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Leading Well: Building Schoolwide Excellence in Reading and Writing

Leading Well: Building Schoolwide Excellence in Reading and Writing


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"I'm convinced that Howard Gardner was right when he suggested that all leaders need chances to retreat to the mountains. I hope this book gives you metaphorical mountains. I hope that Leading Well allows you to step back from the hurly burly of school leadership, to see far horizons, to breathe a new kind of air, and to return home with new energy and vision. And more than that, I hope the book helps you give the teachers and children in your care their own metaphorical mountains; because in the end, good leaders create leaders."

-Lucy Calkins

In Leading Well: Building Schoolwide Excellence in Reading and Writing, Lucy Calkins draws on the transformative work that she and her colleagues at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project have done in partnership with school leaders over the last thirty years. Travel to any corner of this country, inquire about the schools that are winning acclaim for their joyous and rigorous schoolwide literacy work, and you're apt to find yourself hearing about the results of the remarkable community of practice that has taken root around reading and writing workshop instruction.

This book, like the work of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project itself, is deeply research-based and principled, while also absolutely practical and real-world tested. Leading Well will provide you with the inspiration and energy you need to rally your teachers to outgrow their own best teaching practices and tackle predictable challenges.

Additionally, Leading Well will remind you that you are part of a vibrant community of practice. You'll learn not only from Lucy Calkins and from contributing authors, Mary Ehrenworth and Laurie Pessah, but also from talented, tenacious, and imaginative school leaders who are creating new horizons for the world of education.

The book is for school leaders who've invited their teachers to join them in the exhilarating work of adopting a dynamic, rigorous, student-centered language arts curriculum. It is for school leaders who have taken on the challenge of transforming their whole school into a place where everyone's potential, for learning and for growth, is sky high.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780325109220
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 12/26/2018
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 539,194
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 5 - 13 Years

About the Author

Lucy Calkins is the Founding Director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. For more than thirty years, she has led the Project in its dual functions as a think tank, developing state-of-the-art teaching methods, and a provider of professional development, supporting hundreds of thousands of teachers, principals, superintendents, and policy-makers across the country and around the world. Lucy is the author or coauthor - and series editor - of the reading, writing, and phonics Units of Study series, which are integral to classroom life in tens of thousands of schools around the world. In addition, she has authored scores of professional books and articles. Lucy is also the Robinson Professor of Children's Literature at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she co-directs the Literacy Specialist Program. Visit Order Resources by Lucy Calkins

Mary Ehrenworth, Senior Deputy Director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and co-editor for the Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Middle School series, works with schools and districts around the globe, and is a frequent keynote speaker at Project events and national and international conferences. Mary's interest in critical literacies, deep interpretation, and reading and writing for social justice all inform the books she has authored or co-authored in the Reading and Writing Units of Study series as well as her many articles and other books on instruction and leadership. You can connect with her on Twitter @MaryEhrenworth.

Laurie Pessah is a Senior Deputy Director at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, where she has responsibility for staffing the Project's work with several hundred schools in New York City and around the country. Coauthor of the DVD A Principal's Guide to Leadership in the Teaching of Writing: Helping Teachers with Units of Study (Heinemann 2008), Laurie has special responsibility for leading the TCRWP's work with school leaders and supporting staff developers. In this capacity, Laurie leads study groups, institutes, and a calendar of conference days for superintendents, principals, and assistant principals. She also has a longstanding special interest in primary-level reading and writing workshops.

Table of Contents

Welcome iv

Part 1 Planning for Literacy Reform

1 Setting Up for a Strong Start (or Restart) 2

2 Yon Can't Be the Only Leader-But the Job of Delegating Leadership Is Yours 22

3 Communicate the Vision, Build the Energy 32

Part 2 Lifting the Level of Teaching

4 First Things First Build an Instructional Foundation 42

5 Help Teachers Lift the Level of Their Methods of Teaching 68

6 From Good to Great: Supporting Teachers' Continued Growth 82

7 Build a Culture of Ongoing Learning 94

8 Provide Teachers with Professional Development 108

9 Rising to the Additional Challenges of Particular Populations 126

Part 3 Establishing Structures across the School and Community

10 Data-Based Instructional Rounds in Reading and Writing Workshops 140

11 Create Rituals and Traditions that Hold the Heart of Your School 164

12 Giving and Receiving Potent Feedback 170

13 Leading Adults Can Be Tricky: Responding to Trouble 186

14 Stay the Course while integrating New Initiatives 202

15 Advice on Using the TCRWP Assessment System 222

16 A Few Words about Test Prep for High-Stakes Tests 230

17 Engaging Parents as Partners 236

18 Build Your Own Support Group 250

References 253

Index 256

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