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Bringing Out the Best in Teachers What Effective Principals Do

ISBN-10: 1412965209
ISBN-13: 9781412965200
Edition: 3rd 2009
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Description: "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  More...

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Book details

Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 7/23/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

"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.

Peggy C. Kirby is a former professor of educational leadership and foundations, university research professor, and endowed professor for school improvement at the University of New Orleans, where she taught graduate courses in research and school leadership. She is a certified teacher and program evaluator in the state of Louisiana. Since receiving a PhD in educational administration in 1987, she hasnbsp;investigated school-level factors, particularly leadership and governance, that influence student and teacher outcomes. She co-founded the Jefferson Community School, Louisiana's first charter school that serves middle school students at risk of failure due to chronic discipline problems. She co-authored, with Vincent Anfara, Jr., Voices from the Middle: Decrying What Is, Imploring What Could Be (1999). Her research publications have focused on alternative middle schools, shared leadership, ethics in educational administration, charter schools, and classroom processes related to effective schooling, and have appeared in journals such as the American Journal of Education , the Journal of Educational Administration , and the Middle School Journal .nbsp; Kirby is now president of ed-cet, inc., an educational research, evaluation, and consulting firm based in New Orleans. Her clients include school districts in 12 states that received federal or state funds to improve instruction, leadership, and climate in their schools. She helped create the School Leadership Center of Greater New Orleans, which emphasizes cross-district collegiality, professionalism, and research-based school improvement. Through the center, she continues to assist school leaders in examining and implementing alternative forms of governance based on teacher empowerment.

Foreword to the First Edition
Foreword to the Second Edition
Foreword to the Third Edition
Preface to the Third Edition
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Principals and Their Effectiveness
The Power of Praise
Influencing by Expecting
Influencing by Involving
Granting Professional Autonomy
Leading by Standing Behind
Gentle Nudges: Suggesting Versus Directing
Positive Use of Formal Authority
Mirrors to the Possible
Conclusions, Caveats, and Challenges
Research Methods and Procedures
References
Index

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