Reframing the Path to School Leadership: A Guide for Teachers and Principals / Edition 2

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Ideal for new and experienced educators, this second edition of the bestseller presents dialogues between a novice and a master teacher and between a new and a seasoned principal to illuminate how reframing challenges can generate tremendous potential for classroom and school leadership. This updated edition provides leadership lesson summaries, solid strategies, and reflective questions that help teachers and principals grow in their practice through the use of four defining lenses:

Political: individual versus group power

Human resources: individual needs and motives

Structural: clear goals and responsibilities

Symbolic: culture, meaning, belief, and faith

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Editorial Reviews

Randy Cook
"The leadership skills highlighted are practical and helpful and are applied to specific situations that have been clearly outlined."
Jeffrey Glanz
“Destined to be a classic in its own right, this book offers readers insights into the realities of teaching and leading schools that are at once refreshing, insightful, and practical. Aquick, enjoyable read that encourages deep reflection for best practice.”
Patricia M. Jenlink
“Bolman and Deal's book is profoundly important text for those learning to lead, principal and teacher alike. The authors have presented richly crafted examples of life in the school, both from the teacher and the principal perspective, and introduces the reader to the fundamental principles of leadership. The narratives offer an authentic, real-world picture of learning to lead that takes into account all those individuals most directly implicated in and impacted by leadership at the school level."
Loukea N. Kovanis-Wilson
"This book reads like a story—once I started, I had a hard time putting it down. How often do we say that about a book on education?”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412978194
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/9/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 91,176
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lee G. Bolman is the Marion Bloch/Missouri Chair in Leadership at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. An author, teacher, con­sultant, and speaker, he has written numerous books on leadership and organizations with coauthor Terry Deal, including best-sellers Leading With Soul: An Uncommon Journey of Spirit (1995, 2001) and Reframing Organiza­tions: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership (1991, 1997), as well as The Path to School Leadership (1993) and Becoming a Teacher Leader (1994). Bolman holds a BA in History and a Ph D in Organizational Behavior from Yale University. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with his wife, Joan Gallos, and the two youngest of his children, Christopher and Bradley.

Terrence E. Deal is the Irving R. Melbo Professor at University of Southern California’s Rossier School. He is an internationally known lecturer and author who has written numerous books on leadership and organizations. In addition to those written with Lee Bolman, he is the coauthor of Corporate Cultures (with Alan Kennedy, 1982) and Shaping School Culture (with Kent Peterson, 1999).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

About the Authors ix

Introduction 1

Part I A Pair of Rookies 9

1 A New Teacher's First Day 11

2 Getting Off on the Right Foot 17

3 Newcomers Find Wise Friends and Allies 21

Leadership Lessons I: Seeing and Solving Entry Barriers 26

Part II The Political Frame 31

4 The Old Guard and the New Principal 33

5 The Tracking Wars: School Politics at Work 41

Leadership Lessons II: Mapping and Mastering the Political Terrain 53

Part III The Human Resource Frame 57

6 Sagging Morale 59

Leadership Lessons III: Build Relationships and Empower Yourself 68

Part IV The Structural Frame 71

7 Student Discipline: Who's Really in Charge? 73

8 Standards and Accountability 83

Leadership Lessons IV: Align the Structure With the Work 89

Part V The Symbolic Frame 95

9 The End of the Year: Symbols and Culture in Schools 97

10 "I'm Just a Great Teacher!" 105

Leadership Lessons V: Celebrate Values and Culture 112

Part VI Values, Ethics, and Spirit 119

11 Teaching and Leading: Finding a Balance 121

12 A Talk About Values 127

Leadership Lessons VI: Problems and Dilemmas 132

Part VII The Torch is Passed 135

13 The Essence of Teaching: Leaving a Legacy 137

14 Passing the Torch 145

Leadership Lessons VII: The Enduring Sequence 150

Epilogue 152

Annotated Bibliography 155

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