Finding Your Leadership Focus: What Matters Most for Student Results

| March 3, 2011

Title: Finding Your Leadership Focus: What Matters Most for Student Results

Author: Reeves, Douglas B.

Publisher: Teachers College Press. New York, NY. 2011

Call No.: LB2806 .R366 2011

From the Publisher:

In his new book, author and international keynoter Douglas Reeves addresses a major challenge faced by today’s school leaders: an ever-growing load of programs and initiatives. Reeves contends that program overload not only taxes leadership resources, but actually hurts rather than improves student performance. Drawing on recent research findings, this book shows how leaders can pare down from a proliferation of initiatives to determine what is truly most important based on their local concerns, challenges, populations, and other school factors.

Identifying a specific set of leadership practices that are more strongly associated with improvements in student achievement, Reeves provides explicit guidelines for how school leaders can improve their most critical leadership decisions by simultaneously engaging in three essential strategies: monitoring teaching and leadership practices, building high degrees of efficacy among staff members, and focusing on a smaller number of priorities. Finding Your Leadership Focus is essential reading for new and veteran principals, teacher leaders, and PLC book study groups.

Book Features:

  • Practical guidance to help school leaders at every level to focus on what is most important and to assess their progress.
  • Analysis correlating three years of student achievement data and specific school leadership practices.
  • Online video conference support by Douglas Reeves for book study groups and graduate classes who use this book.
  • Online downloads.

About the Author: Douglas B. Reeves is the founder of The Leadership and Learning Center, Englewood, Colorado ( He was named the Brock International Laureate for his contributions to education and received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Secondary School Principals.