📑 Transforming Schools: How Distributed Leadership Can Create More High-Performing Schools

Bookmarked Transforming Schools: How Distributed Leadership Can Create More High-Performing Schools by Chris Bierly, Betsy Doyle, Abigail Smith (Bain)
The best organizational leadership models are purpose-built to accomplish the organization’s most critical mission. While every school has its differences, they all share the fundamental mission of improving teaching and learning. Groups of elementary, middle and high schools in a given system are more alike than unalike when it comes to addressing this core challenge. Standardizing as much as possible around a well-developed model makes deploying and managing it easier and more effective. If schools have similar roles and leadership processes, the system can better align critical support functions such as talent development, compensation and evaluation.
Chris Bierly, Betsy Doyle and Abigail Smith discuss some of the challenges associated leadership in schools, suggesting that distributed leadership can create more high-performing schools. Reflecting on research, they highlight five principles designed to help develop a distributed model.

  1. Make a bet on a leadership model.
  2. Create and strengthen leadership capacity.
  3. Focus leaders on improving teaching and learning.
  4. Create teams with a shared mission.
  5. Empower leaders with the time and authority to lead.

One concern that I had throughout this extensive post was the blurring between ‘coaching’ and ‘evaluation’. For more on the topic, I recommend Alma Harris’ book Distributed Leadership Matters.

via Tom Barrett

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