Read, Write, Lead: Breakthrough Strategies for Schoolwide Literacy Success

Read, Write, Lead: Breakthrough Strategies for Schoolwide Literacy Success

Read, Write, Lead: Breakthrough Strategies for Schoolwide Literacy Success

Read, Write, Lead: Breakthrough Strategies for Schoolwide Literacy Success

Synopsis

Achieve dramatic academic improvement by entwining successful practices of literacy and leadership in your school.

Excerpt

This is a book about literacy and leadership. Through a lifetime of working in schools, one of my most powerful insights and core beliefs is that teachers must be leaders, and principals must know literacy. Without a synergy between literacy and leadership and a committed, joint effort by teachers and principals, fragile achievement gains do not hold. Although much has been written about leadership and learning as well as literacy and learning, little has been written about the crucial interconnection between literacy and leadership for ensuring that all students become effective readers and writers. That partnership is at the heart of successful schoolwide literacy and at the heart of this book.

This is a book about sustainable school change through professional learning. It is not professional development, per se, that leads to increased achievement but rather shared learning in a high-trust, schoolwide environment where everyone is committed to learning more and doing better for all students and teachers in the school. It is an embedded schoolwide culture of thoughtful professional learning, gained through informed debate, dialogue, and reflection, that leads to classroom application of more effective literacy instruction and assessment and, ultimately, higher student achievement, engagement, and enjoyment. In particular, it is the creation and sustained activity of Professional Literacy Communities, permeating all aspects of school life, that lead to improved student achievement across the . . .

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