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A Principal Manager's Guide to Leverage Leadership. How to Build Exceptional Schools Across Your District

  • ID: 4473308
  • Book
  • August 2018
  • 272 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd


A common refrain among principal managers is: "Nothing prepared me for this." Support and training for leaders who transition from serving as principals to managing principals is scarce. Who leads these leaders and how can they tell whether their work is making an impact?

That′s where this book comes in. A Principal Manager′s Guide to Leverage Leadership 2.0 gives you the framework and tools to shift your approach from administration to instructional leadership. With this book in hand, you can start developing principals instead of just evaluating them, making direct improvements to teaching and driving success across your schools.

  • Improve your capacity to coach principals to accelerate their development, using a trajectory of leader action steps linked to the seven levers of leadership
  • Create the conditions for district–wide success by offering flexible support and increased in–school presence
  • Design your schedule to maximize time spent on instructional leadership
  • Utilize ready–made training materials and video clips to lead workshops for your leadership team and streamline implementation

Whether your schools are large or small, rural or urban, successful or struggling, your principals can thrive with your guidance. The path ahead may be long, but this book provides the roadmap you′ve been looking for.

"If your goal is to become a more strategic practitioner, you must have A Principal Manager′s Guide to Leverage Leadership 2.0 in your library! It provides educational leaders at all levels with practical tools to accelerate principals′ development to impact learning outcomes for students. This book emphasizes what we already know: the real work is done before you even step foot in the classroom! This book has transformed the way I support my school leaders."
Celeste Douglas, Assistant Superintendent, District 18, New York City Public Schools

"Paul has few peers in the crusade to ensure school leaders have high fidelity, high priority practices critical to grow the capacity of their teachers so they can ensure student growth. His latest book fills another void: a clear, detailed map for principal supervisors and coaches to travel further down the road towards student growth. Inspiring...and our school leaders are so thankful!"
Rosemary Perlmeter, Founding Director, Master′s in Urban School Leadership, SMU

"Working with Bambrick–Santoyo and the content of this book has been a defining event in my professional life which has made me stronger and better (faster). Following the guidance and protocols set forth in A Principal Manager′s Guide to Leverage Leadership 2.0 helped me strengthen my practice and build the capacity of the leaders I support. Now principal managers have a common language and tools to have a laser–focus on improving the teaching and learning, which can profoundly impact student achievement as it has for us."
Jeanine Zitta, EdD, Network Superintendent, St. Louis Public Schools

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DVD Video Content

DVD Additional Materials


About the Author


A Paradigm Shift: From Administration to Instruction

A Practical Guide : What You ll Find in the Book

Who Should Use This Book And How

Part I: What to Coach

Chapter 1: A Primer on Leverage Leadership

The 7 Levers of Leadership

See It. Name It. Do It.

How to Make the Levers Happen


Chapter 2: Identifying the Right Action Steps

Criteria for Principal Action Steps

How to Use the Sequence of Principal Actions

Case Studies Try it Yourself


Principal Action Steps

Making it Work

Part II: How to Coach

Chapter 3: Coaching Data–Driven Instruction

Set the Table A Primer on the Conditions for Success District–Wide

Monitor the Learning

Coach by Example: Lead Data Meetings

Coach by Doing: Monitor Student Work


Principal Manager Check–ins

Making it Work

Chapter 4: Coaching Student Culture

Train the Rollout

Monitor Culture

Coach by Walking

Coach by Meeting

The 30–Day Playbook


Making it Work

Chapter 5: Coaching Teams of Principals

Establish the Norm One School

Observe Each Other Collaborative School Walkthroughs

Practice Together Team Coaching


Making it Work

Part III: Systems

Chapter 6: Finding the Time

Build Your Weekly Schedule

Defend Your Time

Manage Your Tasks


Making it Work

Chapter 7: A Superintendent s Guide to Creating the Conditions for Success

Maximize Time in Schools

Data–Driven Instruction Systems

Flexible Support for Turnarounds


Part IV: Professional Development

Workshops: Overview and Highlights

Chapter 7: Data–Driven Instruction for Principal Managers

Chapter 8: Student Culture for Principal Managers

End Notes


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Paul Bambrick–Santoyo
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