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The Intelligent, Responsive Leader

  • Steven Katz - Director, Aporia Consulting Ltd. and Faculty Member, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto
  • Lisa Ain Dack - Senior Associate, Aporia Consulting Ltd. and Instructor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto
  • John Malloy - Director of Education, Toronto District School Board

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July 2017 | 192 pages | Corwin

Jump start your roles as “learning leader” and “lead learner!”

 

Designed for leaders to learn and lead within the “middle space” between the seemingly opposing dynamics of district expectations and practitioner experience, this book advances the concept of the school as a learning organization. This innovative perspective guides leaders through an intentional, deliberate learning process to develop intelligent, responsive leadership practice. Using stories, strategies, and tools, the authors

  • Explain the power of “purposeful practice” as a methodology for getting better
  • Show how to build the requisite capacities to lead effectively via “influence”
  • Describe how to turn adaptive challenges into leadership inquiries for growth

"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

University at Albany - SUNY, Albany, NY

 
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

"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
Ellenbrook Independent Primary School, Ellenbrook, Australia

"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
Stella Schola Middle School. Redmond, WA

"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
University at Albany - SUNY, Albany, NY

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Steven Katz

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, learning professional learning, and evidence-informed decision making for... More About Author

Lisa Ain Dack

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 psychol­ogy 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... More About Author

John Malloy

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... More About Author

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