"All Together Now Vol. 1” provides a different perspective on school leadership preparation and practice. Analysis of 40+ years of research reveals that all the tools needed to improve the quality of school leaders are readily available, but a change of how these tools are viewed is needed.
The ability to transform the school culture, guide the instructional program, and share the leadership responsibilities are what qualify the central leadership figure. These qualifications are cumbersome and complex, and the actual practices needed to perform each of the qualifying tasks, while existent, have yet to be effectively synthesized, categorized, or made palpable for the everyday practitioner.
In order to create the most effective learning environments, PLCs, school leaders need tangible means of implementing proven practices. "All Together Now Vol. 1” examines a new perspective of school leadership preparation and suggests means by which school leaders can begin structuring PLCs.
Dr. Charles A. Guilford, III is a 20+ year practitioner that has served in various capacities and roles within multiple school districts. His personal and professional experiences have fostered his desire to enhance education practices and approaches. He has served as an educator at the k-12, undergraduate and graduate levels, with a concentration on secondary education.
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The information provided is a framework on which districts may structure their schools, while allowing for the flexibility of addressing specific regional and local needs. In addition, educational leader preparation programs can use the information to ensure that preparatory programs are aligned with district needs and expectations. While certain aspects are pertinent to fostering sustainable improvements, the framework is designed to allow for the flexibility that is recommended by decades of research.