Improvement: A Framework for Action, author Joseph Murphy pulls together 14 practitioner-based articles to present a cohesive narrative about the unique and critical role that leadership plays in school improvement. Murphy clearly identifies key factors that shape the future of any school and explains the work that leaders must do to ramp up academic press and foster a supportive culture for school improvement

He goes on to unpack the concept of leadership practice, focusing on principles and values that define excellence in leadership in schools. Personal characteristics and virtues, such as persistence, passion, courage, and integrity, count more than behavioral descriptors, he argues, and meaningful, productive leadership cannot take place without them. This book guides today’s school leaders toward that ever-essential goal.

Product Code: BPP150901
ISBN: 9781941112410 | 09/11/15
Publisher: LSI


Leading School Improvement is inspiring and thought provoking. It made me look at leadership, student success, and what we do/don’t do as leaders, through a lens I had not used before.”

—Ann Caine, 2014 Oklahoma Superintendent of the Year

Leading School Improvement will be useful to administrators, as well as individuals in administrative preparation programs, because it identifies models of leadership that they can apply directly to their work.”

—Jared C. Wastler, 2014 Maryland Assistant Principal of the Year

Leading School Improvement shares excellent leadership concepts and explains their significance in a concise manner. It is a quick but effective read for busy school leaders.”

—Darren T. Guido, 2012 Delaware Middle School Principal of the Year

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