The Principal's Field Manual: The School Principal as the Organizational Leader

The Principal's Field Manual: The School Principal as the Organizational Leader

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By (author) William A. Sommers, By (author) Michael B. Ayers

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  • Publisher: Corwin Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 216mm x 277mm x 10mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 28 July 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Thousand Oaks
  • ISBN 10: 1412971160
  • ISBN 13: 9781412971164
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,051,778

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'An extensive and comprehensive resource for aspiring as well as practicing school leaders at every level. For aspiring school leaders, this book provides a multifaceted look at the complexity of school organizations. For practicing school leaders, the design of the content, the broad array of useful information, the action checklists, the quick-read guidelines, and the extensive references provide readers with a useful guide' - Gerald N. Tirozzi, Executive Director, National Association of Secondary School Principals Research has shown that effective school leadership is a key factor in promoting high student achievement. This very practical, easy-to-use reference draws from leadership lessons learned in both education and business. Written as a field manual for "school CEOs" to facilitate understanding and operating a school as an organization, this book is designed for easy access within a unifying framework to enable flexible use for busy principals. Based on the Organizational Effectiveness Model, the manual offers a blend of background knowledge and practices that are immediately useful, in the context of five elements that are essential to all organizations: - Mission, including the central importance of useful metrics - Strategies, such as the value of seeing the whole system - Structure, including skill with conflict management - People, highlighting the usefulness of political savvy - Leadership, including the fundamental importance of trust Filled with practical strategies and tools, The Principal's Field Manual is an invaluable resource for helping both new and experienced administrators better understand and effectively operate the school as a vital and dynamic organization.

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William A. Sommers is currently the Learning Alternatives director and leadership coach for Spring Lake Park District 12 in Spring Lake Park, Minnesota, consultant, and author. He is the former director of leadership & organizational development for Manor ISD in Texas, the former executive director for secondary curriculum and professional learning for Minneapolis Public Schools, and a school administrator for over 30 years. He has also been a Senior Fellow for the Urban Leadership Academy at the University of Minnesota. Sommers also has served as an adjunct faculty member at Texas State University, Hamline University, University of St. Thomas, St. Mary's University, Union Institute, and Capella University. Sommers was on the Board of Trustees for five years and past-president for the National Staff Development Council. He has been a presenter in preconferences and conference sessions for 12 consecutive years and continues to work as a senior consultant for NSDC. Since 1990, he has been an associate trainer for the Center for Cognitive Coaching based in Denver, Colorado. He has been a program director for an adolescent chemical dependency treatment center and on the board of a halfway house for 20 years. Sommers has co-authored seven books, Living on a Tightrope: A Survival Handbook for Principals, Becoming a Successful Principal: How to Ride the Wave of Change Without Drowning, Reflective Practice to Improve Schools, a Trainer's Companion, Energizing Staff Development Using Video Clips, Leading Professional Learning Communities, and Principal's Field Manual. He is currently working on Trainer's Companion for Habits of Mind (2009). In addition to writing many articles regarding coaching, assessment, and reflective thinking, he also does training in reflective practice, leadership, organizational development, conflict management, poverty, thinking skills, brain research, and classroom management. From 1970 to the present, he has been in K-12 education as a teacher and principal in urban, suburban, and rural schools. Sommers is a practitioner who integrates theory into the learning opportunities he facilitates.

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"An extensive and comprehensive resource for aspiring as well as practicing school leaders at every level. For aspiring school leaders, this book provides a multifaceted look at the complexity of school organizations. For practicing school leaders, the design of the content, the broad array of useful information, the action checklists, the quick-read guidelines, and the extensive references provide readers with a useful guide." -- Gerald N. Tirozzi, Executive Director 20081226 "Principals, regardless of the hat being worn-instructional leader, process manager, school administrator, or organization CEO-will find a treasure trove of tools, processes, models, assessments, and much more. This compendium of ideas represents 'just in time' applications to the authentic, day-to-day realities of the practicing site administrator." -- Karen M. Dyer, Director, Education and Nonprofit Sector 20081226 "Leadership is partially about skill and personality, and a whole lot about values. This book takes all the elements of a leader's journey and provides useful tools for both day-to-day and long-term success. It is simple to use, easy to follow, and actionable." -- Alex C. Cirillo, Jr., Vice President, 3M Community Affairs 20081226

Table of contents

List of Figures Very Quick Reference Acknowledgments About the Authors Introduction The Framing Model - Facets of Effectiveness Two Fundamental Techniques Less Quick Reference Leadership Communications Dialog Trust Collaboration/Teamwork Fire Fighting Culture Ten Rules/Guidelines for Leadership Mission Mission Metrics Organizational Values Ten Guidelines/Rules for Mission Strategy Scenario Planning Systems Thinking Decision-Making / Problem-Solving Ten Guidelines/Rules for Strategy Organizational Structure Project Management Change Conflict Management/Resolution Policies, Procedures, and Professional Judgment Competencies and Position Sketch Ten Rules/Guidelines for Organizational Structure People Personal Values Data, Information, Inferences Managing Staff Followership Influence and Political Savvy Ten Rules/Guidelines for People Conclusion Glossary Appendix 1. Principal Responsibilities Appendix 2. Operating Styles Appendix 3. Project Charter Sample Appendix 4. Capacity to Act Assessment Appendix 5. Position Sketch Appendix 6. Newmann's Model Appendix 7. Decision Requirements Table Appendix 8. Uncritical Inference Test References Index