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The Principal: Creative Leadership for Excellence in Schoolsby Gerald C Ubben
Synopses & Reviews
This text is organized around the ELCC Standards and provides a bridge from the theory of school administration to the practical problem solving in which school principals and other leaders engage. The Principal is organized into four parts centered on the seven Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) Standards developed specifically for school leaders. Each of the four major parts of the book is framed with one or two of the Standards as its major theme. Now in its sixth edition, this text continues to be based on the research indicating linkages between educational leadership and productive schools, especially in terms of outcomes for children. It supports the understanding that formal leadership in schools is a complex, multi-faceted task that requires continual learning and that effective school leaders must be strong educators focused on the central issues of learning, teaching, and school improvement.
Book News Annotation:
Providing a bridge between the theory of school administration and the daily problem solving of school principles, this text for students of school administration is organized around the model standards of the Interstate Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC), and is based on research linking school leadership and school productivity. Enhancements for the fifth edition include an increased emphasis on the ISLLC standard's references to values of quality, care, renewal, and community. Ubben (U. of Tennessee) and co-authors cover topics including leadership as philosophy in action, institutional versus individual view of career, and setting realistic decision-making limits. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Table of Contents
All chapters conclude with “Summary,” “Activities,” “Endnotes,” and “Selected Readings.”
I. CREATING A VISION OF LEADERSHIP AND LEARNING.
1. The Principal: A Creative Blend of Substance and Style.
The School: The Context for Leadership.
The Principalship: The Role in Context.
The Principal: The Leader within the Role.
The Leadership Background.
2. The Learning Community.
High Performance Organizations.
3. Decision Processing and Decision Making at the School Site.
Decision Making: A Perspective.
Decision Making as Problem Solving.
The Work Group as a Problem Solving Unit.
Problem-Solving Work Groups.
The Garbage Can Model of Decision Making.
4. School Improvement through Systematic Planning.
The Principal's Role.
Gathering Baseline Data.
Determining Vision and Mission.
Clarifying Expectations for Student Learning.
Analysis of Instructional and Organizational Effectiveness.
Action Planning/Project Management.
The Project Calendar: Gantt Charting.
II. DEVELOPING A POSITIVE SCHOOL CULTURE.
5. Creating a Positive Learning Climate.
It's No Secret.
The School as a Culture.
Positive Student Control.
Actively Encouraging a Positive Learning Environment.
The Counseling Program.
6. The School Curriculum.
The Principal's Role in Curriculum Administration.
Curriculum Design and Development.
Curriculum Classification System.
A Curriculum Model.
Offering Curricular Breadth.
7. Promoting Student Achievement.
Individual Differences among Children.
Instructional Processes and Types of Instruction.
Research on Teaching.
8. Special Students and Special Services.
The 1997 Idea Amendments.
Special Education and Related Services.
Disciplining Students with Disabilities.
Dealing with Parents of Special Children.
The Role of the Principal.
The Role of the Regular Classroom Teacher.
Outside Public Agencies.
9. Human Resources Development.
Human Resource Development and Organizational Context.
Individual and Group Needs.
Personnel Evaluation and Supervision.
The Staff Evaluation Cycle.
Implications for Leaders.
III. MANAGING THE ORGANIZATION.
10. Staffing the School–Recruitment, Selection, and Termination Processes.
The Selection Process.
Employee Probationary Status.
11. Restructuring the Deployment of Instructional Personnel.
Organizing for Learning Community Development.
Staffing Patterns for Elementary and Middle Schools.
Staffing Patterns for Secondary Schools.
The School as a Learning Community.
12. Restructuring Time–Scheduling.
Learning Community Planning Time.
Elementary School Schedules.
Middle School Schedules.
Secondary School Schedules.
Block Schedules – Middle and High School.
13. Creative Budgeting, Fiscal Accounting, and Building Management.
The Budgeting and Planning Process.
Implementing a Planning, Programming, Budgeting System.
Accounting for Financial Resources and Expenditures.
Supplies and Equipment Management.
Care of the School Plant.
Working with Classified Personnel.
14. Technology Applications for School Management.
How to Get Started.
Technology Applications for a School Office.
Management Information Systems.
Local Area Networks (LAN).
World Wide Web (WWW).
Staff Development for Technology.
IV. INTERACTING WITH THE EXTERNAL SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT.
15. The School and the Community.
The School in the Complex Community: The Impact of the Gesselschaft Society.
Informal Community Forces.
Anticipate Obvious Flashpoints.
Formal Community Forces.
Promising Public Relations Techniques: Dealing with the Formal and Informal Forces.
Getting the Message Out: One-Way Public Relations Techniques.
Getting the Message Out and Back: Two-Way Public Relations Techniques.
16. Legal Rights and Responsibilities of Students and Staff.
Legal Bases for Schools: A Federal, State, and Local Perspective.
Issues of Equity.
First Amendment Rights.
Common Tort Liability Settings.
Privacy and Confidentiality of Student Records.
Appendix A: Case Studies in School Leadership and Management.
Appendix B: ELCC ISLLC Standards (1-7).
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