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Building a Distributed Leadership Model for Systemic Change and Sustainability in an MSP Middle School Science Project

Abstract

"This session will explore a model for building distributed leadership capacity to support scaling and sustaining of middle school science MSP project. We will share structures and processes developed for systemic change and distributed leadership. Research shows that leaders primarily exert their influence by setting directions for school improvement, cultivating shared goals and norms, developing human capacity, and modifying structures to create conditions to support student achievement (Leithwood and Riehl 2005). IMSS has cultivated leadership teams from each of our ten districts to partner with project staff in building shared goals, setting a clear direction and building capacity of teachers and administrators to support systemic K12 improvements in science education as part of our MSP project."

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