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The Principalship New Roles in a Professional Learning Community

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Summary

The Principalship allows readers to gain a broader, more complex and accurate understanding of school administrator leadership in today’s learning communities while presenting an expansive view of leadership within schools not limited to the responsibilities of the principal, but including those of assistant principals, administrators, teachers, and students. This innovative first edition text presents a complete picture of the principal as school administrator, community builder, advocate, manager, mentor, supervisor, politician, leader and learner.

The Principalship covers the importance of learning: the learning of principals, the learning of other professionals, and especially the learning of students. School improvement is not possible without this across-the-board learning and exploration, and this text places a strong emphasis on this simple but often-overlooked aspect of school communities.

Today’s school systems are faced with a number of fresh challenges: changing student populations, rapidly expanding research knowledge, increasing accountability requirements, federal and state policy demands, and escalating expectations for school services.

This book will help aspiring school leaders to bridge the gap between traditional conceptualizations of the principal and more innovative, functional, and multifaceted conceptualizations that respond to the changing conditions and higher demands of contemporary learning communities.

Author Biography

Joseph Matthews is Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Foundations at Brigham Young University. Dr. Matthews teaches courses in school principalship, leadership theory, and supervision. He has written for both national and regional publications co-authored three books: Being and Becoming a Principal (2003, Allyn & Bacon); Leadership: A Relevant and Realistic Role for Principals (1996, Eye on Education); and Finding One’s Way: How Mentoring Can Lead to Dynamic Leadership (1998, Corwin Press).He has served as a high school teacher and principal in three different states.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1

New Conceptions of the Principalship in a Professional Learning Community

Vignette

Introduction

Role Conceptions

Principalship and Leadership

The Definition of Leadership

Professional Learning Community

Principals and Professional Learning Community in a Global, Knowledge Society

Learning about Leadership

Principal Leadership in Practice

Eight Role Conceptions for the Principalship

Principal as Learner

Principal as Culture Builder

Principal as Advocate

Principal as Leader

Principal as Mentor

Principal as Supervisor

Principal as Manager

Principal as Politician

Conclusion

Activities

Self Reflection Activities

Peer Reflection Activities

Course Activities

Websites

 

CHAPTER 2

Historical View of the Principal’s Role

Vignette

Introduction

Origin of the Principalship

Origin of the Assistant Principal Role

Women and Minorities in the Principalship

Interacting Elements that Have Influenced the Principal’s Role

Changing Social Demographics of Cities and Schools

Academic Study and State Licensure Requirements

Professional Associations

Practice of School Leaders

Conceptual Frameworks Influencing the Principalship Role

Moral and Ethical Leadership

Social and Community Leadership

Instructional Leadership

School Reform and Implications to the Role of School Principals

Contemporary Conditions and Implications

Conclusion

Activities

Self Reflection Activities

Peer Reflection Activities

Course Activities

 

CHAPTER 3

Professional Learning Communities as School Reform

Vignette

Introduction

Educational Reform and Professional Learning Communities

Understanding Community

Various Models of a Professional Learning Community

Elements in a Professional Learning Community

The Case for Professional Learning Communities

Barriers to the Development of Professional Learning Communities

The Principal’s Role in Developing a Professional Learning Community in a School

The Principal’s Focus on Student Learning

Principal’s and Assistant Principal’s Functions in Developing and Facilitating Professional Learning Communities

Conclusion

Activities

Self Reflection Activities

Peer Reflection Activities

Course Activities

 

CHAPTER 4

The Principal as Learner

Vignette

Introduction

Learning: Transmission versus Construction

The Traditional Conception of Learning

The Constructivist Conception of Learning

Adult Learning

Principal as Learner

Importance of Learning in a Knowledge Society

Four Components of Principal as Learner

Principal as Facilitator

Supporting a Professional Learning Community to Enhance Learning Capacity

Schools as Learning Organizations

Principal’s Role in Facilitating Learning Organizations

The Roles of the Assistant Principal and Teacher Leaders for Building and Cultivating Learning Capacity

