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Collaborative Leadership : Six Influences That Matter Most - Peter M. DeWitt

Collaborative Leadership

Six Influences That Matter Most

Paperback Published: 16th November 2016
ISBN: 9781506337111
Number Of Pages: 232

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The book is framed around John Hattie's key, highest influences based on Peter DeWitt's experience as a school leader: Collaboration, Assessment-capable learners, Micro-Teaching, Feedback, Teaching strategies, Professional Development, Parental Involvement, Principals/School Leaders, and Providing Formative Evaluation.  6 key factors are emphasized. Features and Benefits

    • Focuses on Collaborative Leadership and explains why collaborative leadership (either on its own or in conjunction with transformation and instructional leadership) is preferable to other types of leadership in isolation
    • Highlights six of John Hattie's influences that foster collaborative leadership so that leaders can place a laser-like focus on these few influences rather than being overwhelmed by the many
    •  Draws on the excellent work and research of great educational thinkers such as Hattie, Quaglia, Knight, and Robinson
    • Helps leaders understand why some teachers may not be as invested as they could be, and the research behind collective teacher efficacy to get those teachers more engaged

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"Collaborative Leadership brings together the essence of how leaders maximize impact. DeWitt unpacks Hattie's six leadership keys, adds his own considerable insights and makes the whole phenomenon of efficacious leadership come alive with vignettes, and `meet, model, and motivate' ideas in each chapter. Above all, he makes it personal. Be a better leader, he urges, and then shows the way."

-- Michael Fullan, Professor Emeritus
"Peter DeWitt's brilliant book is by a proven leader for other leaders. It shows that collaborative leadership means more than distributing responsibilities, including others in decision-making, or managing data teams. Collaborative Leadership is about working or laboring together to accomplish extraordinary things. It is about defining directions as a community and also implementing them to best effect. DeWitt is a hugely accomplished writer, stellar blogger on social media, and the most humble leader you could meet. You will be unable to put this truly inspiring and deeply practical book down." -- Andy Hargreaves, Brennan Chair in Education

Collaborative Leadership has confirmed a core truth in education: We must create an educational learning community grounded in trust and responsibility, not testing and accountability. DeWitt has provided a framework to challenge our current thinking, make us reflect, and perhaps even become a little uncomfortable with current practices as school leaders. He has challenged us to have higher expectations of ourselves and those around us-to work collaboratively, simultaneously building trust and responsibility between all stakeholders striving to reach shared goals.

-- Russell Quaglia
"To most educators, leadership books have about as much impact as the leaves that cover my lawn each fall. But Peter DeWitt's advice in Collaborative Leadership is of hardier stuff. Like the leaf that clings to the tree long after the winter has arrived, this book will stay in readers' thoughts and affect their actions for many seasons to come. DeWitt delivers a strong message on how to begin this necessary work, where to focus, and most importantly how you grow as a leader." -- Raymond J. McNulty, Dean, School of Education
"As I read Collaborative Leadership: Six Influences That Matter Most, I kept being reminded of the great quote by the late business guru Peter Drucker, 'If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.' Peter DeWitt has hit the mark; he teaches all of us how to truly take a deeper dive into the important aspects of collaborative leadership and provides a new model and pathway to get us there through proven influencers. His personal leadership journey, stories from the field and practitioner's lens breathes life into the ideas." -- Dr. Steve Constantino, Speaker, Leader and Author
"It is time we realized that the top-down model of leadership often guarantees failure in professional communities. Peter DeWitt offers us a way forward with a revolutionary new approach to leadership that recognizes that everyone's brain is required for complex change-not just the brain of the "leader." If you want to have an impact, you should study this book and put these ideas into practice as soon as you can." -- Jim Knight, Author of Instructional Coaching and Director
"This book is much more than about collaborative leadership. It feels collaborative for it has a generous and inclusive tone and is packed with the authentic voices and stories of students, parents, teachers, leaders and researchers. It provides a strong case for being collaborative and will inspire all who read it to reflect on their understanding of what it means to be a collaborative leader and on how they can increase their educational impact through greater collaboration." -- Viviane Robinson, Academic Director and Distinguished Professor
"Peter DeWitt's comprehensive combination of Hattie's evidence, personal and practical experience, clear, useable frameworks and illuminating blogs and articles make the case for collaborative leadership a cause for immediate action." -- Shirley Clarke, independent education consultant and Associate
"In this compelling book on leadership, Peter DeWitt tackles comprehensive and convincing reasons for the need to be collaborative. He accompanies his reasons with recommendations that guide. Supported by valued research and accompanied by stories from leaders in the field, DeWitt pulls no punches. He shares, with honest reflection, his own experiences as he grew as a leader, writer, and professional developer. The stories and the research combine to deliver a book that informs and guides. It is the kind of book one keeps close after reading, a go-to as the reader develops themselves as a collaborative leader for this century." -- Jill Berkowicz, Corwin Author & Education Week Blogger, Co-Author
"Peter DeWitt's excellent book Collaborative Leadership builds bridges from evidence to practice, providing a wealth of ideas for developing a collaborative vision, strategy and frameworks for action. DeWitt presents real insight into the potential benefits of collaborative leadership, and this book should surely encourage its adoption. It might also encourage all educators to see the value of evidence based practice and to consider how we might gather, compare and act on our own evidence to improve student experience." -- Gavin Dykes, Co-Founder and Chair
"Teachers dream of having the type of principal described in Collaborative Leadership! DeWitt's roadmap of Meet, Motivate, and Model, underpinned by an impressive research base, has the potential to transform relationships and collaboration between teachers and leaders, ultimately leading to an improved learning experience where the voices of all concerned are listened to and valued."
-- Lisa Lande, Executive Director
"Peter DeWitt is an experienced teacher and administrator. I recommend his book as a practical and informative resource for administrators at any point in their career. It is easy to read and utilize from day one. It is an essential handbook to keep on your desk." -- Dr. Jo Moccia, Superintendent

