Case Studies for Educational Leadership Solving Administrative Dilemmas

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  • Copyright: 2010-01-28
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Case Studies for Educational Leadershipgives educational leadership students an opportunity to project themselves into real-life administrative situations and prepare for their future positions in the field. Each case study contained in this practical first edition book asks students to analyze complex problems, consider the moral ramifications of their approach, think on their feet, and ultimately solve the issue at hand.   Appropriate as a supplemental text or a main text to a range of educational leadership courses, this text thoroughly presents the key areas of educational leadership, including instructional leadership; ethics and management; organization and development of curriculum and its alignment with instruction with assessment; supervision of personnel; school community relations and strategic planning; and diversity issues in educational leadership.   Features   ;Here's What Happened ; featuresfollowing each case study share the true-life story of a real school administrator and prepare readers for realistic situations.    ;Ethical consideration ; componentswithin each case study encourage students to reflect upon different approaches to solving the case studies, as well as the possible moral ramifications of each decision.  Covers multiple administrative positions, such as department chair, assistant principal, principal and central office administrator, preparing readers for a range of educational leadership positions.   ISLLC standards alignment and cross-reference chartsallow readers to draw parallels between standards and case studies.

Author Biography

Stephen Midlock has held an array of administrative positions in diverse school districts for the last two decades. These varied experiences have given him a rich background from which the case studies of this book have grown.  He presently is a tenure-track assistant professor in the College of Education at the University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Illinois.   

