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Closing the Leadership Gap

Closing the Leadership Gap
How District and University Partnerships Shape Effective School Leaders

August 2007 | 176 pages | Corwin
The state of educational leadership, the preparedness and efficacy of today's school leaders, and the strengths and weaknesses of leadership preparation programs are all topics under continual scrutiny in both practice and research.

What happens when schools and districts work together to bring out the best in school leaders and then harness those elements in "best practice" in both practice and research?

Experts in school-university partnerships for leadership development, the authors seek to build a bridge between practice and theory by: illustrating what effective leadership looks like, how to cultivate it and sustain it, and how to center today's leadership preparation curriculum on effective leadership so that a higher percentage of future school leaders remain in education.

This book includes:

- field-tested tools, templates, and forms

- school-university program leadership

development tools that are


- strategies that can be used and applied

in any leadership development endeavor

- performance assessment tools and


- school leader voices and

reflections throughout

About the Authors
1. A Change in the Way We Think About Leadership
2. Using Successful Leadership Practice to Inform Theory
3. Using Leadership Theory to Inform Practice
4. Collaborative Partnerships for Preparing Leaders
5. Redesigning the Curriculum to Match the New Realities
6. Developing Ethical Leaders
7. The PALA Story: An Example of a Partnership Academy for Leaders
A. ISLLC Standards Summary and Sample
B. McREL's 21 Responsibilities of School Leaders
C. Matrix Combining ISLLC Standards and McREL's 21 Responsibilities
D. Matrix Combining ISLLC Standards and NPBEA 21 Competencies
E. Importance/Urgency Organizer
F. Planning Framework by ISLLC Standard
G. Leadership Academy Application
H. Brochure: Sample
I. Planning Meeting Notes: Sample
J. Mentoring Guidelines
K. Request for Input From Mentors: Sample
L. Required Activities
M. Agenda: Sample
N. Leadership Academy Interview Rubric
O. Academy Progress/End of Phase I: Sample
P. Portfolio Evaluation Rubric for the Leadership Academy
Q. Research Tracking Matrix

"Will improve the training and practice of future school administrators and the learning of students across the country."

Jim Lentz, Superintendent
Augusta Public Schools, KS

"This book would make an outstanding choice for a principals’ study group and would be an incredible read for preservice administrators."

Gina Marx, Assistant Superintendent
Augusta Public Schools, KS

"This book makes a distinct contribution to the field and will be a very useful resource for universities and school districts."

Susan Villani, Senior Program/Research Associate, Learning Innovations
Author, Mentoring and Induction Programs That Support New Principals

"Offers college-level libraries a satisfying blend of theory and real-world applications to address issues of effective leadership and draw together examples of results when universities and districts work together to shape such leadership qualities."

The Bookwatch, October 2007

"These veteran educators provide a practical recap for using leadership theory to inform school leadership practice, identifying the form and process for school-university collaboration that can be applied in a variety of settings."

The School Administrator, March 2008
American Association of School Administrators

“A fresh and sincere perspective on instituting collaborative training and partnership models to prepare emerging educational leaders for public school careers.”

NACADA Journal, Vol. 28(2)
National Academic Advising Association

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Chapter 1

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