Learning to Lead Together: The Promise and Challenge of Sharing Leadership

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Through real-life single and multiple case studies, Learning to Lead Together addresses how principals and their staffs struggle with the challenge of shared leadership, how they encourage teacher growth and development, and how shared leadership can lead to higher levels of student learning. The cases show how shared leadership, a powerful adaptive change, is socially constructed across contexts and evolves as teachers and principals learn how to work together. The book also illustrates how principal preparation and professional development programs that utilize problem-based learning and provide opportunities for genuine collaboration with colleagues can provide school leaders with the skills they need to share leadership and accountability effectively.

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Janet H. Chrispeels is a Professor in the Educational Leadership and Organizations emphasis at the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and serves as director of the Center for Educational Leadership. She is also executive director of the California Center for Effective Schools, as well as director of the administrative credentialing program at UCSB. She earned her BA from Michigan State, and Doctorate from the University of San Diego. Her research interests include school change and restructuring, school-home collaboration, leadership, and professional development.

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“Too often the response to good ideas is ‘it won’t work here.’ This book respects that perspective by providing school leaders with studies from the field that describe efforts that have and have not worked. The concept of shared leadership is presented in a ‘real world’ context, including the voices of those who don’t want it. The reader will develop a better understanding of what true collaboration can look like along with the challenges leaders may face as the culture of their school adapts to change.” (Stephen Gruenert)

Learning to Lead Together connects leadership theory with experiences from the field, it is very useful to practitioners and to individuals preparing for formal school leadership positions. (Albert H. Fein)

“Janet Chrispeel’s Learning to Lead Together provides a rich anthology of real experiences of school based leaders caught in the vortex of leading and learning on the one hand and teaching and leading on the other. I highly recommend this new work to students seeking real answers to real problems.” (James C. Moulton, Jr.)

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