ERIC Number: ED314826
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: 0
Instructional Leadership: How Principals Make a Difference.
Smith, Wilma F.; Andrews, Richard L.
Educators have great moral, ethical, and legal obligations to create schools where all students can achieve their full potential and receive an equal opportunity to succeed in society. Central to that goal are principals who act as instructional leaders. Drawing upon literature, research, and case studies of principals in practice, the first four of six chapters present a clear portrait of the instructional leader. Principals with very different communication, management, and personal styles can all be strong instructional leaders. Possessing the key qualities of resource provider, instructional resource, communicator, and visible presence, strong instructional leaders spend a substantially greater percentage of time on educational program improvement. Consistent with current literature on organizational theory and practice, this book emphasizes the importance of the underlying themes and values that hold a system together. Additionally, a clinical supervision model requiring the supervisor to observe the principal in action, to discuss relevant issues and provide feedback, and to develop a plan for the principal's evaluation is provided. Appended is a zero-base job analysis questionnaire, the score sheet and instructions, a discussion of administrative job dimensions, a time analysis sheet, and a time summary sheet. (87 references) (KM)
Descriptors: Administrator Effectiveness, Administrator Evaluation, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Leadership, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Responsibility, Principals, School Administration, School Supervision, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Supervision
Publications, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 125 N. West Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 (Stock No. 611-89142; $14.95).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.