Principals will find techniques for managing personnel and creating effective work environments, plus conflict-resolution models, reflective activities, and scenarios based on common personnel issues.
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The Principal's Guide to Managing School Personnel

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Principals will find techniques for managing personnel and creating effective work environments, plus conflict-resolution models, reflective activities, and scenarios based on common personnel issues.
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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: 9781452295503
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/10/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 841,123
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

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.

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
List of Figures
About the Authors and Contributing Author
1. Personnel and the National Standards
ISLLC Standards and Personnel
Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards
Final Thought
Discussion Questions
Case Study Application
2. Personnel and School Culture
Culture and Climate
Shaping Culture for the Common Good
11 Ten Most Wanted Strategies for Shaping School Culture
Quarter Till Eleven
Final Thought
Discussion Questions
Case Study Application
Other Resources
3. Personnel and the Principal
Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction
The Effective School Leader and Personnel Relationship
The Principled Personnel Model
Leadership Traits Essential to Working Effectively With School Personnel
The Administration and Supervision of School Personnel
Final Thoughts
Discussion Questions
Case Study Application
Other Resources
4. Personnel and Communication
Basics of Communication
The Completed Personnel Success Model
The Principled Personnel Model and Communication
Effective Communication Behaviors
Final Thoughts
One More Final Thought
Discussion Questions
Case Study Applications
Other Resources
5. Personnel and Conflict Resolution
Who Made You Boss?
Effective School Leadership in the Midst of Conflict
The Principal’s Peace Primer
Final Thoughts
Discussion Questions
Case Study Application
6. Personnel and Recruitment and Selection
Finding Mr. or Ms. Right
Recruitment of Personnel
Selection of Personnel
Leading by Interviewing
Final Thoughts
Discussion Questions
Case Study Application
Other Resources
7. Personnel and Induction and Mentoring Programs
How Principals Fail Personnel
The Induction and Mentoring of Personnel
Final Thoughts
Discussion Questions
Case Study Application
8. Personnel and Adverse Situations
No Rules – No Worries
Leading Personnel Is Hard Work
Proactive and Corrective Actions
Performance Expectations
School Policies, Procedures, and Administrative Regulations
Documentation of Personnel
Due Process
Guidelines for Working With Personnel in Need of Assistance
Controversial Personnel Issues
The Supervision of Marginal Employees
Causes for Termination
Union-Management Relationships
Contracts for Public School Employees
Final Thoughts
Discussion Questions
Case Study Application
Other Resources
References and Further Reading
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