Knowledge Center | Publications

Results from district partners, as well as our research and policy work, have been featured in education-focused publications. We will continue to share our insights and findings with you on a regular basis.

Kerry Lord with copy of article in Kappan magazine


Equitable School Improvement
by Rydell Harrison & Isobel Stevenson
Published by Teachers College Press
Release Date: April 26, 2024
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Organizational Culture and Intelligent Failure: A Conversation with Isobel Stevenson
by Matt Renwick
Read by Example Podcast
December 23, 2023

A districtwide path to acceleration starts with teacher teams
by Isobel Stevenson
Published, June 2023, The Learning Professional

Teacher residency: Growing and diversifying the profession
by Violet Jiménez Sims, Kerry Lord, Marlene Megos, and Ushawnda Mitchell
Published May 1, 2023, Kappan

Making Coaching Matter
by Sarah L. Woulfin, Isobel Stevenson & Kerry Lord
Published by Teachers College Press
Release Date: April 28, 2023
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5 Guiding Questions Build a Strategic Approach to Leadership Coaching
by Sarah Birkeland, Richard Lemons, Isobel Stevenson, and Robert Villanova
Published April 2022, The Learning Professional, Vol. 43 No. 2
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The Strategy Playbook for Educational Leaders: Principles and Processes
by Isobel Stevenson and Jennie M. Weiner
Published 2021 by Routledge

Planning Strategically for a Post-COVID World
by Isobel Stevenson
Published April 8, 2021, ASCD, Vol. 16 No. 15
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Improvement routines: Research by and for practitioners
by Isobel Stevenson and Richard W. Lemons
Published March, 2021, Kappan
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Educator Stress Is a Leadership Challenge. Here’s What Leaders Can Do About It.
by Isobel Stevenson
Published March 2020, ASCD, Vol. 15  No. 13
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How School Leaders Create the Conditions for Effective Coaching
by Isobel Stevenson and Sarah Woulfin
Published November 2019, ASCD, Vol. 15  No. 6
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Petitioning the Board on Coaching’s Merits
by Isobel Stevenson
Published by School Administrator, September 2019
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Privilege games the system in K-12, too
by Richard Lemons
Published March 15, 2019, CT Mirror
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An Improvement Plan is Not Enough — You Need a Strategy
by Isobel Stevenson
Published March 2019, Phi Delta Kappan, Vol. 100 No. 6
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Executive Coaching for Superintendents: One Way for a Board to Protect Its Investment
by Isobel Stevenson
Published February 2019, The CABE Journal, Vol. 23 No. 2
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2018 CABE/CAPSS Convention Presentations:
Executive Coaching for Superintendents
Designing Our Districts with the End In Mind

I Am Shakespeare Movie Facilitation Guide
by Kerry Lord
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What a Question Can Accomplish
by Isobel Stevenson
Published June 2017, The Learning Professional, Vol. 38 No. 3
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Leading for Capacity and Coherence – District Capacity and Coherence Framework
by LEAD Connecticut
January 2016
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Turn Effective Practice Into Common Practice
by Richard W. Lemons and Isobel Stevenson
Published October 2015, Learning Forward, Vol. 36 No. 5
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Improving Schools From Within
by Sarah Birkeland, Richard W. Lemons, and Isobel Stevenson
Published June 25, 2015, ASCD Express, Vol. 10 Issue. 20
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Effective Family and Community Engagement Strategies:
Report Prepared for LEAD Connecticut

By Hanover Research Associates
Published 2014
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Partners at Every Level:
From the Classroom to the Boardroom,
Consultants Work Toward District’s Goals

By Andrew Lachman and Steven Wlodarczyk
Published February 11, 2011, JSD, Vol. 32. No. 1
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Developing Instructional Leaders
By Andrew Lachman, Richard W. Lemons, Margaret Terry Orr and Monica Byrne-Jimenez
Published Fall 2009, VUE, Annenberg Institute for School Reform
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Improving Student Learning Requires District Learning
By Robert Rothman
Published September 2009, Kappan
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Prior to 2009

Change Leadership: A Practical Guide to Transforming Our Schools
by Tony Wagner, Robert Kegan, Lisa Laskow Lahey, Richard W. Lemons, Jude Garnier, Deborah Helsing, Annie Howell, Harriette Thurber Rasmussen, Tom Vander Ark (Foreword by)
Published December 2005 by Wiley

In Search of Quality: Recruiting, Hiring and Supporting Teachers
By Robert Reichardt and Michael Arnold, with Jane Tedder
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Overwhelmed and Out: Principals, Policy and Teacher Retention
By Robert Reichardt, Ravay Snow, Jodi Schlang and Kelly Hupfeld
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The Long Climb: School District Human Capital Development Systems
By Robert Reichardt, Mark Fermanich and Jodi Schlang
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