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The Principal's Guide to Managing School Personnel / Edition 1

The Principal's Guide to Managing School Personnel / Edition 1

by Richard D. Sorenson, Lloyd M. Goldsmith


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The Principal's Guide to Managing School Personnel / Edition 1

Inspiring faculty and support staff to perform their best is a key factor in developing a school culture that helps students thrive. This resource provides principals with the policies, procedures, and techniques to lead and manage school personnel and create an effective work environment.

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ISBN-13: 9781412961233
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 11/10/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 562,923
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

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Richard D. Sorenson, Professor Emeritus, is the former department chairperson of the Educational Leadership and Foundations Department at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). He also served as the director of the Principal Preparation Program. He earned his doctorate from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi in educational leadership. Dr. Sorenson served public schools for 25 years as a social studies teacher, principal, and associate superintendent for human resources.

Dr. Sorenson continues to work with graduate students at UTEP teaching school-based budgeting and school personnel. He was named The University of Texas at El Paso College of Education Professor of the Year (2005), and he remains an active writer with numerous professional journal publications. Dr. Sorenson has authored textbooks, teacher resource guides, and workbooks related to elementary and secondary social studies curricula. He conducts workshops at the state and national levels, and he has been actively involved in numerous professional organizations, including the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA), and the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP), for which he conducted annual new-principal academy workshops the previous 12-years.

Dr. Sorenson continues his research agenda in the area of the school principalship, specifically the examination of conditions and factors that inhibit and discourage lead teachers from entering school administration. He makes time each day to exercise, walking 4 to 10 miles, depending on how industrious he feels!

Dr. Sorenson has been married to his wife, Donna, the love of his life, for the past 40 years, and they have two adult children, Lisa (a second-grade teacher with Cypress-Fairbanks ISD in Houston, Texas) and Ryan (an Exercise Physiologist in El Paso, Texas), a wonderful son-in-law, Sam (a petroleum engineer in Houston, Texas), and two grandchildren, Savannah Grace and Nehemiah Timothy – all of whom are the pride and joy of his life. Rick and Donna reside in El Paso, Texas, on the U.S./Mexico border, with their home facing the majestic Franklin Mountains. Of course, the Sorenson family remains a lover of Pugs, most notably one Little Bit (wanna go?), and Olive (wanna snack?) too.

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Lloyd Milton Goldsmith is the director of the Principal Preparation Program and former chairperson for the Graduate Studies in Education Department at Abilene Christian University. He earned his EdD from Baylor University in the area of educational leadership. Dr. Goldsmith served public schools for 29 years as an elementary school teacher, assistant principal at a junior high school, and an elementary school principal.

Dr. Goldsmith led the migration of the graduate education program to an online format. He is currently involved in developing an online EdD in educational leadership. Dr. Goldsmith and a fellow chemistry professor, Dr. Kim Pamplin, are in their 14th year codirecting a program facilitating high school chemistry and biology teachers in developing effective instructional strategies and integrating technology within their lessons. Dr. Goldsmith has served on several state committees for the Texas Education Agency. He served two terms as president of the Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration.

The research interests of Dr. Goldsmith relate to effective principal practices and practicum design. Dr. Goldsmith enjoys teaching in his church’s inner-city outreach ministry, where he helps equip those living in poverty to better handle life’s challenges.

Dr. Goldsmith has been married to his wife, Mary, for the 30 years and has three adult children – Abigail, Eleanor, and Nelson. Abigail and son-in-law Andrew Harmon are the parents of his two grandchildren Luke Walling Harmon and Hilary Grace Harmon. “Pa” enjoys being “Pa”. Eleanor, has taught fourth grade for two years in Taft, Texas, where her father began his teaching career. His son Nelson recently graduated with a degree in accounting and finance from Abilene Christian University. Llola, his chocolate lab, is spoiled and walks the good doctor every morning.

