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Updated Edition of Bestseller

Bringing Out the Best in Teachers
What Effective Principals Do

Third Edition


July 2008 | 176 pages | Corwin

"Reading this book is like having a conversation with several great colleagues sharing their ideas and expertise. The ideas and suggestions are clear, relevant, and doable. This book is inspiring!"
—Pam Newell Bradley, Principal
Irving Elementary School, Muskogee, OK

Teachers reveal how principals can empower them to perform their best!

What strategies do great principals use to influence teachers, students, and classroom instruction? This best-selling book by Joseph Blase and Peggy C. Kirby, now in its third edition, provides the answers from the teachers themselves.

New material in this revised edition compares the authors' original research findings with recent literature on transformational leadership, school productivity, and adult learning, as well as the ISLLC and ELCC standards. Such comparisons underscore the continued timeliness and timelessness of this teacher's-eye view of effective school leadership. The book offers strategies and related practices that allow leaders to

  • Use the power of praise
  • Influence others by using expectations and involvement
  • Encourage professional autonomy
  • Lead by standing behind
  • Suggest rather than direct
  • Use formal authority positively

Ideal for experienced or aspiring school principals, this enlightening and compact resource provides invaluable perspectives on how to motivate and inspire classroom teachers.


 
Foreword to the First Edition by Arthur Blumberg
 
Foreword to the Second Edition by Roland S. Barth
 
Foreword to the Third Edition by Jackie Daniilides
 
Preface to the Third Edition
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. Principals and Their Effectiveness
 
2. The Power of Praise
 
3. Influencing by Expecting
 
4. Influencing by Involving
 
5. Granting Professional Autonomy
 
6. Leading by Standing Behind
 
7. Gentle Nudges: Suggesting Versus Directing
 
8. Positive Use of Formal Authority
 
9. Mirrors to the Possible
 
10. Conclusions, Caveats, and Challenges
 
Resource A: Research Methods and Procedures
 
References
 
Index

"Reading this book is like having a conversation with several great colleagues sharing their ideas and expertise. The ideas and suggestions are clear, relevant, and doable. This book is inspiring!"

Pam Newell Bradley, Principal
Irving Elementary School, Muskogee, OK

"Blase and Kirby’s book serves as a constant reminder of the importance of improving and sustaining staff relations."

Lyndon Oswald, Principal
Sandcreek Middle School, Idaho Falls, ID

"Allows principals to make teachers feel appreciated and valued. The book includes everything you need to know about being a transformational leader in your school."

David Raleigh, Assistant Principal
Frankfort High School, KY

Using the text as supplemental course reading material.

Dr Bethney Bergh
School Of Education, Northern Michigan University
February 10, 2012
Key features

Easy-to-follow guidelines are included in each chapter. Strategies and related practices illustrate how to:

  • Use the power of praise
  • Influence by expecting and involving
  • Encourage professional autonomy
  • Lead by standing behind
  • Suggest rather than direct
  • Use formal authority positively

This new edition includes relevant research and literature about effective school leadership, including new figures comparing our findings with others on transformational leadership and new leadership standards.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword to the Third Edition

Preface to the Third Edition

Chapter 1


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