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Reframing the Path to School Leadership

Reframing the Path to School Leadership
A Guide for Teachers and Principals

Second Edition
Edited by:

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Leadership | Mentoring | Principalship

March 2010 | 176 pages | Corwin

Leadership Solutions

"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
About the Authors
Part I. A Pair of Rookies
1. A New Teacher’s First Day
2. Getting Off on the Right Foot
3. A New Principal Finds a Wise Friend
Leadership Lessons I: Surmounting Entry Barriers
Part II: The Political Frame
4. The Old Guard and the New Principal
5. The Tracking Wars: School Politics at Work
Leadership Lessons II: Scoping, Mastering and Mapping the Political Terrain
Part III: The Human Resource Frame
6. Sagging Morale
Leadership Lessons III: Building Relationships and Empowering Yourself
Part IV: The Structural Frame
7. Student Discipline: Who’s Really in Charge?
8. Standards and Accountability
Leadership Lessons IV: Coping With Reform
Part V: The Symbolic Frame
9. The End of the Year: Symbols and Culture in Schools
10. “I’m Just a Great Teacher!”
Leadership Lessons V: Celebrating Values and Culture
Part VI: Values, Ethics, and Spirit
11. Teaching and Leading: Finding a Balance
12. A Talk About Values
Leadership Lessons VI: Problems and Dilemmas
Part VII: The Torch is Passed
13. The Essence of Teaching: Leaving a Legacy
14. Passing the Torch: The Beat Goes On
Leadership Lessons VII: The Enduring Sequence
Annotated Bibliography

"The leadership skills highlighted are practical and helpful and are applied to specific situations that have been clearly outlined."

Randy Cook, Chemistry/Physics Teacher
Tri County High School, Morley, MI

“Destined to be a classic in its own right, this book offers readers insights into the realities of teaching and leading schools that are at once refreshing, insightful, and practical. A quick, enjoyable read that encourages deep reflection for best practice.”

Jeffrey Glanz, Silverstein Chair in Professional Ethics & Values
Yeshiva University

“Bolman and Deal's book is profoundly important text for those learning to lead, principal and teacher alike. The authors have presented richly crafted examples of life in the school, both from the teacher and the principal perspective, and introduces the reader to the fundamental principles of leadership. The narratives offer an authentic, real-world picture of learning to lead that takes into account all those individuals most directly implicated in and impacted by leadership at the school level."

Patricia M. Jenlink, Professor of Educational Leadership
Stephen F. Austen State University

"This book reads like a story—once I started, I had a hard time putting it down. How often do we say that about a book on education?”

Loukea N. Kovanis-Wilson, Chemistry Instructor
Clarkston High School, MI

"I find Reframing the Path to School Leadership to be a most exceptional transition text for those individuals who are in the teaching profession and are in the process of earning their principal certification. The text effectively bridges the gap between being a teacher and becoming an administrator. I have regularly used this text in an introductory course to school administration and have done so with great success. The students appreciate the cast of characters developed by Bolman and Deal as each easily relates to and strongly resembles real individuals encountered in the field of practice!"

Richard Sorenson, Author
The Principal's Guide to Time Management

This course was designed for current education professionals which included classroom teachers, counselors, administrators, etc. This book was able to provide a framework of what is required for school leadership.

Professor Ashlye Rumph-Geddis
Early Childhood, Midlands Technical College
February 16, 2012

Great Book! My students love it. One graduate student said it was the best book she had read in her entire graduate career.

Professor Charles Long
Curriculum Instruction Dept, Tennessee Technological University
January 28, 2011

used for classes, summer & fall

Dr Brian Clark
Educational Admin Dept, Oakland University
October 30, 2010

Used for summer and fall class

Dr Brian Clark
Educational Admin Dept, Oakland University
October 30, 2010
Key features
  • 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

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.

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