Increasing Student Achievement through Effective School Leadership: Practitioners’ Perspectives

Linda R. Vogel (Editor)
Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, University of Northern Colorado, CO, US

Chris Jenkins (Editor)
Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Northern Colorado, Colorado, USA

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: EDU032000

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Best practices in addressing the learning needs of all students, particularly those identified as at-risk for failure, must be informed by theory, research, and experience. The practitioners in this book share their experiences in designing support systems for a variety of at-risk student groups including English language learners, immigrant, refugee, and low socio-economic students. Emphasizing the development of safe and supportive school cultures, the involvement of parents in student learning, and curriculum that addresses differentiated learning needs, this book provides practical ways that school leaders can advocate for and provide systemic supports for at-risk students.

The effective use of technology to enrich student learning and promote engagement is also discussed, as well as the development of professional learning communities as a structure to promote on-going teacher growth in effective teaching practices. Although not typically considered as an at-risk population, meeting the needs of gifted and talented students who may not fully engage with school is also addressed. Finally, a stewardship model of leadership is explored, based on the actions of leaders in schools with high poverty and minority students that have consistently earned recognition as high performing. The ideas for engaging students, teachers, parents, and communities shared by practitioners in this book focus on effective means of collaboration, communication, relationship building, and strategic planning for at-risk student success and can be used by school leaders in every school to better serve all students.
(Imprint: Nova)

Chapter 1 - The Practitioner Voice Informed by Research (pp. 1-10)
L. R. Vogel and Chris Jenkins (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Northern Colorado, CO, US)

Chapter 2 - Creating Structures to Support Students Living in Poverty (pp. 11-22)
Suzette Luster (Assistant Principal, Brentwood Middle School, Greeley-Evans School District 6, CO, US)

Chapter 3 - Leadership Practices That Support ELL Growth and Achievement: Creating Structures for Intelligent Reform (pp. 23-40)
J. J. Daniels and J. B. Phillips (Senior Outreach Specialist, Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI, US and others)

Chapter 4 - Engaging Immigrant Parents in Schools through Effective Educational Leadership (pp. 41-56)
Mary Ellen Good (Director of Federal Programs, Centennial Board of Cooperative Educational Services)

Chapter 5 - Leading and Empowering Schools of Difference for Refugee Students (pp. 57-68)
Ben Alexander (Assistant Principal, ENGAGE Online Academy, Greeley Evans School District 6, CO, US)

Chapter 6 - Diagnosis and Treatment of Students That Require Alternative Education (pp. 69-78)
Joan Bludorn (Principal, Arapahoe Ridge High School, Boulder Valley School District, CO, US)

Chapter 7 - Supporting Student Achievement through Teacher Growth: Professional Learning Community Assessment and Practical Ideas for Implementation (pp. 79-90)
Michelle Johnstone, Superintendent (Brush School District, CO, US)

Chapter 8 - All Children Have the Right to Learn: The Role of Educational Leaders in Supporting Gifted Learners (pp. 91-104)
Amy Tuttle (Assistant Director of Learning Services, Weld County School District 6, CO, US)

Chapter 9 - Technology for Student Achievement: How School Leaders Can See Past the Glitter (pp. 105-120)
Daniel R. Maas (Chief Operations Officer, Thompson School District, CO, US)

Chapter 10 - Stewardship as an Alternative Model of Leadership: What If We Have the Wrong Theory? (pp. 121-136)
Sophia Marsh Masewicz (Director of Assessment and Special Projects, Greeley-Evans District, CO, US)

Chapter 11 - The Effective School Leader: Putting All the Pieces Together (pp. 137-144)
Chris Jenkins and Linda R. Vogel (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Northern Colorado, CO, US)

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