This book is filled with the words and wisdom of two seasoned veterans: Margaret Juhl, a master teacher, and Brenda Connors, a wise and warm veteran principal. Though both are fictional, they are deeply rooted in the real-world life of contemporary schools. They've been there, and they know what they're talking about because of wisdom gleaned from experience. They are exemplars of countless teachers and principals who are blessed with unusual leadership skills and savvy.
Part leadership manual, part short novel, this unique best-seller uses dialogues between a novice and a master teacher and between a new and a seasoned principal to illuminate how viewing a problem through a different lens - political, human resources, structural, or symbolic - can reveal the right solution
Acknowledgments About the Authors Introduction PART I: A PAIR OF ROOKIES 1. A New Teacher's First Day 2. Getting Off on the Wrong Foot 3. Newcomers Find Wise Friends Leadership Lessons I: Seeing and Solving Entry Barriers PART II: THE POLITICAL GA 4. The Old Guard and New Principal 5. The Inclusion Wars: School Politics Leadership Lessons II: Mapping and Mastering the Political Terrain PART III: THE HUMAN RESOURCE LENS 6. Sagging Morale Leadership Lessons III: Build Relationships and Empower Yourself PART IV: THE STRUCTURAL FRAME 7. Student Discipline: Who's Really in Charge? 8. Standards and Rubrics Leadership Lessons IV: Align Structure With the Work PART V: THE SYMBOLIC FRAME: BELIEVING IS SEEING 9. Changing the Guard 10. Building Confidence and Faith 11. "I'm Just a Great Teacher!" Leadership Lessons V: Celebrate Values and Culture PART VI: VALUES, ETHICS, AND SPIRIT 12. Teaching and Leading: Finding a Balance 13. It's All About Values and Beliefs Leadership Lessons VI: Problems and Dilemmas PART VII: THE CYCLE CONTINUES 14. The Essence of Teaching: Leaving a Legacy 15. Loss . . . and Celebration 16. Passing the Torch Leadership Lessons VII: The Enduring Sequence References Further Reading
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