Practical Strategies for Educational Administrators shares strategies, protocols, and ideas that extend and refine the tools administrators use to enhance the culture and functioning of their organizations. Emphasizing application over theory, the book features numerous vignettes, examples, and authentic documents that effectively model the target concepts and demonstrate how to implement them.
Readers learn how to set priorities, lead effective and informative faculty meetings, conduct evaluations and develop appropriate follow-up, make the most of correspondence with faculty, staff, and families, set clear expectations, and clearly identify best practices. All chapters feature a “Big Idea” for administrators to consider, essential questions that frame understanding of the topic, reflection questions, sample documents to serve as models, and application activities.
The practical approach of the text, as well as its emphasis on the critical skills and attributes necessary for success in educational leadership, gives readers strategies that can be implemented immediately. Equally useful as either a primary or supplemental text, Practical Strategies for Educational Administrators is ideal for professional development opportunities for current administrators, as well as classes in administrative credentialing programs.
An adjunct faculty member in the Educational Administration Program at Stony Brook University in New York, Andrew Greene served for many years as a middle school principal as well as Middle Level Liaison with the New York State Education Department. He has worked with experts in the field of education, including Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, who featured his work at Candlewood Middle School in their book Schooling by Design. In professional development settings, he has taught extensively on leadership and best practices in instruction curriculum and assessment, and has worked with schools on developing Professional Learning Communities within their organizations.