Principals Who Learn: Asking the Right Questions, Seeking the Best Solutionsby Barbara Kohm, Beverly Nance
Pub. Date: 05/28/2007
Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
As a principal, you know how challenging it is to build a dedicated staff, encourage parental support, help students get excited about learning, and create a working school culture. You know that it takes a more than a few years (and surviving a few school events gone awry) to gain the trust of staff, students, and community. And you probably think that once these… See more details below
As a principal, you know how challenging it is to build a dedicated staff, encourage parental support, help students get excited about learning, and create a working school culture. You know that it takes a more than a few years (and surviving a few school events gone awry) to gain the trust of staff, students, and community. And you probably think that once these elements are in place, you'll be able to relax and let your school run like a well-oiled machine, right? Wrong. Even the most successful principals can become stuck in tired routines that inhibit collaboration and shut down opportunities for learning and change.
In Principals Who Learn: Asking the Right Questions, Seeking the Best Solutions, former principals Barbara Kohm and Beverly Nance encourage principals to step out of their comfort zone and pursue learning with their staff. Kohm and Nance give principals the tools to shift from being top-down, authoritarian leaders to becoming open collaborators and continual learners. The authors show principals how to
Learn to listen to all voices.
Turn "bad guys" into allies.
Develop an open and collaborative culture.
Redesign staff meetings for more effectiveness.
Resolve conflicts and solve problems.
Turn mistakes into learning opportunities.
Engaging scenarios and reflection questions further help principals re-examine their leadership practices and look at their school from new vantage points. Whether you are a new principal seeking guidance or a seasoned veteran looking to make a change, Principals Who Learn will reinvigorate your work and help you develop and adapt your skills to meet the ever-changing needs of your school.
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Table of Contents
Listening to All Voices 1
The Noisy Minority: From Loud Voices to All Voices 3
No More Bad Guys and Good Guys: From the Comfort of Agreement to the Wisdom of Diversity 29
Missing Persons: From an Open Door to an Open School 49
Seeing Possibilities 77
To Change or Not to Change: From Avoiding to Embracing Risk 79
Lemonade Opportunities: From Mistakes to Possibilities 99
Keeping the Rubber Band Taut: From Seeking Calm to Valuing Tension 119
Asking the Right Questions 139
What Do We Know? From Expert to Learner 141
Little Things Mean a Lot: From Isolated Details to Connected Leverage Points 159
What Counts: From Intentions to Results 177
Creating Collaborative Cultures 203
Developing a Collaborative Culture: From Command and Control to Collaborative Responsibility 205
Redesigning Meetings: From Administrative Details to Engines of Reform 227
A Shift in Thinking: From Looking at Parts to Seeing the Whole 247
About the Authors 287
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