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Reframing the Path to School Leadership
The third edition of the best-seller features new discussion of morale, current standards and rubrics, alternatives to top-down mandates, and hope, faith, and parental involvement.
- Grade Level: PreK-12
- ISBN: 9781544338613
- Published By: Corwin
- Year: 2018
- Page Count: 208
- Publication date: October 10, 2018
The indispensable leadership companion—updated and more relevant than ever!
Part leadership manual, part short novel, this unique best-seller uses dialogues between a novice and a master teacher and between a new and a seasoned principal to illuminate how the simple act of viewing a problem through different lenses—political, human resources, structural, or symbolic—can reveal better options and solutions.
Featuring reflective questions and solid strategies for meeting real-life challenges, the third edition also includes
- New views on building morale in challenging times
- A revamped discussion of mandates, standards, and rubrics
- A celebration of educators as skilled professionals
- Expanded conversations about hope, faith, and parental involvement
Sometimes all it takes to solve a problem is to reframe it by listening to wise advice from a trusted mentor.
- Uses storytelling to illustrate the mental tools necessary for decoding the confusing and messy terrain of everyday life in schools
- Provides an optimistic view of what can go right in schools, i.e., positive potential for classroom and school leadership—even within the context of today's climate of heightened accountability
- Covers the challenges faced by new and seasoned teachers and principals in achieving a balance between their personal and professional lives
- Includes stories that look at schools through four key frames: a political frame, to consider how individuals and groups jockey for power and work with limited resources; a human resource frame, to highlight the importance of individual needs and motives; a structural frame, to examine the importance of clear goals and roles; and a symbolic frame, to explore the importance of culture, meaning, belief, and faith within the school.
- Provides Leadership Lessons, Reflections, and Applications at the end of each chapter to encourage further thought and action on the lessons within each interwoven story
Table of Contents
About the Authors
PART I: A PAIR OF ROOKIES
1. A New Teacher’s First Day
2. Getting Off on the Wrong Foot
3. Newcomers Find Wise Friends
Leadership Lessons I: Seeing and Solving Entry Barriers
PART II: THE POLITICAL GA
4. The Old Guard and New Principal
5. The Inclusion Wars: School Politics
Leadership Lessons II: Mapping and Mastering the Political Terrain
PART III: THE HUMAN RESOURCE LENS
6. Sagging Morale
Leadership Lessons III: Build Relationships and Empower Yourself
PART IV: THE STRUCTURAL FRAME
7. Student Discipline: Who’s Really in Charge?
8. Standards and Rubrics
Leadership Lessons IV: Align Structure With the Work
PART V: THE SYMBOLIC FRAME: BELIEVING IS SEEING
9. Changing the Guard
10. Building Confidence and Faith
11. “I’m Just a Great Teacher!”
Leadership Lessons V: Celebrate Values and Culture
PART VI: VALUES, ETHICS, AND SPIRIT
12. Teaching and Leading: Finding a Balance
13. It’s All About Values and Beliefs
Leadership Lessons VI: Problems and Dilemmas
PART VII: THE CYCLE CONTINUES
14. The Essence of Teaching: Leaving a Legacy
15. Loss . . . and Celebration
16. Passing the Torch
Leadership Lessons VII: The Enduring Sequence