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Unpacking the Challenges of Leadership at the School and District Level


by Kenneth Leithwood & Nona A. Prestine — 2002

This chapter consists of two main sections. The first section reviews what we know about the challenges facing leaders in highly accountable contexts and the nature of productive responses on their part. This review encompasses both theoretical and empirical literatures, and most of it is specifically focused on school-level leadership. While little evidence has been reported about district-level leadership in accountability-oriented contexts, such leadership appears to be central to success. The second main section of the chapter reports a case study of an exemplary district’s efforts to make the most of large-scale reform initiated in the state of Illinois.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 101, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 9, 2002, p. 42-64
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18657, Date Accessed: 7/22/2017 2:39:54 PM

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  • Kenneth Leithwood
    University of Toronto
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    KENNETH LEITHWOOD is the Associate Dean of Research at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.
  • Nona Prestine
    Pennsylvania State University
    NONA A. PRESTINE is a Professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at Pennsylvania State University.
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