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Leading Well


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Table of Contents

  • Welcome
  • Part One: Planning for Literacy Reform
  • 1. Setting Up for a Strong Start (or Restart)
  • 2. You Can't Be the Only Leader-But the Job of Delegating Leadership Is Yours
  • 3. Communicate the Vision, Build the Energy
  • Part Two: Lifting the Level of Teaching
  • 4. First Things First: Build an Instructional Foundation
  • 5. Help Teachers Lift the Level of Their Methods of Teaching
  • 6. From Good to Great: Supporting Teachers' Continued Growth
  • 7. Build a Culture of Ongoing Learning
  • 8. Provide Teachers with Professional Development
  • 9. Rising to the Additional Challenges of Particular Populations
  • Part Three: Establishing Structures across the School and Community
  • 10 Data-Based Instructional Rounds in Reading and Writing Workshops
  • 11. Create Rituals and Traditions that Hold the Heart of Your School
  • 12. Giving and Receiving Potent Feedback
  • 13. Leading Adults Can Be Tricky: Responding to Trouble
  • 14. Stay the Course while Integrating New Initiatives
  • 15. Advice on Using the TCRWP Assessment System
  • 16. A Few Words about Test Prep for High-Stakes Tests
  • 17. Engaging Parents as Partners
  • 18. Build Your Own Support Group
  • References
  • Index

About the Author

Lucy Calkins is the Founding Director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. For more than thirty years, she has led the Project in its dual functions as a think tank, developing state-of-the-art teaching methods, and a provider of professional development, supporting hundreds of thousands of teachers, principals, superintendents, and policy-makers across the country and around the world. Lucy is the author or coauthor - and series editor - of the reading, writing, and phonics Units of Study series, which are integral to classroom life in tens of thousands of schools around the world. In addition, she has authored scores of professional books and articles. Lucy is also the Robinson Professor of Children's Literature at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she co-directs the Literacy Specialist Program. Her latest professional books include Teaching Writing and Leading Well. Visit UnitsofStudy.com Order Resources by Lucy Calkins

Mary Ehrenworth, Senior Deputy Director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and co-editor for the Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Middle School series, works with schools and districts around the globe, and is a frequent keynote speaker at Project events and national and international conferences. Mary's interest in critical literacies, deep interpretation, and reading and writing for social justice all inform the books she has authored or co-authored in the Reading and Writing Units of Study series as well as her many articles and other books on instruction and leadership. You can connect with her on Twitter @MaryEhrenworth.

Laurie Pessah is a Senior Deputy Director at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, where she has responsibility for staffing the Project's work with several hundred schools in New York City and around the country. Coauthor of the DVD A Principal's Guide to Leadership in the Teaching of Writing: Helping Teachers with Units of Study (Heinemann 2008), Laurie has special responsibility for leading the TCRWP's work with school leaders and supporting staff developers. In this capacity, Laurie leads study groups, institutes, and a calendar of conference days for superintendents, principals, and assistant principals. She also has a longstanding special interest in primary-level reading and writing workshops.

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