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A Leadership Framework for School Wide Sustained GrowthMark Cerutti – Director of Secondary Education Elk Grove Unified School District in collaboration with the California Academic Partnership Program (CAPP)

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“The number one distinguishing factor in visionary organizations is that they operate from a core ideology, that includes core values.” James Collins – Good to Great

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Effective Leadership Must:

Have an explicit “making a difference” sense of purpose

Use strategies that mobilize many people to tackle tough problems

Be held accountable by measured indicators of success, and

Be ultimately assessed by the extent to which it awakens people’s intrinsic commitment, their sense of moral purpose.

- Adapted from Leading in a Culture of Change, Michael Fullan, 2001

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Distributed Leadership, in which formal leaders widely distribute leadership responsibilities among various groups in the organization, plays a crucial role in generating school reform and instructional improvement.

Richard Elmore

Building a New Structure for School Leadership

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“Whatever one’s style, every leader, to be effective, must have and work on his or her moral purpose.

Moral purpose cannot just be stated; it must be accompanied by strategies for realizing it. Those strategies are the leadership actions that energize people to pursue a desired goal.

- Adapted from Leading in a Culture of Change, Michael Fullan, 2001

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“Financial responses alone won’t ultimately safeguard our economic and social well-being. Substantial, strategic investments in education are essential to our long-term prosperity and to our success as a democracy. We cannot just bail ourselves out of this crisis. We must teach our way out.”

    • Linda Darling-Hammond (2010)
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What are you doing, how did you decide to do it, and how do you know it’s the right thing to be doing and right time to be doing it?

How do you determine –

What to do?

Who should do it?

When it should be done?

What are the risks of doing it?

What are the risks of not doing it?

visionary leaders must have a methodology by which they can
Visionary Leaders must have a methodology by which they can:
  • Make the complex appear simple
  • Empower the individual
  • Harness collective intelligence
  • Develop and distribute authentic leadership
  • Forecast positive and negative influences on the organization
  • Determine when it is best to replicate or create

A leadership framework is needed to guide decision

making that results in sustained growth for the organization.

characteristics of a sustained growth model
Characteristics of a Sustained Growth Model

All decisions emanate from the school’s Mission and Core Values

Five integrated key elements of leadership focus

A balanced focus on essential processes/systems and people

the flexibility of the model is key
The flexibility of the model is key

Fitting a school’s unique environmental and organizational characteristics into the model

Not losing sight of the five key elements

Evaluating the school’s present condition and the level of leadership required for each key element

understanding sustained growth
Understanding Sustained Growth

Growth is not linear

There will be growth spurts

There will be growth delays or declines

There will be expected and unexpected growth inhibitors (from within and outside the organization)

There will be expected and unexpected growth enhancers

How do you ensure your strategic, leadership decisions, result in the highest probability for growth?

the sustained growth model enables you to
The Sustained growth model enables you to:

Accurately predict points of delayed growth

Efficiently and accurately identify barriers to continued growth

Replicate or originate best practices to overcome barriers

Minimize the duration of the growth delay or decline

Maximize the duration of steady growth

embedding the sustained growth model into the school s organizational culture results in
Embedding the Sustained Growth Model into the school’s organizational culture results in:

Improve organizational readiness

Improved organizational resiliency

A deeper understanding of correlations between actions and results

Expanded and distributed leadership

Predicted success vs. blind luck

key elements of leadership for sustained growth1
Key Elements of Leadership for Sustained Growth

Acquiring the information specific to each of the five elements allows one to know about this leadership framework

Understanding the relationships between and influences among the five elements, allows one to put this leadership framework to use