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.
... and Wahlstrom (2004b) have determined that leadership effects on student learning are actually underestimated, with the total direct and indirect effects comprising about a quarter of total school effects (Leithwood & Jantzi, 2000).
More relevant to the field of education has been the extensive work of Kenneth Leithwood (1994) and his colleagues (Leithwood & Jantzi, 2000; Leithwood et al., 1996b) who created surveys based on the MLQ to measure leadership in ...
Leithwood and Jantzi (1990) and Blase and Blase (1998) found that principals who rely on such strategies as staff development, communication about values, power sharing, and the use of symbols are able to foster collaborative ...
More directly, qualitative studies completed by Hanson (1976) and Leithwood and Jantzi (1990) explored different aspects of principal influence in relation to teachers; each generated some data regarding strategies.
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CHAPTER 2 THE POWER OF PRAISE
CHAPTER 3 INFLUENCING BY EXPECTING
CHAPTER 4 INFLUENCING BY INVOLVING
CHAPTER 5 GRANTING PROFESSIONAL AUTONOMY
CHAPTER 6 LEADING BY STANDING BEHIND
SUGGESTING VERSUS DIRECTING
CHAPTER 8 POSITIVE USE OF FORMAL AUTHORITY
CHAPTER 9 MIRRORS TO THE POSSIBLE
CHAPTER 10 CONCLUSIONS CAVEATS AND CHALLENGES
RESEARCH METHODS AND PROCEDURES