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Equipping prospective educational leaders with the tools to understand ISLLC standards and develop the skills to put them into practice, this problem-based text transforms theory into practice through realistic scenarios patterned after those that appear on national examinations. After presenting the two sets of standards that inform leadership and the organizations that develop them in the opening chapters,Practicing the Art of Leadershipexplores the full spectrum of educational leadership theories and their practical applications to actual classrooms and schools. This book also includes end-of-chapter pedagogical features that encourage critical thinking as well as a companion website that includes a practice performance assessment. The new third edition of this text has been expanded to include features that encourage active student participation and involvement with the text. An additional scenario-based exercise has been added to the end of each chapter along with an updated suggested reading list and website list that both aid in further student learning and research. Two new appendices have also been added - Appendix B includes a standards chart of each staters"s individual standards while Appendix C offers exam practice for the School Leader Licensure Examination.
Reginald Leon Green is Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Memphis.
Table of Contents
|Standards Informing School Leadership|
|The Emergence of Standards for School Leaders|
|The Use of Standards and Organizations That Create Them|
|Unpacking the ISLLC Standards|
|Other Organizations Using Standards|
|Transforming Standards into Practice|
|Establishing a Framework for Leadership|
|Leadership Traits, Characteristics, and Behaviors|
|Contingency and Situational Leadership Theories|
|Power and Authority|
|Bridging the Past and the Present|
|Contemporary Approaches to School Leadership|
|Developing a Collaborative Culture in Schools|
|A Definition of Organization|
|Schools as Organizations|
|Traditional Theories Influencing Contemporary Practice|
|Contemporary Postulates Informing Leadership in Schools|
|Enhancing Leadership Effectiveness Through Communication|
|The Importance of Effective Communication|
|The Communication Process|
|The Flow of Communication in Schools|
|Reducing Barriers to Effective Communication|
|Decision Making: Quality and Acceptance|
|Defining Decision Making|
|Approaches to Decision Making|
|Autocratic or Participatory Decision Making|
|Group Decision Techniques|
|Barriers and Traps That Inhibit Decision Effectiveness|
|Managing Conflict in Today's Schools|
|A Definition of Conflict|
|The Nature of Conflict in Schools|
|Sources of Conflict in Schools|
|How Individuals Respond to Conflict|
|Instructional Leadership and Change|
|Instructional Leadership Defined|
|The Concept of Instructional Change|
|Theories and Practices Informing Change|
|Implementing and Sustaining the Change Initiative|
|Addressing the Needs of All Students|
|The Interstate School Leader Licensure Standards and Indicators|
|Additional Scenarios for Analyses and Reflections|
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