Practicing the Art of Leadership: A Problem-Based Approach to Implementing the ISLLC Standards / Edition 4


Prospective educational leaders get practical help for developing a sound understanding of ISLLC Standards and how to put them into practice effectively. The problem-based approach uses realistic scenarios patterned on those that appear on national examinations to show how theory relates to practice. The author covers the full spectrum of educational leadership theories and how they apply to today’s actual classrooms and schools.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132734318
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 3/27/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eTextbook
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Reginald Leon Green is Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Memphis. He received the Ed.D. in Educational Administration and Supervision from the University of Missouri—Columbia. He has served at the teacher, principal, deputy superintendent, and superintendent levels of K—12 education, and has been in higher education for 15 years. In 1977, Dr. Green was one of five educators chosen nationally to participate in the Rockefeller Foundation’s Superintendency Preparation Program, and, in 1996, he was selected as an associate to the Institute for Educational Renewal, under the leadership of Dr. John Goodlad.

Dr. Green has published a book on inner-city education and articles on educational restructuring, primary grade restructuring, gang violence, and other contemporary educational issues. He has completed national inquiries into nurturing characteristics that exist in schools and standards and assessment measures being established as part of the school reform movement. This work led to the development of the Center for Urban School Leadership at the University of Memphis, where Dr. Green administered programs for five years to prepare principals for roles in urban school leadership, using a nontraditional approach.

Most recently, Dr. Green distinguished himself with the publication of The Four Dimensions of Principal Leadership: A Foundation for Leading 21st Century Schools. Currently, he teaches courses in educational leadership with a focus on instructional leadership, school reform, and models for turning around low performing schools. His research interests include school leadership, team building for effective teaching and learning, superintendent/board relations, school district restructuring, and the effects of nurturing characteristics on the academic achievement of students.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Standards Informing School Leadership

The Emergence of Standards for School Leaders

The Use of Standards and Organizations That Create Them

Unpacking the ISLLC Standards

Other Organizations Using Standards

Transforming Standards into Practice

Chapter 2 Establishing a Framework for Leadership

Leadership Traits, Characteristics, and Behaviors

Contingency and Situational Leadership Theories

Power and Authority

Bridging the Past and the Present

Contemporary Approaches to School Leadership

The Scenarios

Chapter 3 Developing a Collaborative Culture in Schools

A Definition of Organization

Schools as Organizations

Traditional Theories Influencing Contemporary Practice

Contemporary Postulates Informing Leadership in Schools

Understanding Self

Understanding Others

Chapter 4 Enhancing Leadership Effectiveness Through Communication

The Importance of Effective Communication

The Communication Process

The Flow of Communication in Schools

Reducing Barriers to Effective Communication

Chapter 5 Decision Making: Quality and Acceptance

Defining Decision Making

Approaches to Decision Making

Autocratic or Participatory Decision Making

Group Decision Techniques

Barriers and Traps That Inhibit Decision Effectiveness

Chapter 6 Managing Conflict in Today's Schools

A Definition of Conflict

The Nature of Conflict in Schools

Sources of Conflict in Schools

How Individuals Respond to Conflict

Role Conflict

Conflict Management

Chapter 7 Instructional Leadership and Change

Instructional Leadership Defined

The Concept of Instructional Change

Theories and Practices Informing Change

Implementing and Sustaining the Change Initiative

Addressing the Needs of All Students

Appendix A The Interstate School Leader Licensure Standards and Indicators

Appendix B Additional Scenarios for Analyses and Reflections

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  • Posted December 18, 2009

    Newly published but Outdated

    This book was published in 2009 but is based on the old ISLLC Standards that were rewritten in 2007!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2009

    This book is good reference for school leaders.

    I used this book to obtain my Ed.S. in Administration and Supervision. It has all the ISLLC Standards and information on how to become an effective leader in today's educational system. It is a great reference book if you are currently an adminstrator.

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