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You Don't Have to Be Bad to Get Better : A Leader's Guide to Improving Teacher Quality - Candi B. McKay

You Don't Have to Be Bad to Get Better

A Leader's Guide to Improving Teacher Quality

Paperback Published: 12th March 2013
ISBN: 9781452240879
Number Of Pages: 127

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Take your school to the next level!

Are achievement scores seemingly stuck at your school? Are your teachers working hard but getting nowhere? This practical handbook of leadership advice shows how you can break through barriers of achievement and lead your staff toward even greater heights.

Grounded in Candi McKay's research-proven process for instructional leadership, You Don't Have to Be Bad to Get Better makes collaborating with staff the basis for increasing teacher-and student-success. School leaders at all levels will develop:

A deep understanding of how to immerse yourself in the everyday happenings of your school

A workable plan for guiding teachers in their professional growth

Collaboration techniques to ensure all your staff is "on the same page"

Leadership skills vital to improving the quality of teaching

Research shows that the most important factor in student achievement is the quality of the teacher in the classroom. Bring out the best in your teachers through strong instructional leadership and watch student achievement soar!

Industry Reviews

"I'm already thinking of how to incorporate what I've learned from the book into my practice and opening year staff professional development!" -- Frank Chiki, Principal
"This book takes the best of research-based theory and crafts it into practical application for the school leader. A necessary read for any school leader seeking to improve the quality of teacher instruction." -- Patricia Conner, Curriculum Specialist
"You Don't Have to be Bad to Get Better presents a compelling argument for developing teacher evaluation systems that focus on professional growth rather than perpetuating a system of compliance. McKay had developed a user-friendly guide to thinking about and assessing current practice in an effort to move everyone's practice forward. This text would be a valuable text for study by collaborative teacher and administrator groups who are interested in improving their professional practice." -- Bernadette Cleland, Co-Founder

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
About the Authorp. xvii
Removing the Rose-Colored Glassesp. 1
The Rose-Colored Glasses Phenomenonp. 1
Red Flag Warningsp. 3
Demonstrating Moral Couragep. 6
Leading Change: Necessary Dispositionsp. 7
Perceptions About the Role of a School Leaderp. 7
Confidence in Self as an Instructional Leaderp. 10
A Growth Mindsetp. 11
Moral Couragep. 13
Key Points About Removing the Rose-Colored Glassesp. 14
Putting Words Into Actionp. 15
Reflecting on Your Current Statep. 15
Action Toolsp. 16
No More Lake Wobegon: Creating a Culture of Learningp. 19
The Effects of Well-Intended Fiction: A Culture of Nicep. 19
The Changing Landscapep. 21
The Leader's Role: Essential Beliefs and Understandingsp. 22
Changing Beliefs: Practice Comes First!p. 22
Drinking the Waterp. 24
Understanding About Learningp. 26
A Presumption of Continuous Growth for Allp. 27
Setting the Stage: Defining Who We Arep. 28
Capturing the School's Historyp. 28
Developing Core Beliefs and Commitmentsp. 30
Demonstrating Beliefs: Actions of the School Leaderp. 32
Developing Trust and Rapportp. 32
Step Aside and Lead: Creating Opportunities for Learningp. 34
Key Points About Creating a Culture of Learningp. 35
Putting Words Into Actionp. 36
Reflecting on Your Current Statep. 36
Action Toolsp. 37
The Wisdom of Instructional Leadership:
What Leaders Need to Know and Dop. 39
Knowledge of Staffp. 40
Understandings About Teaching and Learningp. 43
What Is Good Teaching?p. 43
How Good Is Good Enough?p. 46
How Does Learning Occur?p. 47
What Is Engagement in Learning?p. 48
Skills of the Instructional Leaderp. 51
Collecting Evidence to Assess Teachingp. 52
Engaging in Professional Conversationsp. 54
Skillful Questioningp. 55
Productive Listeningp. 56
Providing Feedbackp. 57
Facilitating Professional Goal Settingp. 58
Key Points About What Leaders Need to Knowp. 59
Putting Words Into Actionp. 60
Reflecting on Your Current Statep. 60
Action Toolsp. 60
The Wisdom of Instructional Practice: What Teachers Need to Knowp. 65
Playing a Guessing Gamep. 65
Guessing Games Replaced by Transparencyp. 66
Understandings About Teaching and Learningp. 66
Putting Your Know-How Into Action: A Cycle of Continuous Improvement and Growthp. 68
Don't Forget to Feed the Teachers!p. 71
A Plan for Teacher Learningp. 73
Key Points About What Teachers Need to Knowp. 75
Putting Words Into Actionp. 75
Reflecting on Your Current Statep. 75
Action Toolp. 76
Promoting Teacher Learning: It's All Talk!p. 83
Powerful Conversationsp. 83
Setting the Stagep. 85
Acknowledging the Leader's Dual Rolep. 85
Making Intentions Clearp. 87
Factors That Impact Conversationsp. 89
Rapport and Relationship With the Teacherp. 90
The Developmental Level of the Teacherp. 91
The School Culturep. 91
The Data Collected About Teaching and Learningp. 92
The Teacher's Mindsetp. 93
The Skills of the Leader Facilitating the Conversationp. 94
Leading Conversations: When, What, and Howp. 95
When to Talkp. 95
What to Talk Aboutp. 96
How to Talkp. 97
Key Points About Promoting Teacher Learningp. 101
Putting Words Into Actionp. 102
Reflect on Your Current Statep. 102
Action Toolp. 102
Principals Can't Lead Alone: The Role of the District Officep. 105
Improving Instruction: Does the Central Office Matter?p. 105
A Case in Pointp. 106
Increased Accountability for Leadersp. 106
Creating a Culture for Professional Learning: A Case Studyp. 107
A Powerful First Impressionp. 107
A History of Principal Autonomyp. 109
Getting the Right Members on the Teamp. 110
Learning for All Adults in the Systemp. 112
Aligning School and District Goats and Prioritiesp. 112
Teacher Evaluation a Tool for Teacher Learningp. 113
Professional Development as the Fuel for the Systemp. 115
Expanding Professional Learning Across the Districtp. 116
Finding Time for Professional Learningp. 118
Securing the Future of Leaders and the Professional Staffp. 118
Key Points About the Role of the District Officep. 120
Putting Words Into Actionp. 120
Action Toolp. 120
Reflect and Assessp. 122
Referencesp. 123
Indexp. 127
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ISBN: 9781452240879
ISBN-10: 1452240876
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 127
Published: 12th March 2013
Publisher: CORWIN PR INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.15 x 17.53  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.3

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