Working with and Evaluating Difficult School Employees

Working with and Evaluating Difficult School Employees

by John F. Eller, Sheila A. Eller
     
 

Help marginal employees take positive steps to improve their performance and behavior!

Managing difficult employees is one of the most challenging aspects of a school leader’s job. Written by experienced administrators, this resource provides specific strategies to identify, work with, and evaluate employees who have marginal,

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Overview

Help marginal employees take positive steps to improve their performance and behavior!

Managing difficult employees is one of the most challenging aspects of a school leader’s job. Written by experienced administrators, this resource provides specific strategies to identify, work with, and evaluate employees who have marginal, deficient, or negative behaviors. This book includes:

  • Sample dialogues for conducting difficult conversations
  • Templates for putting concerns into writing and developing improvement plans
  • Information about legal issues and ways to protect yourself
  • Methods for working with teachers, secretaries and assistants, paraprofessionals, and custodial staff
  • Steps to take when termination becomes necessary

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412958684
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
12/10/2009
Pages:
119
Sales rank:
883,528
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
About the Authors
1. The Nature of Difficult/Marginal Employees: Why Don't These People Listen to Reason and Improve?
Frames of Reference
Characteristics of Difficult Employees
The Response to Change
Understanding the Source of the Difficulty
Summary
2. What Skills and Tools Do I Need in Order to Take On This Situation?
Background of Employee Discipline
A Competencies-Based Approach to Thinking About Employee Problems
The Definition of Success When Working With Difficult or Deficient Employees
Your Readiness in Dealing With a Difficult Situation or Person
The Use of Job Descriptions in Your Work With Difficult School Employees
Summary
3. Strategies for Confronting Marginal and Deficient Behaviors
Framing
Authority Voice
Summary
4. Protecting Yourself While Dealing With Difficult Employees
Presuppositions
Reflecting
Displacing Negative Energy
Additional Self-Protection Strategies
Summary
5. Strategies for Working With Difficult/Marginal Teachers
The Law and Teacher Employment
Your Master Contract or Master Agreement
Understanding Your Evaluation Criteria
The Ability to Describe Deficient or Substandard Work
Base and Surface Competancies
Deciding Whether to Move Forward to Terminate Employment or Develop a Growth Plan
Growth Plans
Delivering a Deficiency Notice or Termination Message to a Teacher
The Entire Cycle
Summary
6. Strategies for Working with Difficult/Marginal Secretaries and Office
Handling Your Administrative Assistants
A Basic Set of Administrative Assistant/Office Employee Tasks
Base and Surface Competancies
Prioritizing Work Tasks
Planning Sessions to Establish Priorities for the Work Completion
Growth Plans
Delivering a Deficiency Notice or Termination Message to an Administrative Assistant
Summary
7. Strategies for Working with Difficult/Marginal Paraprofessionals and Teaching Assistants
The Nature of Teaching Assistants and Paraprofessionals
Base and Surface Competancies
Growth Plans
Delivering a Performance Concern or Termination Message to a Paraprofessional or Teaching Assistant
An Example of a Meeting and Letter of Reprimand for a Paraprofessional
Summary
8. Strategies for Working with Difficult/Marginal Custodians
Possible Difficult Custodial Behaviors
Effective Delegation of Tasks and Assignments
Base and Surface Competancies
Growth Plans
Delivering a Performance or Skill Deficit Concern to a Custodial Employee
Summary
References
Index

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