From the Desk of the Middle School Principal

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An honest and insightful look at the real world of middle school leadership. Grounded in the belief that schools should be responsive to the developmental needs of their students, the authors explore the distinct nature of the middle school, the appropriate responses required from middle school principals, and introduce a model for developmentally responsive leadership. At its heart, the book describes the strategies and best practices employed by middle level principals who are struggling to implement the middle...
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An honest and insightful look at the real world of middle school leadership. Grounded in the belief that schools should be responsive to the developmental needs of their students, the authors explore the distinct nature of the middle school, the appropriate responses required from middle school principals, and introduce a model for developmentally responsive leadership. At its heart, the book describes the strategies and best practices employed by middle level principals who are struggling to implement the middle school concept in their schools. It focuses on the seven critical themes of school leadership based on the practical experiences of real world principals and the needs of the early adolescent. This is an important book for aspiring and practicing middle school principals, board members, teachers, and parents who are intent upon building the close-knit community that is at the heart of the middle school.
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Walt Grebing
A must read by all educators in middle schools, this book on school leadership is timely and unique. School leadership has been recognized as the primary factor in the success or failure of the school. This book focuses on the seven critical themes of school leadership based on the experiences of principals and the needs of the early adolescent. I would recommend this outstanding book for all middle school principals, assistant principals, superintendents, central office staff, parents, and boards of education.
John Lounsbury
Perhaps no topic in education right now is as important as middle level leadership. Having achieved organizational ascendancy, the middle school movement, in many ways, is treading water waiting for the leadership needed to make the kind of changes in curriculum and instruction that are the heart of the middle school concept. Here is a comprehensive book that should go a long way to solve this problem.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810843844
  • Publisher: R&L Education
  • Publication date: 11/1/2002
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen M. Brown is assistant professor of educational leadership at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to receiving her Ed.D. from Temple University in educational administration and policy studies, Brown taught middle school and served as an elementary and middle school principal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Camden, New Jersey. Vincent A. Anfara, Jr. is associate professor of education leadership at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He received his Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of New Orleans in 1995. Before entering the professorate, he taught for 25 years in both middle and high schools in Louisiana and New Mexico. He has published widely on middle school advisory programs, middle school reform, and the middle level principalship. He coedited the book entitled Voices from the Middle: Decrying What Is; Imploring What Could Be with Peggy Kirby (2000). He serves as the series editor of The Handbook of Research in Middle Level Education. Currently he is president of AERA's special interest group, known as Research in Middle Level Education, and a member of NMSA's research committee.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Foreword
Introduction: The Middle School Movement and the Middle School Principal 1
Sect. 1 Responsiveness to Students
1 Predicting the Unpredictable Journey to Independence: Adolescents' Undulating Nature 27
2 Parents as Partners: A Smorgasbord of Educational Resources 47
3 The Triple A's of "Success for All and Every Student:" Adjust, Adapt, and Accommodate 61
Sect. II Responsiveness to Faculty and Staff
4 And the Walls Came Crumbling Down: A Unified Profession of Administrators and Teachers 73
5 Lifelong Learners: Job Shadowing and Peer Modeling for Teachers and Administrators Alike 91
Sect. III Responsiveness to the School and Community
6 Laying a New Foundation: Exploration, Education, and Edification Before Implementation 117
7 Flexibility Is the Name of the Game: Ambiguity and Chaos Are Not the Same! 131
Conclusion: The Developmentally Responsive Middle Level Principal 145
App. A Identification of Middle Level Principals 163
App. B Suggested Middle School References 165
References 179
Index 195
About the Authors 203
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