Studies in Educational Leadership

School District Leadership Matters

Authors: Sheppard, Bruce, Brown, Jean, Dibbon, David

  • Bridges the traditional divide between the generalizations of social science research and theory on the one hand and the world of practice on the other
  • Challenges governments and school boards to rethink their approach to educational reform
  • Focuses on school district leadership, which is a much neglected field of study in educational administration
  • Provides a practical example of how the empirical evidence can guide leadership practice
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School District Leadership Matters challenges policy makers, administrators, and academics in the field of educational leadership to reassess their traditional approaches to learning, working, and planning. The authors believe that government restructuring, standards-based reforms, and centrally imposed strategic planning have been painfully ineffective. As a consequence, student learning has become increasingly superficial and inauthentic.

This book bridges the traditional divide between the generalizations of social science theory on the one hand and the world of educational practice on the other. It argues that a more promising approach to education reform is through effective school district leadership. Sheppard, Brown and Dibbon draw on their collective experience both as educational leaders and researchers of leadership, having spent five years researching and working in one school district. Here, they show how a district superintendent can successfully navigate the paradoxes and challenges of facilitating collaborative leadership in a school district with a traditionally hierarchical organizational structure.

As a conclusion to their work, the authors highlight what they call five ‘recognitions’ that deepen readers’ understanding of school district leadership. They illuminate, too, ways that senior level practitioners can apply theory to practice in order to break down the traditional hierarchical bureaucracies that inhibit learning, and create professional learning communities.

School District Leadership Matters urges researchers, graduate students, practitioners, and policymakers to focus on improving authentic learning for all students and argues that the best hope rests with effective school district leadership. This empirically-based yet practical book provides new insights and questions for academic researchers and will inspire policy makers and practitioners to imagine what could be and to work towards it.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Where Theory Meets Practice

    Sheppard, Dr. Bruce (et al.)

    Pages 1-14

  • Leadership and Organizational Learning

    Sheppard, Dr. Bruce (et al.)

    Pages 15-32

  • Meeting the Challenges of Hierarchy Through District Leadership

    Sheppard, Dr. Bruce (et al.)

    Pages 33-47

  • Establishing Collaborative Structures

    Sheppard, Dr. Bruce (et al.)

    Pages 49-68

  • Strategic Thinking and Adaptive Learning

    Sheppard, Dr. Bruce (et al.)

    Pages 69-84

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
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Hardcover $139.99
price for USA in USD
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $139.99
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  • ISBN 978-90-481-8198-8
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
School District Leadership Matters
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Educational Leadership
Series Volume
8
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-9747-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-9747-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-9746-1
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-8198-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 144
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