Customer Service
Cart Total: $0.00

District Leadership That Works

Striking the Right Balance

District Leadership That Works

Publisher: Solution Tree
Publication date: April 14, 2009

Page count: 176

In stock


Canadian Customers Click Here

Bridge the great divide between distanced administrative duties and daily classroom impact. This book introduces a top-down power mechanism called defined autonomy, a concept that focuses on district-defined, nonnegotiable, common goals and a system of accountability supported by assessment tools. Defined autonomy creates an effective balance of centralized direction and individualized empowerment that allows building-level staff the stylistic freedom to respond quickly and effectively to student failure.


  • Initiate second-order change to promote student achievement.
  • Set nonnegotiable district-defined goals for achievement and instruction through a collaborative process with stakeholders.
  • Create defined autonomy that allows teachers creative freedom while ensuring student achievement.
  • Monitor progress through formative assessment tools.
  • Counteract any resistance to second-order change.

Additional Info

Product Code: BKF314

ISBN: 9781935249191

There are currently no reviews for this product.

Write Your Own Review

How do you rate this product?

  1 star 2 stars 3 stars 4 stars 5 stars
Strategies are practical and easy to use
Research is up-to-date and informative
Ideas and theories are clearly explained

“Bob Marzano and Tim Waters have made sense of a vast amount of research on the impact of school leadership at the district level. They have proven that clear direction and focused leadership through ‘defined autonomy’ have a positive impact on student achievement. Marzano and Waters have an uncanny ability to translate theory into action, and they have done it again in District Leadership That Works. This book can guide the ongoing efforts at the district level to support the work going on in schools.”

Bill Harrison, chairman and CEO, State Board of Education and the Public Schools of North Carolina