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Leverage Leadership: A Practical Guide to Building Exceptional Schools [Kindle Edition]

Paul Bambrick-Santoyo , Doug Lemov , Brett Peiser
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Paul Bambrick-Santoyo (Managing Director of Uncommon Schools) shows leaders how they can raise their schools to greatness by following a core set of principles. These seven principles, or "levers," allow for consistent, transformational, and replicable growth. With intentional focus on these areas, leaders will leverage much more learning from the same amount of time investment. Fundamentally, each of these seven levers answers the core questions of school leadership: What should an effective leader do, and how and when should they do it. 

Aimed at all levels of school leadership, the book is for any principal, superintendent, or educator who wants to be a transformational leader. The book includes 30 video clips of top-tier leaders in action. These videos bring great schools to you, and support a deeper understanding of both the components of success and how it looks as a whole. There are also many helpful rubrics, extensive professional development tools, calendars, and templates. 

  • Explores the core principles of effective leadership
  • Author's charter school, North Star Academy in Newark, New Jersey, received the highest possible award given by the U.S. Department of Education; the National Blue Ribbon

Print version includes an instructive DVD with 30 video clips to show how it looks in real life. E-book customers: please note that details on how to access the content from the DVD may be found in the e-book Table of Contents. Please see the section: "How to Access DVD Contents" 

Bambrick-Santoyo has trained more than 1,800 school leaders nationwide in his work at Uncommon Schools and is a recognized expert on transforming schools to achieve extraordinary results.

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For too long and for too many children our education system has not worked. Yet in the face of these struggles, there are principals, superintendents, and coaches who have built extraordinary schools not just once, but multiple times. What sets these leaders apart? Leverage Leadership demonstrates that exceptional school leaders succeed because of how they use their time: what they do, and how and when they do it. By consistently using seven core principles or "levers," each minute of their day is leveraged to maximal results. Armed with this insight, this practical guide offers the tools and systems needed to replicate these leaders′ success:

  • Drive as much teacher development in a year as most schools do in 20 (instructional levers Chapters 1–4)

  • Build the habits of mind and heart that can shape a strong school culture (cultural levers Chapters 5–6)

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

"Leverage Leadership offers a clear, detailed blueprint that will give both emerging and veteran leaders new tools for success. When it comes to school leadership, we′ve all been looking for guidance: now we have it."
Jean–Claude Brizard, chief executive officer, Chicago Public Schools

"Bambrick–Santoyo shows that the ′miracles′ of great school leadership aren′t really miracles at all. Instead, they′re the results of precise actions that will dramatically improve any school′s instruction and culture, creating extraordinary results for all."
Jean S. Desravines, chief executive officer, New Leaders

"Bambrick–Santoyo illuminates the actions and systems used by the best school leaders in the country, and then he shows you how to make them yours. If you are a school leader, or want to become one, then this is the most important book you can own. Read it and use it!"
Mark Murphy, executive director, Vision Network

About the Author

Paul Bambrick–Santoyo is the managing director of the award–winning North Star Academies in Newark, New Jersey. He has trained thousands of school leaders nationwide in his work at Uncommon Schools and as a faculty member for New Leaders. He is also the author of Driven by Data: A Practical Guide to Improve Instruction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4632 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (7 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007OWRC12
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #214,473 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good overall 17 Feb. 2014
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A useful book and apparently, the DVD too. However, it is a MONUMENTAL PAIN to get access to the DVD content if you buy this as an ebook for kindle. I'm still trying to get the publishers to give me access after about a month since buying it. I there fore can only give this a 2 as I can't get to the 'very important' content of DVD.I regret getting this as an ebook, beware if you do.
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By Robert Morris TOP 100 REVIEWER
This book is best viewed as an operations manual with a toolkit for those directly involved in public school education in the U.S. at a time when, on average, administrators spend about 10% of their time on "day-to-day instruction"; as for classroom teachers, their average is less than 40%. Various research studies suggest that exceptional schools are produced by great leaders who do everything humanly possible to facilitate and support great teaching. There are countless examples of schools with almost unlimited resources that are ineffective or, at best, mediocre, and countless other examples of schools with relatively few resources (and located within impoverished socio-eco0nomic conditions) that are effective, and in several instances where learning is outstanding.

With contributions from Brett Peiser, Paul Bambrick-Santoyo poses and then responds to a series of questions such as these:

o "What concrete actions does an excellent school leader take at each moment to make his or her school exceptional?"
o "What are the actions that lead not just to somewhat effective learning, but to phenomenal results?"
o "What do these leaders prioritize on a day-to-day, minute-to-minute basis?"
o "What has anyone done in a replicable way, moving away from the 'Superman' model of outstanding schools?"

In his previous book, Driven by Data, Bambrick-Santoyo focused on one critical lever of leadership: data-driven instruction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars school leaders need to read this 17 Aug. 2013
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Although written with the US education system in mind there are many many wonderful practical ideas In here that will impact quickly on school improvement if adapted to suit a schools' own situation. The book is easy to read and can be dipped in and out of. I will be basing a lot of my practice around the ideas in the book.
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I bought kindle version so did not get the DVD teaching materials and templates to use which is a shame as they would help to see the core practices in action. Some are available on YouTube though.
According to this book there are seven core practices (levers) which if put in to action will improve every school. What I took away from this book is on using time effectively, questioning to enhance rigorous learning which is always linked to an area of weakness in learner progress, observing teachers for fifteen minutes every week and providing feedback and planning time so they can build suggestions in to subsequent classes which will then be observed to assess improvement and progress, distributive leadership. A good read overall with useful ideas.
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