How Leaders Learn: Cultivating Capacities for School Improvement by Gordon A. Donaldson

How Leaders Learn: Cultivating Capacities for School Improvement

Book Title: How Leaders Learn: Cultivating Capacities for School Improvement

Publisher: Teachers College Press

ISBN: 0807748544

Author: Gordon A. Donaldson


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Gordon A. Donaldson with How Leaders Learn: Cultivating Capacities for School Improvement

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How Leaders Learn portrays the developmental experiences of educators seeking to become accomplished leaders in their schools. The author presents a new model of leadership knowledge: the Interpersonal-Cognitive-Intrapersonal (I-C-I) model. Through the stories of teacher leaders and administrators in several leadership development programs, the book depicts the evolution of understanding, skill, and self-confidence. These learners grapple with questions essential to all effective leadership: Does my leadership generate improved learning for the students in my school? What are my greatest assets as a leader? What are my greatest liabilities, and what do I do about them? Can I find a leadership role that is both productive and sustainable for me and for the school I serve?

This dynamic professional development tool:

  • Introduces a framework for thinking about how school leaders cultivate and support their own learning.
  • Richly describes in leaders’ own words the deepening of interpersonal, cognitive, and intrapersonal leadership knowledge and action.
  • Describes how to structure the Performance Learning cycle to support leadership that benefits students.
  • Links recent literature and research to support new insights into the role of emotion, self-awareness, and interpersonal skills in leader learning.