Annotated Bibliography of Resources for Educational Reform, Coherent Teaching Practice, and Improved Student Learning

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  • Lambert, L. (1998). How to build leadership capacity. Education Week, 55 (7), 17-19.

Lambert provides anecdotal and theoretical evidence that the best means to create successful and long term change is harnessing the "energy and commitment" of staff and community rather than simply creating strong individual leaders. When a strong leader leaves a district, campuses typically tend to ease back into their prior routines, abandoning positive improvement efforts. By developing the leadership potential of all of the members of the system and garnering the involvement of the community, improvements are not lost when a strong leader leaves a campus or district. The author defines leadership as "the reciprocal learning processes that enable participants in a community to construct meaning toward a shared purpose," and shares her assumptions about leadership as learning. Building capacity in schools includes developing a new understanding of leadership capacity. She presents a matrix of four school types and their capacities for leadership, and details ways that schools and districts can encourage leadership.

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