Principal’s role with teacher leaders

Conclusion

Activities

Self Reflection Activities

Peer Reflection Activities

Course Activities

 

Table 4.2 Senge’s Five Disciplines

Senge’s Five Disciplines

Personal mastery

Mental models

Building shared vision

Team learning

Systems thinking- The Fifth Discipline that integrates the other 4

 

CHAPTER 5

Principal as Culture Builder

Vignette

Introduction

A Cultural Perspective for Learning in Community

Defining School Culture

Understanding a School’s Existing Culture

Toxic Cultures

Outcomes of Strong School Cultures

Principal Leadership in Creating, Maintaining, and Changing Culture

Creating School Culture

Maintaining School Culture

Changing School Culture

The Principal Facilitating Others in Understanding and Developing Culture

Facilitating Internal Veterans in Understanding and Developing Culture

Facilitating Newcomers in Understanding and Developing Culture

Facilitating External Constituents in Understanding and Developing Culture

Facilitating a Culture Change

Leadership Teams as Culture-Builders

Conclusion

Activities

Self Reflection Activities

Peer Reflection Activities

Course Activities

Websites

 

CHAPTER 6

Principal as Advocate

Vignette

Introduction

Social Justice as a Basis for Advocacy

Components of Social Justice

Social Justice in a Professional Learning Community

Leadership as Transformative

Definition and Elements of Advocacy

The Moral Criteria for Advocacy

The Legal Criterion for Advocacy

The Thoughtfulness Criterion for Advocacy

Principals and Social Justice

Your Own Identity Within a Social Justice Context

Barriers to the Role Within a Social Justice Context

Priorities Within a Social Justice Context

Principal as Advocate

Advocate for the Whole Child and for All Students

Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity

Religious Diversity

Language Diversity

Poverty and Social Class

Gender

Sexual Orientation

Students with Special Needs

Gifted and Talented Students

Students Placed At-Risk

Being an Advocate for the School

Multicultural Education Programs

Bilingual Education

Special Education

Gifted and Talented Programs

Title I

Alternative Education Programs

Advocate for the Community

Principal as Facilitator of Others’ Advocacy

Conclusion

Activities

Self Reflection Activities

Peer Reflection Activities

Course Activities

Websites

 

CHAPTER 7

Becoming a Leader in a Professional Learning Community

Vignette

Introduction

The Nature of Principal Leadership

Leadership from External Sources

Leadership from Internal Sources

Principal Leadership

Leadership Literature

Popular Literature

Professional Literature

Scholarly Literature

Research on Leadership

Trait Approaches

Behavior Approaches

Contingency Approaches

Leadership as a Relationship

Leadership as an Organizational Feature

Moral Leadership

How Useful Is Research on Leadership?

The Purpose of Principal Leadership

Defining Significant School Change and Reform

Creating a Collective Vision

Principal Leadership in Vision Building

The Principal’s Roles as Visionary Leader

The Dark Side of Visions

Challenges of Vision Building

Communicating the Vision

Principal as Facilitator of Leadership in Others

Teacher Empowerment

Facilitating Others in Vision Building

Facilitating Others in Collaboration

Approaches to Collaborative Decision Making

Collaborative Teaming

Conclusion

Activities

Self Reflection Activities

Peer Reflection Activities

Course Activities

Websites

 

Chapter 8

The Principal as Mentor

Vignette

Introduction

Introduction to Mentoring

The Nature of Mentoring

Mentoring Roles and Functions

Participants of Mentoring

Content of Mentoring

Processes of Mentoring

Benefits and Pitfalls of Mentoring

Benefits of Mentoring

Pitfalls of Mentoring

The Principal’s Role in Mentoring

Mentoring New Teachers

Mentoring New Teachers in Professional Development

Reflective Mentoring

Mentoring New Teachers in Psychosocial Development

Mentoring New Teachers in Career Development

Selecting and Matching Teachers to Be Mentors: Two Perspectives

Mentor Training

Providing Support for Peer Mentoring

Mentoring Veteran Teachers

Mentoring Teacher Teams

The Principal as Facilitator of Mentoring of Veteran Teachers

Principal as Mentor of Students

Conclusion

Activities

Self Reflection Activities

Peer Reflection Activities

Course Activities

Websites

 

