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The Intelligent, Responsive Leader


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Preface The Rationale The Focus Organization Reading and Using This Book Acknowledgments Publisher's Acknowledgments About the Authors Chapter 1: The Challenge of Leading in the Middle Space Beyond Intentional Interruption The Centrality of Professional Learning Leading in the Middle Space Implementation Challenges at the Nexus of Pressures and Supports Initiativitis and Literal Leadership Polemics in the Middle Space Time for Reflection Chapter 2: The Intelligent, Responsive School The Power of And Prescription and Professional Judgment Intelligent Expectations Responsive Conditions The Relationship Between Intelligent and Responsive Beyond Polemics Time for Reflection Chapter 3: Intelligent, Responsive Leadership Practice Leadership, Professional Learning, and Classroom Practice Intelligent Leadership Practices Leading an Intelligent, Responsive School Time for Reflection Chapter 4: The Psychological Foundations of "Getting Better" The Psychological Foundations of Leadership Learning Inquiries The Psychological Foundations of Collaborative Leader Learning Time for Reflection Chapter 5: Getting Better at "Influence" Through Leader Learning Inquiries What Are Leader Learning Teams? Leadership Learning Inquiries Developing a Leadership Inquiry Question Using Our Leadership Inquiry Template The "How" of a Leadership Inquiry Why Sticking With the Template Matters Knowing When a Leadership Inquiry Is "Done" Moving Forward Time for Reflection Chapter 6: Ensuring That Together Is Better The Mechanics of the Leader Learning Team The Ongoing Spirit of Critical Friendship Our Learning Conversations Protocol: An Intentional Interruption Strategy for Enhanced Collaborative Learning Toward a Preferred Future of the Intelligent, Responsive School Time for Reflection References Index

About the Author

Steven Katz is the director of Aporia Consulting Ltd. and a faculty member in the Applied Psychology and Human Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE, UT), where he teaches in the Child Study and Education graduate program. He is the recipient of the OISE, UT- wide award for teaching excellence. Steven has a PhD in human development and applied psychology, with specialization in applied cognitive science. His areas of expertise include cognition and learning, teacher education, networked learning communities, leading professional learning, and evidence-informed decision making for school improvement. He has received the Governor General's Medal for excellence in his field and has been involved in research and evaluation, professional development, and consulting with a host of educational organizations around the world. He is the author of several best-selling books, including Leading Schools in a Data-Rich World, Building and Connecting Learning Communities, Intentional Interruption, and The Intelligent, Responsive Leader. Lisa Ain Dack is a senior associate at Aporia Consulting Ltd. and an instructor in the Master of Teaching and Master of Child Study and Education programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE, UT). She has a PhD in developmental psychol ogy and education from OISE, UT, with a collaborative degree in developmental science. She is the 2017 recipient of the OISE, UT award for excellence in Initial Teacher Education. Lisa facilitates Leader Learning Teams in various school districts in Ontario, leads numerous research projects investigating learning teams, and is involved in research projects on assessment and evaluation. She also undertakes program evaluations at both the primary and secondary levels. In addition, she leads workshops for administrators and teachers throughout Ontario on Leader Learning Teams, professional learning, and data-driven deci sion making. She is coauthor of the best-selling book Intentional Interruption. Lisa and her husband Jeff have three children, Sadie, Rachel, and Dylan. John Malloy is the Director of Education for the Toronto District School Board. He has an Ed.D. in educational administration from the University of Toronto (OISE, UT). Prior to being the Director of Education in Toronto, John held senior leadership positions at the Ontario Ministry of Education and in three other Ontario school boards. John's areas of expertise include leadership development, large scale system change, strategic planning, professional learning, and equity. John has fostered a culture of collaborative inquiry and shared leadership in each of the school districts where he has led, which in turn has produced improved outcomes for students.


"What I like about The Intelligent, Responsive Leader is that it gives a structure for personal and vicarious learning about the real matter of school leadership, so that these accumulated experiences and wisdom are not lost at either the personal or collegial levels."

-- Dr Neil MacNeill, Head Master

"The information in Leading Intelligent, Responsive Schools ought to be shared with more people! Some of us have had the opportunity to work with a leadership coach, but many have not and this book levels that playing field."

-- Brigitte Tennis, Founder, Headmistress and 8th - 10th Grade Teacher

"This important work demonstrates and reinforces the idea that continuous improvement can only come from deep, intentional, focused, and hard work on the part of everyone within an organization. While the examples are rooted within schools and school districts, this work is applicable to any organization that seeks meaningful and specific improvement in their results. This is a must-read for leaders!"

-- Lynn Macan

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