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  1. District Leadership That Works: Striking the Right Balance
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  2. District Leadership That Works: Striking the Right Balance

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Bridge the great divide between distanced administrative duties and daily classroom impact. This book introduces a top-down power mechanism called defined autonomy, a concept that focuses on district-defined, nonnegotiable, common goals and a system of accountability supported by assessment tools. Defined autonomy creates an effective balance of centralized direction and individualized empowerment that allows building-level staff the stylistic freedom to respond quickly and effectively to student failure.

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In this study, Marzano and Waters (MW) used meta-analysis to investigate the relationship between district leadership and student achievement at the school building level. Their study found that there were positive effects between school district leadership and student achievement. Meta-analysis has many critics. Some describe the process as mixing apples and oranges to discover how tomatoes grow. MW provides technical notes from pages 117 to 139. These notes were inscrutable since I have not yet acquired the specific research skills to understand them.

Their research has led them to advance five district responsibilities (or initiatives). They are: ensuring collaborative goal setting, establishing nonnegotiable goals for achievement and instruction, creating board alignment and support of district goals, monitoring achievement and instructional goals, and allocating resources to support goals for achievement and instruction (p. 6).

MW also made a perplexing... Read more
Our district is using this, and with this as their bible, they have destroyed our community and educational structure. We have over 70% of the teachers dissatisfied with the direction and management, parents up in arms and holding protests, and there is even talk of attempting to recall the Board. I'm aghast at how poorly this book guided our leadership.

It completely discounts involvement of teachers. Even worse, it predicts that change may cause teachers to express unhappiness, and because this is provided as a warning, they just stomp over us.

Having managed corporate change many times before in my prior life, I know there are better ways to handle this. This book relies upon meta-analysis of studies that use "data" from 1950s.

As a teacher for over 15 years, I give the content a C (some of the progression is good) and the implementation an F.
This book provides a connection between research on teaching, administration and best teaching practices. I recommend to anyone who is in education.
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