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School Climate

Leading With Collective Efficacy

By: Peter M. DeWitt

Centered on staff efficacy, this resource presents discussion questions, vignettes, strategies, and action steps to improve school climate, community stakeholder engagement, and, ultimately, student growth.

Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506385990
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2017
  • Page Count: 232
  • Publication date: August 10, 2017

Price: $39.95

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Build a positive school climate to impact students, teachers, and the community!


Is improving school climate on your to-do list? Do you think about it as a top-down directive or as a dialogue to build equity within the school? A healthy school environment should never be seen as an option, but instead supported as a must-have.


Peter DeWitt offers leaders practical high impact strategies to improve school climate, deepen involvement in student learning, and engage a broader family network. In addition to international vignettes focused on community stakeholders and research-based practices, this book features tools such as:

•  A leadership growth cycle to help leaders build their self-efficacy

•  A teacher observation cycle centered on building collective efficacy

•  An early warning system to identify potential at-risk students

•  Action steps following each chapter to apply to your own setting

•  Discussion questions for use in team environments


Establishing a supportive and inclusive school climate where professionals can take risks to improve the lives of students is vital to maximize learning in any school community.

"This is a fabulous book by a renowned expert in the field of leadership. Peter DeWitt explains the complex and credible in a way that is thought-provoking, challenging and inspiring. I love how he gives insights in what successful collaborative leadership is and shows how we can all build our skills and mindset for leading towards collective efficacy."

—James Nottingham, Challenging Learning author and creator of #TheLearningPit

JN Partnership LTD, Northumberland, United Kingdom



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Peter M. DeWitt

Peter M. DeWitt, EdD is a former K–5 teacher (eleven years) and princi­pal (eight years). He is a school leader­ship coach who runs competency-based workshops and provides keynotes nationally and internationally, focus­ing on school leadership (collaborative cultures and instructional leadership), as well as fostering inclusive school climates.

Additionally, Peter coaches school-based leaders, directors, instructional coaches, teacher leaders, and school-based leadership teams both in per­son and remotely. In summer 2021 Peter created a yearlong on-demand asynchronous coaching course through Thinkific where he has fostered a community of learners that includes K–12 educators in leadership positions.

Peter’s work has been adopted at the state and university level, and he works with numerous school districts, school boards, regional networks, and ministries of education around North America, Australia, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the UK.

Peter writes the “Finding Common Ground” column for Education Week, which has been in circulation since 2011. In 2020 Peter co-created Education Week’s “A Seat at the Table” series, where he moderates con­versations with experts around the topics of race, gender, sexual orienta­tion, research, trauma, and many other educational topics.

Additionally, Peter is the editor for the Connected Educator series (Corwin) and the Impact series (Corwin), which include books by Viviane Robinson, Andy Hargreaves, Pasi Sahlberg, Yong Zhao, and Michael Fullan. He is the 2013 School Administrators Association of New York State’s (SAANYS) Outstanding Educator of the Year and the 2015 Education Blogger of the Year (Academy of Education Arts & Sciences), and he sits on numerous advisory boards. Peter is the author, co-author, or contributor of numerous books, including the following:

· Dignity for All: Safeguarding LGBT Students (Corwin, 2012)

· School Climate Change (co-authored with Sean Slade; ASCD, 2014)

· Flipping Leadership Doesn’t Mean Reinventing the Wheel (Corwin, 2014)

· Collaborative Leadership: Six Influences That Matter Most (Corwin/Learning Forward, 2016)

· School Climate: Leading With Collective Teacher Efficacy (Corwin/Ontario Principals Council, 2017)

· Coach It Further: Using the Art of Coaching to Improve School Leadership (Corwin, 2018)

· Instructional Leadership: Creating Practice Out of Theory (Corwin, 2020)

· 10 Mindframes for Leaders: The Visible Learning Approach to School Success (edited by John Hattie and Ray Smith; Corwin, 2020)

· Collective Leader Efficacy: Strengthening the Impact of Instructional Leadership Teams (Corwin/Learning Forward, 2021)

Peter’s articles have appeared in educational research journals at the state, national, and international level. His books have been translated into four languages.

Some of the organizations Peter has worked with are the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), Arkansas State University, EDUTAS, University of Oklahoma, Victoria Department of Education (Australia), University of Rotterdam (Netherlands), Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), the National Education Association (NEA), New Brunswick Teacher’s Association (Canada), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), Education Scotland (Scotland), Glasgow City Council (Scotland), Kuwait Technical College (Kuwait), the National Association of School Psychologists, ASCD, l’Association des directions et directions adjointes des écoles franco-ontariennes (ADFO), the Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario (CPCO), the Ontario Principals’ Council (OPC), National School Climate Center, GLSEN, PBS, NPR, BAM Radio Network, ABC, and NBC’s Education Nation.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



About the Author

Introduction: A Tale of Two Leaders

     Meet Tim

     Meet Trudy

     Leadership and School Climate

Chapter 1. What Is Collaborative Leadership?

     The Hattie Effect

     The Importance of Self-Efficacy

     In Pursuit of Collaboration

     What the Research Says

     Collaborative Leadership Framework

     Collaborative Leadership Growth Cycle

     In the End

Chapter 2. School Climate: Setting Up a Safe Space to Collaborate

     Why Does School Climate Matter?

     Collaborative Leadership Framework for Teachers

     Solving the Issues: Collaboration in Action

     In the End

Chapter 3. Climate Change: Raising Student Self-Efficacy

     Social-Emotional Learning

     Minoritized Populations

     The Early Warning System (EWS)

     Using the Early Warning System

     A Warning About the EWS

     In the End

Chapter 4. Increasing Teacher Self-Efficacy

     The Cycle of Collaborative Teacher Observation: A Review

     Professional Learning and Development (PLD)

     Teacher Leaders and School Climate

     Building Collective Efficacy Through Collaborative Inquiry

     Classroom Climate

     In the End

Chapter 5. Building Collective Efficacy With Families

     What Do We Expect From Families?

     Family Engagement Communication

     Do We Openly Listen to Families?

     In the End

Chapter 6. Building Our Own Self-Efficacy

     A Tale of Two Leaders

     What’s Your Mindset?

     How Do Leaders Increase Their Own Self-Efficacy?

     In the End


     Collaborative Leadership Reflection Tool

     Faculty Meeting Exit Ticket

     Teacher Efficacy Scale (Short Form)

     Collective Teacher Efficacy Scale

     Leadership Self-Efficacy Scale