What It Means to Be a Principal : Your Guide to Leadership

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What It Means to Be a Principal : Your Guide to Leadership

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 188 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780761921578
  • DDC分類 371.2012

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The purpose of this book is to help the reader make the important decision about whether or not you should pursue the principalship. Following an actual principal's first year, the chapters of this book present some of the most critical issues that you are likely to face as a principal. You will need to think about your personal values, exactly what types of jobs in educational administration appeal to you, and how you will personally define such major issues as the nature of administration and leadership. You will also be challenged to think how it will feel to be designated as the person with legal and formal authorityntrol of a school, and how you will deal with the inevitability of conflict as part of your life. Finally, you will be expected to review how you will cope with the fact that, as the leader of a public school, you will need to determine how to best serve the needs of a wide variety of actors who regularly seek control.

Table of Contents

Preface                                            vii
Acknowledgments ix
About the Author x
Introduction to the Journey 1 (16)
What Do Beginning Principals Need? 2 (1)
Do Beginning Principals Feel Ready to Lead? 3 (4)
Beginning Principals' Critical Skills 7 (2)
The Current Field of Administration 9 (3)
Another Perspective 12 (2)
Summary 14 (2)
Suggested Activities 16 (1)
Personal Philosophies to Guide Action 17 (19)
The Value of Clarifying Personal Assumptions 19 (1)
Developing a Personal Educational Philosophy 19 (2)
Individual Action Planning 21 (11)
Reflective Practice and the Action Plan 32 (2)
Summary 34 (1)
Suggested Activities 34 (2)
Building-Level Administrators 36 (19)
Building-Level Administrative Jobs 38 (15)
Summary 53 (1)
Suggested Activities 53 (1)
Additional Reading 54 (1)
Superintendents and Central Office 55 (20)
Administrators
Central Office Administrators 56 (3)
Superintendents 59 (13)
Summary 72 (1)
Suggested Activities 73 (1)
Additional Reading 73 (2)
Differing Views of Administration 75 (18)
Alternative Historical Perspectives 76 (8)
Current Perspectives 84 (7)
Summary 91 (1)
Suggested Activities 92 (1)
Additional Readings 92 (1)
Visions of Leadership 93 (22)
Alternative Definitions 94 (2)
Descriptive Versus Normative Views 96 (1)
Historical Development of Leadership 96 (11)
Emerging Leadership Perspectives 107(4)
General Comments About Leadership 111(1)
Summary 112(1)
Suggested Activities 113(1)
Additional Readings 114(1)
What It Means to Be in Charge 115(9)
Alternative Definitions 116(2)
Characteristics of Power 118(2)
Compliance Theory 120(1)
Characteristics of Authority 121(1)
Implications for Someone Becoming an 122(1)
Administrator
Summary 123(1)
Suggested Activities 123(1)
Conflict as Part of the Job 124(12)
What Is Conflict? 125(2)
Sources and Types of Conflict 127(5)
Conflict-Handling Styles 132(2)
Summary 134(1)
Suggested Activities 135(1)
Additional Readings 135(1)
Who Runs the Schools? 136(15)
Teachers' Groups 137(3)
Parents and Community Groups 140(4)
School Boards 144(5)
Summary 149(1)
Suggested Activities 149(1)
Additional Readings 150(1)
Frustrations of Leadership 151(15)
Major Challenges 152(1)
Frustrations of Principals 153(11)
Summary 164(1)
Suggested Activities 164(1)
Additional Readings 164(2)
Keeping the Journey Alive 166(11)
Principal Professional Development 167(1)
Administrator Inservice 167(4)
Personal Learning 171(4)
Summary 175(1)
Suggested Activities 175(1)
Additional Readings 176(1)
References 177(6)
Index 183