Chapter 9

Principal as Supervisor

Vignette

Introduction

Traditional Role of Principal as Supervisor

Historical Overview of the Supervisor’s Role

Elements of the Traditional Role of Principal as Supervisor

Traditional Supervisory Role of the Assistant Principal

The Principal’s Role in Direct Supervision: An Innovative Conception

Overview of the Innovative Role of Supervisor

Establishing a System of Accountability

Recruiting, Selecting, and Retaining Capable and Committed Educators

Retaining Qualified Teachers

Promoting Educator Growth

Fostering Teacher Practical Knowledge

Reflection

Inquiry

Establishing Trust

Evaluating Educational Results

The Regular Collection and Analysis of Student Performance Data

The Principal’s Role as Facilitator of Supervision

Why Supervision Should Be Shared

Elements of the Principal’s Role as Facilitator of Supervision

Establishing a System of Accountability

Recruiting, Selecting, and Retaining Capable and Committed Educators

Promoting Educator Growth

Building Trust with the Leadership Team

Evaluating Educational Results

Conclusion

Activities

Self Reflection Activities

Peer Reflection Activities

Course Activities

Websites

 

Chapter 10

Principal as Manager

Vignette

Introduction

The Principalship and Management Roots

Managing the Unexpected in a Professional Learning Community

Principal’s Direct Role in Managing the Unexpected

Supporting Information

Direct Role in Implementing the Professional Learning Community

Planning

Taking Action

Evaluating and Assessing

Managing through Technology

The Principal as Facilitator of Others in Management of a Professional Learning Community

Facilitating Support

Facilitating Others in Planning and Taking Action

Facilitating Others in Evaluating and Assessing

Institutionalizing a Professional Learning Community

Conclusion

Activities

Self Reflection Activities

Peer Reflection Activities

Course Activities

Websites

 

Chapter 11

Vignette

Introduction

Thinking Politically

Principal as Politician In the Society

Schools as Political Systems

Schools as Civil Societies

Schools as Democratic Institutions

Role of Principal as Politician in Society

Principal as Politician in the Community

Views of School-Community Relationships

Role of Principal as Politician in the Community

Principal as Politician In the District

Role of Principal as Politician in the District

Principal as Politician In the School

Role of Principal as Politician in the School

Assistant Principals as Politicians

The Principal as Facilitator of Others as Politicians

In the Society

In the Community

In the District

In the School

Building Social Capital in Professional Learning Communities

Students

Teachers

Conclusion

Activities

Self Reflection Activities

Peer Reflection Activities

Course Activities

Websites

 

Chapter 12

Becoming an Innovative Principal in a Professional Learning Community

Vignette

Introduction

Socialization: Learning a New Role

Nature of Socialization

Sources of Socialization

Stages of Socialization

Methods of Socialization

Individual Influences

Outcomes of Socialization

Focus of Socialization Outcomes

Types of Outcomes

Becoming a New Assistant Principal

Distinctive Features of the Socialization of Assistant Principals

Becoming a New Principal

Content of Socialization

Sources of Socialization

Stages of Socialization

Methods of Socialization

Outcomes of Socialization

Becoming an Innovative Mid-Career Principal

Unique Features of Mid-Career Socialization

Learning to Be an Innovative Principal at Mid-Career

Conclusion

Activities

Self Reflection Activity

Peer Reflection Activities

Websites

 

Chapter 13

Looking to the Future as a Principal

Vignette

Introduction

Societal Trends

Future Scenarios for the Principalship and Schools

Conclusion

Activities

Self Reflection Activities

Peer Reflection Activities

Course Activities



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