Foreword by John Hattie
Collaborative Leadership
What you will find in this book
Why this book?
About the Author
Chapter 1: What Do You Want to be to Leadership?
What is Collaborative Leadership?
Meet, Motivate & Model
10 Critical Issues Facing Education
In the End
School Story '" Many Hands Make Light Work: Poestenkill Elementary School '" Peter DeWitt, Ed.D.
Chapter 2: Instructional Leadership .42
The Hattie Effect
Collaborative Leadership: A Positive Effect on Learning
The Politics That Distract Us from Collaborating
Flipping Our Focus to Learning
Student Centered Leadership
In the End
School Focus '" Using Research to Engage All Stakeholders: Williamsburg '" James City High School '" Catherine Worley
Chapter 3: Collective Teacher Efficacy 1.57
School Climate: The Plate That Holds Everything
Enhancing Communication
Risk-Taking & Rule Following
Within School Variability
Fostering Teacher Voice to Increase Collaboration
Collective Teacher Efficacy
In the End
School Focus '" A New Collaboration: Corinth Middle School '" Lisa Meade
Chapter 4: Assessment-Capable Learners 1.44
Assessment-Capable Learners
Voice Needs to Come First
Inspiring Assessment-Capable Learning
Be More Than Visible
A Collaborative Leadership Mindframe
Fostering Collaborative Learning Experiences?
We Need Evidence to Collaborate Effectively
In the End
School Story '" An Eduawesome School Experience: John Swett Elementary School '" Adam Welcome
Chapter 5: Professional Development .51
Flipped Faculty meetings
Collaborative Leaders: Debate, dissect, discuss
Teacher Voice is Key to Professional Development
The Core Business of Learning
School Story '" Teachers Need to Have a Voice Too! '" Rice Lake Elementary School '" Mark French
Chapter 7: Family Engagement .49
Why is Family Engagement difficult?
When we communicate with parents
How we communicate with parents
Flipping Parent Communication
The Partnership Approach
Branding Your School
School Story '" Engaging Parents From the High School Perspective: Spooner High School '" Sarah Johnson
Chapter 8: If Not Now'¦When?
Beware of the Implementation dip
What Does the Dip Look Like?
Discovering Your PLN
How Will You Inspire?
In the End
Afterword '" Russ Quaglia

ISBN: 9781506337111
ISBN-10: 1506337112
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 16th November 2016
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1

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Peter M. DeWitt

About the Author

Peter DeWitt (Ed.D) is a former K-5 teacher (11 years) and principal (8 years). He runs workshops and provides keynotes nationally and internationally focusing on collaborative leadership, and fostering inclusive school climates. Within North America, his work has been adopted at the university and state level, and he works with numerous districts, school boards, regional and state organizations where he trains leadership teams and coaches building leaders.

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