Table of Contents

List of Tables ix

List of Figures xi

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

About the Authors and Contributing Author xix

1 Personnel and the National Standards 1

ISLLC Standards and Personnel 3

Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards 3

ISLLC Standard 1 The Vision Standard 5

ISLLC Standard 2 The Learning Standard 11

ISLLC Standard 3 The Environment Standard 16

ISLLC Standard 4 The Community Standard 18

ISLLC Standard 5 The Ethics Standard 21

ISLLC Standard 6 The Global Standard 23

Final Thought 25

Discussion Questions 25

Case Study Application 26

2 Personnel and School Culture 29

Culture and Climate 30

Culture and Personnel Factors in the Personnel Success Model 30

Shaping Culture for the Common Good 33

11 Ten Most Wanted Strategies for Shaping School Culture 35

You, Me, Hobbamock, and Massasoit 39

Quarter Till Eleven 41

Final Thought 41

Discussion Questions 42

Case Study Application 43

Other Resources 46

3 Personnel and the Principal 47

Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction 47

The Effective School Leader and Personnel Relationship 49

The Principled Personnel Model 50

Principle 1 Respect 50

Principle 2 Trust 52

Principle 3 Honesty 52

Principle 4 Responsibility 53

Principle 5 Rights 54

Principle 6 Expectations 55

Leadership Traits Essential to Working Effectively With School Personnel 56

Effective School Leadership 58

The Administration and Supervision of School Personnel 60

Situational Leadership 61

Humor, Leadership, and School Personnel 63

Final Thoughts 65

Discussion Questions 66

Case Study Application 67

Other Resources 68

4 Personnel and Communication 69

Basics of Communication 71

ABasic Communication Model 71

Active Listening 75

Difficult Conversations 75

Story 76

The Completed Personnel Success Model 79

The Principled Personnel Model and Communication 79

Effective Communication Behaviors 81

Final Thoughts 82

One More Final Thought 82

Discussion Questions 83

Case Study Applications 84

Other Resources 84

5 Personnel and Conflict Resolution Joe L. Cope 85

Who Made You Boss? 85

Effective School Leadership in the Midst of Conflict 86

The Negative Things About Conflict 87

The Principal's Peace Primer 89

Platform 1 Preserve Purpose 92

Platform 2 Protect Process 93

Platform 3 Practice Patience 94

Platform 4 Promote People 95

Platform 5 Prize Perceptions 95

Platform 6 Praise Progress 97

Platform 7 Produce a Plan 98

Platform 8 Perfect Peace 99

Application Questions 99

Final Thoughts 100

Discussion Questions 101

Case Study Application 101

6 Personnel and Recruitment and Selection 103

Finding Mr. or Ms. Right 103

Recruitment of Personnel 104

Campus Vision 104

Attracting the Right Applicant 106

Selection of Personnel 107

Procedures in the Selection Process 107

Selection Criteria 112

Reviewing Resumes 112

Reference Checks 112

Leading by Interviewing 117

Interview Process 117

Position Simulations 124

Final Selection and Notification of Candidates 124

Final Thoughts 126

Discussion Questions 127

Case Study Application 128

Other Resources 130

7 Personnel and Induction and Mentoring Programs 131

How Principals Fail Personnel 131

The Induction and Mentoring of Personnel 132

Induction 133

Mentoring 136

Final Thoughts 143

Discussion Questions 144

Case Study Application 145

8 Personnel and Adverse Situations 149

No Rules-No Worries 149

Leading Personnel Is Hard Work 150

Proactive and Corrective Actions 150

Performance Expectations 151

School Policies, Procedures, and Administrative Regulations 152

Documentation of Personnel 154

Due Process 156

The Due Process Minimum 157

Guidelines for Working With Personnel in Need of Assistance 158

Controversial Personnel Issues 160

Discrimination 160

Sexual Harassment 161

Sexual Orientation 161

Alcohol and Drugs 162

The Supervision of Marginal Employees 163

Grievances 165

Causes for Termination 165

Union-Management Relationships 170

Contracts for Public School Employees 170

Organizational Security 171

Compensation and Working Conditions 171

Individual Security 171

Final Thoughts 172

Discussion Questions 174

Case Study Application 175

Other Resources 177

References and Further Reading 179

Index 189

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