Thank You For Your Leadership: The Power Of Distributed Leadership In A Digital Conversion Model by Mark A. EdwardsThank You For Your Leadership: The Power Of Distributed Leadership In A Digital Conversion Model by Mark A. Edwards

Thank You For Your Leadership: The Power Of Distributed Leadership In A Digital Conversion Model

byMark A. Edwards

Paperback | February 17, 2015

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Thank you for Your Leadership is a unique look toward getting leaders at all levels to work, interact, examine impact, and learn from implementation. In it the author shows how the digital conversion initiative at the Mooresville Graded School District (MGSD) has worked successfully through integration with pedagogy and by interlocking leaders throughout the system. Through his experience as a principal, dean, and superintendent, Dr. Edwards has observed leadership in schools, school systems, grade levels, departments, classrooms, communities, and organizations, and has noted the impact leaders have had on the culture of each group. In this new book Dr. Edwards discusses a practical new view of leadership he calls “second-order leadership” that integrates leadership into every aspect of district life, from hiring procedures to student and parent leadership.


Dr. Edwards clarifies the concept of distributed leadership with insights into cultural conditions, alignment with the vision, and leadership pathways that have fostered leadership throughout his district. He also outlines practical strategies to help other districts spread leadership more broadly and improve teaching and learning to the benefit of students.


Dr. Mark Edwards has served as a public school superintendent for over twenty years, in Henrico County and Danville, Virginia, and since 2007 in the Mooresville Graded School District in North Carolina, where he has led a widely recognized digital conversion initiative.   Dr. Edwards graduated from the University of Tennessee and re...
Title:Thank You For Your Leadership: The Power Of Distributed Leadership In A Digital Conversion ModelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9 × 7.3 × 0.6 inPublished:February 17, 2015Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0133563189

ISBN - 13:9780133563184

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Table of Contents

Brief Contents

About the Author / Acknowledgment / Foreword by Michael Fullan

Prologue: Moving Toward a New View of Leadership

1.         Distributed Leadership and High-Performance Teaching and Learning

2.         Leaders with a Shared Vision

3.         Aligning Leaders with the Mission

4.         Cultural Conditions for Shared Leadership

5.         Everyday Pathways to Leadership

6.         Formal Programs of Leadership Growth

7.         Leading with Formative Power

8.         Tough Stuff

9.         Second-Order Leaders

Appendix A:      Assistant Principal (AP) Leadership Academy Agenda

Appendix B:      Teacher Leader Academy Agenda

Appendix C:      Summer Institute Agenda

Appendix D:     Summer Connection Conference Agenda

Editorial Reviews

Praise from the field… “The question is no longer whether or not we should employ the strategy of distributed leadership to improve our schools. The question is how we should do this. In Dr. Edward’s book, he provides us with the how through inspiring stories of the power of distributed leadership and with practical, every day strategies for building a culture of leadership from our students to our parents to our teachers to our principals to our central leaders. The spirit you feel when visiting the Mooresville Graded School District comes alive in this book, and it renews my passion for ensuring everyone has a voice in the work we do to make a difference for every child, every day."  -  Dr. Aaron Spence, Superintendent, Virginia Beach City Schools, Virginia Beach, Virginia   “Once I started to read this book, I couldn’t put it down. I actually read the book twice in three days. The first time I was able to capture the big picture items and the concept of distributed leadership. I then went back and took notes on how I can change my practice based on the content included in the book.”  - Dr. David Schuler, Superintendent–High School District 214, Arlington Heights, Illinois   “My major goal is to build capacity in our leaders to forward our strategic goals. Dr. Edwards does a great job in this book of helping us to think through the depth of our leadership capacity and how to maximize their potential.”  - Dr. Lynn Moody, Superintendent, Rowan-Salisbury School System, Salisbury, North Carolina