Gardening in the Minefield A Survival Guide for School Administrators

ISBN-10: 0325004765

ISBN-13: 9780325004761

Edition: 2002

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For anyone in school leadershipor anyone who hopes to bethis book is a must read. Seasoned educator Laurel Schmidt tells it like it is about a principal's daily life. From the nitty gritty of hiring, evaluating, and firing staff, to navigating the intricacies of school politics, and managing crises in the glare of the media, she provides a long overdue tool to take control of your life as a school administrator. Schmidt combines insight and humor with use-this-now practicality as she details creative strategies for surviving the daily grind, while honing your vision of a school that works. Follow her lead and learn how to: plant the seeds for your vision and maintain your course weed out the worst, hire the best nurture productive relationships with parents, board members, and staff cultivate effective strategies for improving instruction root out efforts to undermine your leadership stamp out stress with simple techniques that work at work master the communication glut-email, voicemail, and the in-box. Gardening in the Minefield offers a refreshingly candid map through the landscape of leadership. As Schmidt confirms, it is a garden out thereif you know where to step.
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Book details

List price: $32.50
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 8/8/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Laurel Schmidt is the author of three Heiemann titles: Social Studies That Sticks (2007), Classroom Confidential (2004), and Gardening in the Minefield: A Survival Guide for School Administrators (2002). Laurel has worked for thirty years in education as a teacher, principal, curriculum development specialist, consultant, lecturer, and writer. Currently she is the Director of Pupil Services for the Santa Monica-Malibu School District and an adjunct professor at Antioch University. She is also the author of Seven Times Smarter: 50 Ways to Develop the Multiple Intelligences in Your Child (Three Rivers Press, 2001). You can email Laurel at and visit her website at

The Minefield
Surveying the Terrain: Getting Smarter About the Politics of Education
The Vision Thing: Getting Smarter About Charting Your Course
Principal Dearest: Getting Smarter About Cutting the Cord
Who's Renting Space in Your Skull? Getting Smarter About the Minefield Within
The Toolshed
Hire the Best: Getting Smarter About Selecting Staff
The Fezziwig Principle: Getting Smarter About Motivating Staff
Do Nothing for Staff That They Can Do for Themselves: Getting Smarter About Distributing Leadership
Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Getting Smarter About Supervising Instruction
Pruning in the Minefield: Getting Smarter About Evaluation and Dismissal
The In-Box Never Sleeps: Getting Smarter About Communication Systems
Message in a Bottle: Getting Smarter About Public Relations
The Arsenal
Knowledge Is Power: Getting Smarter About Professional Growth
A Mentor a Day: Getting Smarter About Personal Growth
Living Well Is the Best Revenge: Getting Smarter About Managing Stress
Warpaint: Getting Smarter Under Fire
Moving On: Getting Smarter About Time and Tide
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