Book Excerpt: Leading with Focus: Elevating the Essentials for School and District Improvement

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In his 2011 ASCD best seller, Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning, author Mike Schmoker describes a fresh approach to K–12 teaching that is built on three core elements: a focused and coherent curriculum; soundly structured lessons; and purposeful reading and writing (or authentic literacy). Now, in Leading with Focus: Elevating the Essentials for School and District Improvement, he shows administrators, principals, and other education leaders how to apply his model to the work of running schools and districts. In this companion to his previous book, Schmoker offers

  • An overview of the case for simple, focused school and district leadership—demonstrating its power for vastly improving the work of teachers and leaders.
  • Examples of real schools and districts that have embraced focused leadership along with the incredible results for student learning.
  • A practical, flexible, and easy-to-follow implementation guide for ensuring focused leadership in schools and districts.

 Leading with Focus: Elevating the Essentials for School and District Improvement

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