Small Shifts, Meaningful Improvement:
Collective Leadership Strategies for Schools and Districts.

Meaningful improvement in schools and districts is just small shifts away. How can administrators and teachers work together in ways that lead to significant—and sustained—improvement over time? How can schools accomplish this goal without adding to the work of overstretched educators? This practical guide answers these questions with recommendations for small, practical, powerful shifts that educators can make to their daily practice.

In Small Shifts, Meaningful Improvement, P. Ann Byrd, Alesha Daughtrey, Jonathan Eckert, and Lori Nazareno define collective leadership, a set of practices through which teachers and administrators work together to improve teaching, learning, and innovation. They explore the seven conditions of collective leadership and their corresponding shifts that, when effectively implemented, make a difference.


The process of exploring the fears that formal jargon can evoke can help us understand and release their hold on our thinking.

After reading Small Shifts, Meaningful Improvement assess your work to determine what might be the best starting point for leadership shifts toward a more collectively-led workplace.

The first step in determining the shifts needed in how time and schedules are structured is to determine how time is currently being used.

This self-assessment will give you a sense of where your team is with shared influence and is likely to generate ideas for how to strengthen this condition at your school/district.

The practice of collective leadership is intended not to be a program but to help you and your team make strategic sense of programs.

Inviting others into our practice allows us to see the work from a different perspective.

Communication, whether intentional or not, has an influence on how teams work together.

Collectively led shared vision is co-developed, co-implemented, and co-refined and benefits from the collective wisdom of the organization.

The Collective Leadership Conditions Matrix is designed to help school leaders analyze what conditions might be lacking in their school based on their observed results.

How can we help you connect the dots?