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Leading Effectively for K-12 School Improvement

Leading Effectively for K-12 School Improvement
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Author(s): Raymond J. John Schmidt (Escuela Internacional Sampedrana, Honduras)
Copyright: 2024
Pages: 25
Source title: Leading and Managing Change for School Improvement
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Nadire Gülçin Yildiz (Istanbul Medipol University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3940-8.ch001


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This chapter explores six key principles essential for school leaders to effectively spearhead transformative initiatives. Central to this discourse is the understanding that successful change management necessitates collaborative efforts, stakeholder engagement, clear communication, and a focus on continuous professional development for educators. Moreover, fostering a culture of innovation, embracing evidence-based practices, and leveraging technology are imperative for addressing the multifaceted challenges faced by K-12 schools. Drawing upon seminal works by Darling-Hammond, Fullan, Kotter, and Senge, among others, this chapter elucidates a comprehensive framework for leading change that encompasses vision setting, capacity building, and sustainable implementation strategies. By synthesizing theoretical perspectives with practical insights, this chapter underscores the critical role of visionary leadership and effective management practices in driving meaningful improvements in K-12 educational environments.

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