Conversations with Principals: Issues, Values, and Politics
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BeschreibungThe book orients and prepares aspiring and practicing administrators to be more effective in dealing with real and practical issues and problems in schools. It is a succinct, problem focused, oral history of issues articulated by newly hired and experience administrators as they consider their decisions. It reflects the honest introspections of practicing administrators, and is unique and original in its approach. It both reinforces existing knowledge and introduces new ideas and insights. Paramount to the information conveyed is the style in which it is presented. By examining leadership issues through the actual words of school leaders, Conversations with Principals distinguishes itself from other leadership material. The text lends itself to a Socratic style of teaching, making it is easy to discuss the issues and themes presented in an open-ended format whereby students exchange ideas and engage in the activities of questioning and analyzing administrative behavior and action. Each oral account is prefaced by contextualizing information about the school leader and the demographics of his or her school. Following each interview there is an analysis of the case, as well as a section with questions and activities for students to complete.
The Role of the Principal
Connecting the Principal to the Reader
How the Principal Interviews were formulated
Organization of the Book
Connecting Across Interviews
Matrix of Principal Interviews
PART 1: ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Chapter 1: Changing the School Culture
Chapter 2: Personal and Professional Belief Systems
Chapter 3: Maintaining Stability and History
Chapter 4: Social Exchange and Power
Chapter 5: The Lens of Decision-Making
PART 2: MIDDLE SCHOOL
Chapter 6: Leadership Focus and Planning
Chapter 7: Evaluation and the Political Arena
Chapter 8: Students in Transition
PART 3: HIGH SCHOOL
Chapter 9: Perceptions and Assumptions
Chapter 10: Addressing Organizational and Personal Needs
Chapter 11: Group Dynamics and Multi-Nationalism
PART 4: NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND
Chapter 12: A Principal's Approach to NCLB
Chapter 13: A Superintendent's Perspective on NCLB
Readings and Resources
PortraitDr. Andrew Dubin is Professor of Educational Administration in the Department of Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies (DAIS) in the College of Education at San Francisco State University. He received his Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate School and has worked as teacher, Dean of Discipline and Grade Advisor in New York City, abroad as a teacher and drama specialist at Colegio Nueva Granada in Bogota, Colombia, South America, and as a Principal and Superintendent for the International School in Lahore, Pakistan. In 1994, he was Headmaster for the International American School in Rome, Italy. He is published nationally and internationally, has worked as an Educational Consultant, Lecturer at California State University, Fullerton and Program Coordinator in Educational Administration at University of California at Irvine. He also directed a teacher training program for returning Peace Corps Volunteers at SFSU. Dr. Dubin has developed the Educational Administration Leadership Institutes in San Francisco, San Mateo County and is currently directing the Marin County Leadership Institute.
Pressestimmen"The preparation of educational leaders is a daunting yet crucial undertaking. This synthesis of a few of the principal interviews conducted and analyzed in Conversations with Principals: Issues, Values and Politics provides an enlightening window into their professional experiences, lives and decision-making approaches. These conversations connect and, almost through osmosis, mentor the aspiring educational leaders to understand the demands, complexity and impact of school leadership. Through these principals' 'inner voices,' candidates can become more sensitized and prepared to assume decision-making roles in our K-12 schools."
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: SAGE PUBN
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 2006
Seitenanzahl: 295 Seiten