There is a vast literature on educational leadership full of wisdom. I and my colleagues have learned continuously from it. A compilation of nuggets from that literature appears in Appendix A of this chapter. Most of it is about skillful orchestration of change. It is a useful list even though the items are hortatory statements without implementation details.
But there are some gaps I want to fill in here and some items to highlight. I hope these additions can be incorporated into existing leadership preparation programs and, more importantly, be adopted by school districts as agendas internally for the development of their school leaders.
Leaders who improve instruction need knowledge and skill about four main categories this chapter will elucidate:
- High Expertise Teaching
- Adult Professional Culture
- Re-Designing a School for Equity
- Orchestrating Change for Improvement of Teaching and Learning