Book Review – The Principal as Instruction Leader in Literacy

Although this book was published in 2009, I still believe it is a good read for school administrators and academic instructional coaches.

Journalist Emily Hanford’s podcast “Sold a Story” put literacy front and center. Literacy instruction is the responsibility of all adults especially school adminstrators.

I had the joy of reading this book again but with two administrators I highly respect. We had good conversation about literacy and how to make some leaps forward.

Leaders who aren’t readers aren’t good leaders.

It might not be fun reading about research or diving into best practices but many times teachers don’t have the time to sift through all that information. School administrators should have a working knowledge of best practices they want their teachers to implement.

Each chapter of the book ends with a summary to recap key points. Within some chapters are surveys and activities school leaders can do to improve literacy in their buildings.

I know some will argue that there are better books now. However, we do not have to ignore gems in older books.

Rating: 4/5

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