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The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement (2005). What Does the Research Tell Us About Teacher Leadership? The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement.

One of the most effective strategies for school improvement is to nurture teacher leaders. The authors of this report describe necessary conditions for teacher leaders to thrive.

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Jerald, C. D. (2006). School Culture: “The Hidden Curriculum”. Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement.

The author addresses the organizational culture of schools and how leadership can foster vision and values that ultimately result in a positive, supportive school culture. Focusing on personal relationships, goal alignment, and high expectations, the article includes advice from principals of schools that went beyond cultivating a safe and nurturing environment in an effort to drive school improvement.

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Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement (2007). Using the Classroom Walk-Through as an Instructional Leadership Strategy. Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement.

The author of this report explains the duration, focus and feedback necessary to make walk-throughs effective in improving teacher performance.

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Bureau of School Improvement (2009). Strategies for Evaluating Your School Improvement Process. Florida Department of Education.

This guide provides strategies to evaluate efforts in improving teaching and learning conditions and progress toward goals in the School Improvement Plan. These actionable steps for ensuring progress in improvement include questions to ask before, during, and after the process.

 

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Center for Social and Emotional Education (2012). Cultivating Caring Learning Communities. National School Climate Center.

In order for an atmosphere of trust and respect to be pervasive, it must be cultivated in the classroom. This resource guide provides classroom activities to support positive social and emotional growth in order to improve teaching and learning conditions. Suggestions are made to increase parental involvement in improving the school climate.

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Lewis, D., Madison-Lewis, R., Muoneke, A., and Times, C. (2010). Using Data to Guide Instruction and Improve Student Learning. SEDL.

Using data effectively is an essential strategy for school improvement and reform. This article describes how districts in three states used data effectively to improve student performance and drive school improvement.

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National Association of Secondary School Principals (2011). The Master Schedule: A Culture Indicator. National Association of Secondary School Principals.

The school schedule provides insights into a school’s priorities.  Implementing the strategies outlined in this article can help to ensure that the school schedule is focused on improving student learning and teaching conditions.

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Méndez-Morse, S. (1992). Leadership Characteristics that Facilitate School Change. SEDL.

The author of this report reviews the history of educational leadership and discusses essential strategies for school improvement including vision, valuing human resources, focusing on student learning, taking risks, listening, and being proactive.

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Hitch, C. (2004). Quiet Leadership: Tips for Leading Effectively Behind the Scenes. LEARN NC.

In this posting, the author shares ideas for how administrators can lead effectively during the hectic months before state testing. Successful quiet leadership depends on visibility in the school, subtle recognition of staff accomplishments, focusing on instruction, and removing obstacles for success.