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
About the Authorp. xi
Using Case Studies and ISLLC Standards to Teach Future Educational Leadersp. 1
An Explanation of the ISLLC Standardsp. 1
Organization of Case Studies by ISLLC Standardp. 2
How to Use the Case Studies in This Bookp. 5
Homeworkp. 5
Spontaneous Responsep. 6
Jigsaw Activityp. 6
Nonlinguistic Activityp. 6
Instructional Leadershipp. 8
An All-Day Field Trip Impacts the Instructional Program (ISLLC Standard 2)p. 8
Kindergarten and the Twins: What Is Our Vision for Learning? (ISLLC Standard 1)p. 10
The High School Math Department: Are We Serving All Stakeholders? (ISLLC Standard 1)p. 12
Parents' Agreement: No Data Means "Get Rid of It!" (ISLLC Standard 3)p. 14
The Physical Education Dress Code and Its Fairness to All Students (ISLLC Standard 5)p. 17
The Social Studies Teacher and Ethical Behavior (ISLLC Standard 5)p. 18
State Tests and Ethics (ISLLC Standard 6)p. 19
The Uncompromising Math Teacher (ISLLC Standard 3)p. 20
The Walkout and Related Politics (ISLLC Standard 6)p. 22
Ethics and Managementp. 26
An Alleged Steroid User (ISLLC Standard 6)p. 27
Another Assistant Superintendent Falsely Accuses One of Your Staff (ISLLC Standard 5)p. 29
A Board Member's Son in a Fight (ISLLC Standard 3)p. 31
Cell Phones, a Bomb Threat, and a Building Evacuation (ISLLC Standard 3)p. 33
Differing Philosophies about Discipline (ISLLC Standard 5)p. 34
The Electricity Goes Out During the School Day: How to Manage This Situation (ISLLC Standard 3)p. 35
Ethics and the Principal's Decision (ISLLC Standard 5)p. 36
Misuse of the Rtl Initiative (ISLLC Standard 6)p. 38
A Murder Occurs a Block Away from the School: Maintaining a Safe Environment (ISLLC Standard 3)p. 39
Office Politics: How Does a Conscientious Administrator Deal with Them and Still Maintain a Vision for Learning? (ISLLC Standard 1)p. 41
Disposing of an Underground Storage Tank: Legalities and Politics (ISLLC Standard 6)p. 43
The Principal Has Turned the Faculty Against You: An Internal Public Relations Situation (ISLLC Standard 4)p. 46
The Superintendent Uses District Funds to Fix a District Car, Then Purchases It: What Is the Ethical Course of Action? (ISLLC Standard 5)p. 48
A Tornado Strikes at Night: Should I Leave My Family to Check on the Building? (ISLLC Standard 3)p. 50
Trying to Implement a "Zero-Based" Budget (ISLLC Standard 3)p. 51
Organization and Development of Curriculump. 54
Evaluating the Reading Curriculum Revision (ISLLC Standard 1)p. 55
Kindergarten Curriculum Revision: Promoting an Effective Learning Environment Amid Politics (ISLLC Standard 3)p. 56
The Life Skills Curriculum: Student Learning vs. Board Politics (ISLLC Standard 3)p. 59
The Math Curriculum Council: Professional Advancement vs. What's Best for Kids (ISLLC Standard 2)p. 61
Middle School Philosophy and Personal Beliefs Impact Student Learning Opportunities (ISLLC Standard 3)p. 64
The Mosquito Unit: When Ownership Takes Precedence over Student Learning (ISLLC Standard 2)p. 66
Selecting a New Reading Series: Let's Maintain a Focus! (ISLLC Standard 1)p. 68
Selling a New Assessment Initiative to Your Department (ISLLC Standard 2)p. 69
The Speech Teacher's Personal Agenda vs. the Instructional Program Goals (ISLLC Standard 3)p. 71
Supervision of Personnelp. 74
Assignment of Classrooms to Benefit a New Teacher (ISLLC Standard 5)p. 76
The Dynamic Reading Program Equals a Recipe for Success? (ISLLC Standard 2)p. 80
The First-Year Teacher and the Supervision Process (ISLLC Standard 2)p. 82
Four Internal Candidates Don't Get the Administrative Job (ISLLC Standard 6)p. 86
Jake's Classroom Management (ISLLC Standard 2)p. 87
The Outdoor Education Program That Goes Bad (ISLLC Standard 6)p. 92
The Move from Associate Chair to Department Chair: How to Evaluate My Predecessor (ISLLC Standard 3)p. 94
A New Assistant Superintendent Is Chosen Over an Internal Candidate (ISLLC Standard 3)p. 96
The Science Teacher's Seniority vs. the Instructional Program (ISLLC Standard 5)p. 100
School Community Relations and Strategic Planningp. 102
The Band Boosters and a Trailer: A School Community Relations Dilemma (ISLLC Standard 4)p. 103
The Central Office Snitch (ISLLC Standard 3)p. 105
Crisis Management: A Student Fatality (ISLLC Standard 5)p. 108
The Dumpster Incident: Internal and External Public Relations (ISLLC Standard 6)p. 109
Graduating Students' Families Get Into a Fight in the School Parking Lot (ISLLC Standard 4)p. 111
Let My Son Graduate Even Though He Failed Two Courses (ISLLC Standard 5)p. 113
Local Florist Complains About the Date of the Prom (ISLLC Standard 4)p. 114
Media Scoops and the School's Public Image (ISLLC Standard 4)p. 116
A Parent's Concerns About the Technology Curriculum (ISLLC Standard 4)p. 118
The Principal Bans the Local Newspaper Editor from the School (ISLLC Standard 4)p. 120
Students Against Drinking and Driving: A Good Idea Goes Bad (ISLLC Standard 3)p. 122
Students Drinking in Front of the School and the Political Implications (ISLLC Standard 6)p. 124
A Student Visa: A Neighboring District Charges Tuition (ISLLC Standard 4)p. 125
Diversity Issues in Educational Leadershipp. 128
Bilingual Issues (ISLLC Standard 4)p. 129
The Blind ELL Student: Who's Responsible? (ISLLC Standard 2)p. 131
Communication with a Stubborn Superintendent (ISLLC Standard 6)p. 133
Faculty Issues Related to Gender (ISLLC Standard 5)p. 135
Homosexuality Issues and a Board Meeting (ISLLC Standard 5)p. 136
Placement in the Gifted Program? (ISLLC Standard 3)p. 137
Pride and Snobbery Between School Districts (ISLLC Standard 5)p. 138
Here's What Happenedp. 141
Case Studiesp. 141
Cas Studiesp. 145
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Case Studiesp. 171
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