Leading Good Schools to Greatness Mastering What Great Principals Do Well

ISBN-10: 1412979781

ISBN-13: 9781412979788

Edition: 2010

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List price: $37.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 9/20/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
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
The Skills for Leading Good Schools to Greatness Can Be Learned
Applying Good to Great Research to School Principals
Conversations With Highly Successful Principals
Administrator Preparation Program Reform
Reflection
First, Build Relationships
Reflection
Assess Your Leadership Capacity
A Behavior Different From That of Effective Private Sector Executives
The Three Key Elements Needed to Build Relationships
Constructing Your Personal Profile of a Highly Effective Principal
Building Trust
Engaging in Effective Interpersonal Communication
Encouraging Constructive Conflict Around Ideas
Reflection
How to Exercise Your Professional Will With Humility
Reflection
Assess Your Leadership Capacity
Research on the Risks of Charismatic Leadership for Schools
Distinguishing Personal Humility Is Not So Easy
What Highly Successful Principals Say Conveying a Duality of Professional Will and Personal Humility
Strategies for Exhibiting Professional Will While Remaining Humble
Practical Application of Strategies for Exhibiting a Duality of Professional Will and Personal Humility
Ask an Effective Principal
Reflection
How to Face the Brutal Facts ... Then Do Something About Them
Reflection
Assess Your Leadership Capacity
The Research on Confronting the Brutal Facts and Unwavering Resolve
What Highly Successful Principals Say About Confronting the Brutal Facts
Strategies for Confronting the Brutal Facts and Then Doing Something About Them
Practical Application of Strategies for Confronting the Brutal Facts and Doing Something About Them
Ask an Effective Principal
Reflection
How to Get the Right Faculty on Board
Reflection
Assess Your Leadership Capacity
The Research on Getting the Right People
What Are the Right Places for the Right People?
The Wrong People for the School
What Highly Successful Principals Say About Getting the Right People
Strategies for Getting (and Keeping) the Right People
Practical Application of Strategies for Getting the Right Faculty on Board
Ask an Effective Principal
Reflection
How to Find and Promote the Hedgehog Concept in Your School
Reflection
Educators Differ From CEOs
Assess Your Leadership Capacity
Research on the Hedgehog Concept
Highly Successful Principals Exhibit the Hedgehog Concept
Strategies for Understanding and Executing the Hedgehog Concept in Schools
One School's Process for Developing New Mission and Vision Statements
Practical Application of Strategies for Finding and Promoting the Hedgehog Concept
Ask an Effective Principal
Reflection
How to Build a Schoolwide Culture of Self-Discipline
Reflection
Assess Your Leadership Capacity
The Research on a Culture of Self-Discipline
What Highly Successful Principals Do to Build a Schoolwide Culture of Self-Discipline
Practical Application of Strategies for Building a Culture of Self-Discipline
Ask an Effective Principal
Reflection
The Road Ahead
Research on Leadership Preparation
What to Look for in a Principal Preparation Program
Tips to Help New Principals Succeed
A Final Word
Resources
Research Methodology
Interview Participant Selection
Principal Interview Questions Derived From Collins' (2001) CEO Interview Questions and Demographic Questionnaire
Suggested Readings
References
Index
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