The Principal's Guide to Managing School Personnel

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Inspiring faculty and support staff to perform their best is a key factor in developing a school culture that helps students thrive. This resource provides principals with the policies, procedures, and techniques to lead and manage school personnel and create an effective work environment.
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Editorial Reviews

Carolyn Banks
"This book serves as a valuable tool for districts seeking to enhance the skill level of their principals and would be ideal for professional development. I would have greatly welcomed a book of this nature when I was a principal."
Gerard Dery
"An excellent tool for aspiring principals as well as those who find it uplifting to be reassured that they are doing the right thing."
Rosemarie Young
"Demonstrates the importance of the principal in personnel issues and provides thoughtful and well-researched suggestions, formats, behaviors, and ideas for dealing with the management, leadership, selection, induction, retention, and dismissal of employees. The chapters on conflict and adverse situations are of particular help."
Patricia M. Richardson
“The book does a wonderful job of taking the research about personnel management and translating it into practice for aspiring and current school leaders.”
Boyd Dressler
"Principals, superintendents, district-level leaders, school board members, and human resource directors would all benefit from this book. The material and concepts presented are germane to today’s leadership challenges.The personnel function is more than hiring and firing, it is the heart and soul of schools and a critical factor that directly relates to student achievement."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412961233
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/10/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 265,707
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Learn more about Richard Sorenson's PD offerings

Richard Sorenson is an associate professor in the Educational Leadership and Foundations Department at The University of Texas at El Paso. He served public schools for 25 years as a social studies teacher, principal, and associate superintendent for personnel. Currently, Sorenson works with graduate students at UTEP in the areas of school personnel, school-based budgeting, educational law, and leadership development. He was named The University of Texas at El Paso College of Education Professor of the Year in 2005, is involved in several educational initiatives on the U.S./Mexico border, and he is an active writer with numerous professional journal publications. He has also authored textbooks, teacher resource guides, and workbooks in the area of the elementary and secondary school social studies curricula. He conducts workshops at the state and national levels on topics such as principal preparation, instructional leadership, and effective teaching practices. His has been actively involved with the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA), the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) in which he conducts annual New Principal Academy seminars, and the Texas Council for the Social Studies (TCSS). His research interest is in the area of the school principalship, specifically the examination of conditions and factors that inhibit and discourage lead teachers from seeking the school principalship as a career option. He received his EdD from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi in the area of educational leadership.

Learn more about Lloyd Goldsmith's PD offerings

Lloyd Milton Goldsmith is associate professor and chair of the Department of Graduate Studies in Education at Abilene Christian University. Goldsmith is currently involved in developing online graduate education degrees that incorporate faith principles. He teaches courses in school culture, professional development, and continuous school improvement. He served public schools for 29 years as an elementary science teacher, middle school assistant principal, and elementary school principal. He and a fellow chemistry professor, Kim Pamplin, co-direct a program to facilitate high school chemistry teachers in effective instructional strategies. Goldsmith has served on several state committees for the Texas Education Agency. He currently serves as a consultant on a project to migrate mandated state principal training to an online format. He is president of the Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration. Goldsmith has presented at numerous state, national, and international conferences. He is active in Kiwanis International and in his local church, where he teaches Sunday school to lively fourth graders, works with the Boy Scouts, and leads a life group. He earned his EdD in educational leadership from Baylor University.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables ix

List of Figures xi

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

About the Authors and Contributing Author xix

1 Personnel and the National Standards 1

ISLLC Standards and Personnel 3

Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards 3

ISLLC Standard 1 The Vision Standard 5

ISLLC Standard 2 The Learning Standard 11

ISLLC Standard 3 The Environment Standard 16

ISLLC Standard 4 The Community Standard 18

ISLLC Standard 5 The Ethics Standard 21

ISLLC Standard 6 The Global Standard 23

Final Thought 25

Discussion Questions 25

Case Study Application 26

2 Personnel and School Culture 29

Culture and Climate 30

Culture and Personnel Factors in the Personnel Success Model 30

Shaping Culture for the Common Good 33

11 Ten Most Wanted Strategies for Shaping School Culture 35

You, Me, Hobbamock, and Massasoit 39

Quarter Till Eleven 41

Final Thought 41

Discussion Questions 42

Case Study Application 43

Other Resources 46

3 Personnel and the Principal 47

Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction 47

The Effective School Leader and Personnel Relationship 49

The Principled Personnel Model 50

Principle 1 Respect 50

Principle 2 Trust 52

Principle 3 Honesty 52

Principle 4 Responsibility 53

Principle 5 Rights 54

Principle 6 Expectations 55

Leadership Traits Essential to Working Effectively With School Personnel 56

Effective School Leadership 58

The Administration and Supervision of School Personnel 60

Situational Leadership 61

Humor, Leadership, and School Personnel 63

Final Thoughts 65

Discussion Questions 66

Case Study Application 67

Other Resources 68

4 Personnel and Communication 69

Basics of Communication 71

ABasic Communication Model 71

Active Listening 75

Difficult Conversations 75

Story 76

The Completed Personnel Success Model 79

The Principled Personnel Model and Communication 79

Effective Communication Behaviors 81

Final Thoughts 82

One More Final Thought 82

Discussion Questions 83

Case Study Applications 84

Other Resources 84

5 Personnel and Conflict Resolution Joe L. Cope 85

Who Made You Boss? 85

Effective School Leadership in the Midst of Conflict 86

The Negative Things About Conflict 87

The Principal's Peace Primer 89

Platform 1 Preserve Purpose 92

Platform 2 Protect Process 93

Platform 3 Practice Patience 94

Platform 4 Promote People 95

Platform 5 Prize Perceptions 95

Platform 6 Praise Progress 97

Platform 7 Produce a Plan 98

Platform 8 Perfect Peace 99

Application Questions 99

Final Thoughts 100

Discussion Questions 101

Case Study Application 101

6 Personnel and Recruitment and Selection 103

Finding Mr. or Ms. Right 103

Recruitment of Personnel 104

Campus Vision 104

Attracting the Right Applicant 106

Selection of Personnel 107

Procedures in the Selection Process 107

Selection Criteria 112

Reviewing Resumes 112

Reference Checks 112

Leading by Interviewing 117

Interview Process 117

Position Simulations 124

Final Selection and Notification of Candidates 124

Final Thoughts 126

Discussion Questions 127

Case Study Application 128

Other Resources 130

7 Personnel and Induction and Mentoring Programs 131

How Principals Fail Personnel 131

The Induction and Mentoring of Personnel 132

Induction 133

Mentoring 136

Final Thoughts 143

Discussion Questions 144

Case Study Application 145

8 Personnel and Adverse Situations 149

No Rules-No Worries 149

Leading Personnel Is Hard Work 150

Proactive and Corrective Actions 150

Performance Expectations 151

School Policies, Procedures, and Administrative Regulations 152

Documentation of Personnel 154

Due Process 156

The Due Process Minimum 157

Guidelines for Working With Personnel in Need of Assistance 158

Controversial Personnel Issues 160

Discrimination 160

Sexual Harassment 161

Sexual Orientation 161

Alcohol and Drugs 162

The Supervision of Marginal Employees 163

Grievances 165

Causes for Termination 165

Union-Management Relationships 170

Contracts for Public School Employees 170

Organizational Security 171

Compensation and Working Conditions 171

Individual Security 171

Final Thoughts 172

Discussion Questions 174

Case Study Application 175

Other Resources 177

References and Further Reading 179

Index 189

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