School Leadership That Works

  • Title:School Leadership That Works: From Research to Results
  • Author:Robert Marzano, Timothy Waters, Brian McNulty
  • Publication Date:September 2005
  • Grade Level:K-12
  • ISBN:9781416602279
  • Publisher:ASCD

What can school leaders really do to increase student achievement, and which leadership practices have the biggest impact on school effectiveness? For the first time in the history of leadership research in the United States, here's a book that answers these questions definitively and gives you a list of leadership competencies that are research-based.

Drawing from 35 years of studies, the authors explain critical leadership principles that every administrator needs to know:

  • 21 leadership responsibilities that have a significant effect on student learning and the correlation of each responsibility to academic achievement gains.
  • The difference between first-order and second-order change and the leadership responsibilities--in rank order--that are most important for each.
  • How to choose the right work to focus on to improve student achievement.
  • The advantages and disadvantages of comprehensive school reform models for improving student achievement.
  • 11 factors and 39 actions that help you take a site-specific approach to improving student achievement.
  • A five-step plan for effective school leadership that includes a strong team, distributed responsibilities, and 31 team action steps.


Author Bio

Dr. Robert J. Marzano is the cofounder and CEO of Marzano Research Laboratory in Denver, Colorado. Throughout his forty years in the field of education, he has become a speaker, trainer, and author of more than thirty books and 150 articles on topics such as instruction, assessment, writing and implementing standards, cognition, effective leadership, and school intervention. His practical translations of the most current research and theory into classroom strategies are internationally known and widely practiced by both teachers and administrators.

Brian McNultyhas more than 30 years experience in education; his area of expertise include leadership development, school effectiveness and improvement, early childhood education, and special education. McNulty has published and lectured extensively in these areas.

Dr. Timothy Waters is the executive director of Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) and has been with the organization since 1993. Prior to joining McREL, Dr. Waters was superintendent of schools in Greeley, Colorado, where he led a seven-year effort of systemic reform to ensure the success of every student. This standards-based effort resulted in dramatic achievement gains for students and, in particular, for minority students and disadvantaged children. Dr. Waters has expertise in the theory and application of systemic change processes in educational systems and in the implementation of effective reform.

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