Principals Who Learn: Asking the Right Questions, Seeking the Best Solutions

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416605409
  • Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 298,582
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction     ix
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
Afterword     255
References     273
Index     276
About the Authors     287
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