Book Title: The Will to Lead, the Skill to Teach: Transforming Schools at Every Level create a responsive learning environment
Publisher: Solution Tree
Author: Anthony Muhammad
School improvement begins with self-examination and honest dialogue about socialization, bias, discrimination, and cultural insensitivity. In The Will to Lead, the Skill to Teach
, the authors acknowledge both the structural and sociological issues that contribute to low-performing schools, and describe how leaders can create a healthy school culture. They offer multiple strategies and activities to improve classroom management, increase literacy, establish academic vocabulary, and create an engaging learning environment.
After making a distinction between a staff's will--that is, their belief in all students' abilities along with their determination to make student learning and success a schoolwide priority and a staff's skill their use of quality, responsive methods and activities--the authors submit that healthy school cultures grow out of a marriage of the two.
Examine four broad steps to developing a positive learning environment (aligning philosophies, managing frustration, creating a culture of collaboration, and institutionalizing a healthy culture) and uncover the components of responsive pedagogy--a skillful and balanced framework of traditional and culturally responsive activities used in the classroom.
* Reflect on current practices and identify areas for school improvement.
* Spot the factors that can be harmful to school cultures.
* Identify your school as high will/low skill, high skill/low will, low will/low skill, or high will/high skill.
* Develop a blueprint for achieving skilled pedagogy and successful school improvement.
* Gain practical classroom management strategies and activities.
Part 1 Will and Skill
1 Two Parts of a Positive School Environment
Part 2 The Will to Lead
2 Conflicting Wills
3 Frustration in a Toxic Culture
4 The School Culture Framework: Creating a Culture of Collaboration
5 Leadership at Every Level
Part 3 The Skill to Teach
6 Developing a Responsive Pedagogy
7 The Steps to Responsive Pedagogy
8 Responsive Classroom Management
9 Responsive Academic Vocabulary
10 Responsive Academic Literacy
11 Responsive Learning Environments