"Novice teachers and principals, and even those with years of experience often bounce from one unpleasant shocker to another. Yet the unending challenges are predictable—if you can interpret the subtle clues. The purpose of this book is to help you decipher what is really going on in your school. The key to becoming a highly effective teacher or principal is to develop powerful habits of mind—profoundly practical ways of thinking about perplexing situations."
—From the Introduction
Powerful mental tools for navigating the complicated issues of everyday school life!
Ideal for new and experienced educators, this second edition of the bestseller presents dialogues between a novice and a master teacher and between a new and a seasoned principal to illuminate how reframing challenges can generate tremendous potential for classroom and school leadership. This updated edition provides leadership lesson summaries, solid strategies, and reflective questions that help teachers and principals grow in their practice through the use of four defining lenses:
- Political: individual versus group power
- Human resources: individual needs and motives
- Structural: clear goals and responsibilities
- Symbolic: culture, meaning, belief, and faith
The authors have revised the book in four primary ways: (1) They have made many changes to the narrative chapters to update the events and issues to align with contemporary issues in schools; (2) they have extensively edited those narrative chapters to deepen the story and improve the flow; (3) they have added two new "Leadership Lessons" interludes; (4) they have revised all of the Leadership Lessons interludes with new conceptual material and added a set of "Reflective Questions" to each. The reflective questions are intended to serve as guides both for individual reflection and for group discussion of the issues and events in the book.
The result is a book that is fully up to date with school issues in 2010, and provides the reader with a provocative and readable overview of key leadership issues in schools for teachers and principals.