Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Summer Read

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Summer Read

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Last year on my summer holiday, I read:

Leverage Leadership

by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo (Jossey-Bass)

I always start the summer determined to improve myself. Although the drive to get back into 34in waisted trousers normally fails dismally, I usually get at least one book on teaching under my (strained) belt. Last year it was Leverage Leadership.

I have shied away from management roles as I love teaching and never wanted to distance myself from the classroom. However, this guide to school improvement suggests that such distancing is not inevitable.

The premise is that in the most successful schools, leaders spend the vast majority of their time trying to improve teaching rather than on administrative or other tasks.

For leaders willing to embrace this philosophy, Paul Bambrick-Santoyo provides everything needed, including example timetables and copious illustrative videos (on an accompanying DVD).

He bases the leverage leadership approach on the idea that there are seven "levers" that can be used for school improvement.

Three in particular stand out. First, data-driven instruction is key: teachers need to take the time (or be given it) to use summative assessments to discover what needs to be revisited. …

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