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Danielson, C. (2007). The Many Faces of Leadership. Educational Leadership; ASCD.

Building a collaborative school culture is not possible without the help of effective teacher leaders. In this research report, the author explains the power of good teacher leadership in building collaboration and provides several conditions that promote leadership.

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The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement. (2009). Professional Learning Communities. The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement. The authors of this guide explain the essential characteristics of an effective professional learning community (PLC). Strategies are provided to assess the impact of collaboration on student achievement, and necessary supports are outlined.

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Schlechty Center for Leadership in School Reform. (2011). Transforming Roles and Relationships: One District’s Choice to Pursue Greatness. Schlechty Center for Leadership in School Reform.

This case study tells the story of a northeastern Ohio school district’s transformation.  The district’s values, commitments to students and staff, and sense of purpose and focus — as well as the relationships between teachers and principals, students and teacher, staff and the school board, and the superintendent and other leaders across the district — are markedly different today from what they were in 1997.

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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.