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What Every Principal Should Know About Collaborative Leadership
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What Every Principal Should Know About Collaborative Leadership


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School Management | Team Building

October 2005 | 152 pages | Corwin

Collaborate to alleviate stress and elevate success!

The demands on today's principals can be overwhelming in their complexity. More than ever, it is critical for principals to engage in meaningful collaboration empowering staff, parents, community members, and students with a voice in making decisions and making a difference.

By drawing on the collective wisdom of the school's stakeholders, principals can promote a sense of shared conviction and responsibility for heightened levels of success-and this guide will help you get there. It offers a proven three-phased collaborative leadership approach, covering best practices for: Team building-including 10 characteristics of successful teams, "25 Questions" exercise, and team assessments; Action research-highlighting the three forms of action research, plus steps for implementation; and Shared decision making-with emphasis on developing teacher leaders.

This fifth volume of a seven-part leadership series features reader-friendly tools including:

  • Insightful questionnaire and response analysis
  • Case study with reflective questions
  • "What You Should Know About" sections framing each chapter
  • Self-Assessment resources
  • "In-basket Simulations" exploring real-life examples

Other titles in this leadership series:

What Every Principal Should Know About Leadership
What Every Principal Should Know About Operational Leadership
What Every Principal Should Know About School-Community Leadership
What Every Principal Should Know About Instructional Leadership
What Every Principal Should Know About Strategic Leadership
What Every Principal Should Know About Cultural Leadership
What Every Principal Should Know About Ethical and Spiritual Leadership 


 
Dedication
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Questionnaire: Before We Get Started…
 
1. Introduction
Case Study and Reflective Questions

 
 
2. Best Practices in Team Building
Leading with Passion, Vision Building, and Teamwork

 
Ten Characteristics of Successful Teams

 
Assessing your Leadership Style

 
Draw a Pig

 
The Twenty-Five Questions Team-Development Exercise

 
Team Effectiveness Critique

 
Conclusion

 
 
3. Action Research as Best Practice for Collaboration
Action Research for Collaboration and More

 
Benefits of Action Research

 
Steps in Action Research

 
Three Forms of Action Research

 
Action Research in Action

 
Guidelines for Implementing Action Research

 
Conclusion

 
 
4. Best Practices in Shared Decision Making
Encouraging Teacher Leadership

 
Site-Based Management

 
Conclusion

 
 
Conclusion: Making Collaborative Leadership a Reality
 
Resource A: Realities of Collaborative Leadership: In-Basket Simulations
 
Resource B: Assessing Your Role in Teamwork
 
Resource C: Assessing Your Role in Action Research
 
Resource D: Assessing Your Role in Shared Decision Making
 
Resource E: An Annotated Bibliography of Best Resources
 
References
 
Index

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1


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ISBN: 9781412915908
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