From Good Schools to Great Schools What Their Principals Do Well

ISBN-10: 1412948991

ISBN-13: 9781412948999

Edition: 2008

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From Good Schools to Great Schools reflects the leadership concepts presented in James C. Collins' influential book, Good to Great , and explores how Collins' research and identified effective leadership characteristics can be applied to the public school arena. Susan P. Gray and William A. Streshly show how educators can rethink the way principals are trained and illustrate how to incorporate key leadership qualities into administrative preparation curriculum and ongoing professional development for principals. The book focuses on the specific leadership qualities of school principals that positively affect student achievement and meet school improvement mandates and presents profiles of six successful principals that demonstrate how to actualize these qualities in practice.
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List price: $35.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 2/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

William Streshly, Ph.D. is Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University, and has had over forty years of experience as an educator.

Susan Penny Gray, PhD has been an educator for more than 40 years in Indiana and California, including 15 years as Director of Curriculum Services for the San Marcos Unified School District in San Marcos, California and 7 years as a member of the Educational Leadership faculty at San Diego State University. During her tenure as Director of Curriculum Services she was responsible for the development, implementation, and maintenance of exemplary programs recognized throughout California in Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics, History-Social Science, and Science for grades K through 12. She was also responsible for effective teacher and principal support strategies that during the years under her direction evolved into a powerful system of coaches and facilitators of staff development. Dr. Gray has walked the talk in helping principals become truly effective instructional leaders. Her insights give down to earth, practical meaning to the research discussed in this book. Dr. Gray serves on the San Diego State University (SDSU) Educational Administration Preparation Programs Advisory Committee. In her capacity on this committee and as a current member of the faculty of the Educational Leadership Department in the School of Education at SDSU, she has assisted in implementing changes in that school’s administration preparation program. She has designed and currently teaches an administrative course on instructional improvement through evaluation and supervision. In this course students participate in a walk-through supervision practicum, formal evaluation exercises, and the design of teacher and administrator evaluation systems. In addition, Dr. Gray teaches and coordinates the advanced administrator credentialing program at SDSU and supervises the fieldwork for administrative credential candidates at all levels. In addition to her involvement with the faculty of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University, Dr. Gray serves as an officer on the Board of Directors of California Curriculum Management Systems, Incorporated (CalCMSi). She is certified to train administrators and teachers in Conducting Walk-Throughs for Higher Student Achievement and has implemented this training in several states across the country. She has also served as an external evaluator of schools and is a certified School Assistance Intervention Team leader for the State of California. She received curriculum management audit training from the California Curriculum Management Audit Center in Burlingame, California, in 1998. Since then she has served on school district audits in California, Washington, Texas, Ohio, Arizona, Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania. She has also served on academic achievement teams conducting comprehensive on-site assessments of the educational operations of school and community college districts in California. Dr. Gray earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her master’s degree from San Diego State University. In 2006, she received a doctoral degree in educational leadership through the Claremont Graduate University/San Diego State University Joint Doctoral Program.

List of Figures and Tables
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
We Know What to Do, so Why Do We Fail?
The "Good to Great" Research Project
Leadership Characteristics of Level 5 Executives
Leadership Behaviors of Level 5 Executives
Two Behaviors From the Collins Study
Great School Executives Build Relationships
The School Principals in Our Study
Leadership Qualities Exhibited
Reflection
First, Build Relationships
A Behavior Different From the Behaviors of the Level 5 Executive
Mr. Bond and Field Elementary School
Highly Successful Principals and Building Relationships
Comparison Principals and Building Relationships
Reflection
Suggestions for Principals
Exercise Your Professional Will, but Stay Humble
Issues With Identifying Personal Humility in School Principals
Personal Humility: The Evidence Differs
Shy and Self-Effacing Leaders
Unreserved and Enthusiastic Leaders
Comparison Principals
Reflection
Suggestions for Principals
Credit Others, Accept the Blame
Additional Data for Compelling Modesty
Evidence for Sustainability of Greatness
Evidence for Compelling Modesty
Mr. Unpretentious and Bay View Elementary School
Highly Successful Principals and Compelling Modesty
Comparison Principals and Compelling Modesty
Reflection
Suggestions for Principals
Be Ambitious First for the School's Success
Ambition for the Success of the School Is Key
Ms. Aspiration and Mission Elementary School
Highly Successful Principals and Ambition for the School's Success
Comparison Principals and Ambition for the School's Success
Reflection
Suggestions for Principals
Resolve to Do What Needs Doing . . . Then Do It!
Application of Unwavering Resolve to Schools
Ms. Persevere and Mountain High Elementary School
Comparison Principals and Resolve
Reflection
Suggestions for Principals
Get the Right People on the Bus
School Leaders' Difficulties in Getting the Right People
An Example of Getting the Right People
Highly Successful Principals and "First Who . . . Then What"
Comparison Principals and "First Who . . . Then What"
Reflection
Suggestions for Principals
Confront the Brutal Facts
Schools Face Challenges
Brutal Facts Tackled by the Principals in Our Study
Highly Successful Principals and Confronting the Brutal Facts
Comparison Principals and Confronting the Brutal Facts
Reflection
Suggestions for Principals
Know What Drives Your Educational Engine and Be Passionate About It
Academics Take Issue
Our Term: Educational Engine
Mr. Focus and Pines Elementary School
Highly Successful Principals and the Hedgehog Concept
Comparison Principals and the Hedgehog Concept
Reflection
Suggestions for Principals
Build a Culture of Discipline
The Concept Is Not New
Difficulties in Achieving a Culture of Discipline
Ms. Discipline and Eagle Elementary School
Highly Successful Principals and a Culture of Discipline
Comparison Principals and a Culture of Discipline
Reflection
Suggestions for Principals
Know Commonalities and Differences Between Public Schools and the Private Sector
Disparities Between Public Schools and the Private Sector
What We Have Learned From the Research on Leadership
Reflection
Suggestions for Principals
Support Research-Based Principal Preparation
The ISLLC Standards
The Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning
In Search of Excellence
Beware of Business Norms
Administrator Preparation Program Reform
A Final Comment
Reflection
Suggestions for Architects of Principal Preparation Programs
Research Methodology
Interview Participant Selection
Principal Interview Questions Derived From Collins' (2001) CEO Interview Questions and Demographic Questionnaire
References
Suggested Readings
Index
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