Bringing Out the Best in Teachers: What Effective Principals Do
"Reading this book is like having a conversation with several great colleagues sharing their ideas and expertise. The ideas and suggestions are clear, relevant, and doable. This book is inspiring!"
Teachers reveal how principals can empower them to perform their best!
What strategies do great principals use to influence teachers, students, and classroom instruction? This best-selling book by Joseph Blase and Peggy C. Kirby, now in its third edition, provides the answers from the teachers themselves.
New material in this revised edition compares the authors′ original research findings with recent literature on transformational leadership, school productivity, and adult learning, as well as the ISLLC and ELCC standards. Such comparisons underscore the continued timeliness and timelessness of this teacher′s-eye view of effective school leadership. The book offers strategies and related practices that allow leaders to
Ideal for experienced or aspiring school principals, this enlightening and compact resource provides invaluable perspectives on how to motivate and inspire classroom teachers.
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... them and exactly how such influence affects their teaching and, more generally, their work with students. ... goals and strategies of influence are inconsistent with school goals and teachers' professional norms and expectations.
These authors noted, for instance, that principals who provide extra academic work for outstanding students or who encourage students to take highly challenging courses contribute to the characteristics of high expectations and clear ...
... leadership and teacher motivation, school climate, and student achievement (Leithwood et al., 1996b, 2004a, 2004b). ... (4) modeling best practices and organizational values, (5) demonstrating high performance expectations, ...
Increases in teacher motivation appear to have a direct effect on classroom practices and may also affect student learning ... Generally, teachers attempt to comply with the expectations principals implied in the use of praise.
... seldom are we certain that what we actually do in the classroom positively affects students' lives. ... difficulties of assessing individual student outcomes and the quality of teaching, as well as of multiple role expectations (pp.
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CHAPTER 8 POSITIVE USE OF FORMAL AUTHORITY
CHAPTER 9 MIRRORS TO THE POSSIBLE
CHAPTER 10 CONCLUSIONS CAVEATS AND CHALLENGES
RESEARCH METHODS AND PROCEDURES