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Leverage Leadership 2.0. A Practical Guide to Building Exceptional Schools

  • ID: 4473309
  • Book
  • August 2018
  • 432 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd


Leading a school is one of the most challenging jobs there are no easy pathways to success! Yet exceptional school leaders across the globe are changing the narrative of what is possible simply by focusing on how they use their time: what they do and how and when they do it. Fully revised and updated from the first edition, Leverage Leadership 2.0 is grounded in the experience of more than 20,000 school leaders worldwide and offers the most current on–the–ground techniques to transform your leadership. The book highlights real–world examples of high–achieving school leaders that come from every type of school and city: large and small, city and rural, district and charter, and everything in between. Their collective stories reveal a simple framework that can help good leaders become great. By consistently using seven principles or "levers," each minute of each day is leveraged to maximal results:

  • Drive as much teacher development in a year as most schools do in twenty (instructional levers Chapters 1 4)
  • Build the habits of mind and heart that can shape a strong school culture (cultural levers Chapters 5 7)

With over 30 updated videos of top–tier leaders in action along with fully updated professional development materials, ready–to–use rubrics, and calendars, Leverage Leadership 2.0 brings great schools to you and allows you to create one yourself.

"Paul Bambrick–Santoyo has his boots on the ground. This gifted teacher, school leader, and leader of leaders does the work every day in his highly successful Uncommon Schools. Leverage Leadership 2.0 affirms his rare ability to see what works in school leadership and to share those best practices with others. This book is as crucial for superintendents as it is for principals, teacher leaders, and policymakers. A must–read!"
Kim Marshall, Consultant, Principal Coach and Author of Rethinking Teacher Supervision and Evaluation

"In the fight to eradicate the achievement gap, Leverage Leadership 2.0 is the complete arsenal. Culled from thousands of hours of observing extraordinary leaders obtaining exceptional results, this book identifies the seven key levers of school and student success. But it doesn′t stop there. The real gems here are the detailed systems and strategies that any leader can apply to transform their schools and replicate the staggering success of the Uncommon Schools. Don′t just read Leverage Leadership 2.0, implement it now! The state of our schools demands it."
Elizabeth Topoluk, Director, Friends of Education

"Leverage Leadership 2.0 is a stand–out among the millions of books principals have cluttering their shelves on leadership and student achievement. This one won′t collect dust! Bambrick–Santoyo provides an unequivocal blueprint on implementing effective change that will bolster student achievement in an actionable way."
Nakia Haskins, Principal, Brooklyn Brownstone School

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DVD Video Content

DVD Additional Materials



About the Authors


A Paradigm Shift: The Levers of Leadership

A Practical Guide : What You ll Find in the Book

Pulling the Lever

Who Should Use This Book And How

Part I: Instruction

Chapter 1: Data–Driven Instruction

Assessment: What Will Students Learn?

Analysis: What & Why Didn t They Learn?

Action: Teaching & Re–Teaching to Mastery

Put It All Together Lead Data Meetings

Making It Work: How It Fits into a Leader s Schedule


Pulling the Lever

Chapter 2: Planning

Unit Planning

Effective Lesson Planning

Coaching for Effective Planning


Pulling the Lever

Chapter 3: Observation & Feedback

Systems: Monitor your Feedback

Turnaround What to Do First


Pulling the Lever

Chapter 4: Professional Development

What to Teach: Follow the Data

How to Teach: Live the Learning

How to Make it Stick: Follow up

Turnaround What to Do First


Pulling the Lever

Part II: Culture

Chapter 5: Student Culture

Monitor & Maintain

Turnaround Fixing a Broken Culture


Pulling the Lever

Chapter 6: Staff Culture

Set the Vision

Roll It Out

Protect It

Turnaround Coming Together


Pulling the Lever

Chapter 7: Managing School Leadership Teams

Choose Your Team

Train Your Team Roll Out the Vision

Monitor the School

Lead Effective Leadership Meetings


Pulling the Lever

Part III: Making It Happen

Chapter 8: Finding the Time

Build Your Weekly Schedule

Defend Your Time

The Final Step: Managing Tasks

Pulling the Lever

Conclusion: A Brighter Future

Appendix A: A Sneak Peek: A Principal Manager s Guide to Leverage Leadership

Preview Opening of Chapter 2: Identifying the Right Action Step

Criteria for Principal Action Steps

Appendix B: The DVD: All PD Workshop Materials and Key Documents



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Paul Bambrick–Santoyo
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