ERIC Number: ED450462
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
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The Principal's Keys: Unlocking Leadership & Learning. Successline's SMART Strategies Series.
Burgess, David G.
Standards-based education is likely to remain prevalent in education far into the future. Effective leaders must protect and support teachers, who are the heart of every school. Chapter 1, "The First Key: Understanding Motivation," explores the importance of motivation in promoting change in schools. Teachers and staff can choose to change schools when they have the competence to change, believe potential consequences make efforts to change worthwhile, and perceive a connection to caring colleagues as they attempt to change. Chapter 2, "The Second Key: Communication Skills," argues communication is central during the critical stages of the problem-solving model, including defining problems and exploring solutions. Chapter 3, "The Third Key: Self-Directed Teams," explains the importance of teamwork in generating support for the steps necessary to carry out changes. Effective teamwork requires sharing responsibility, values, and standards of quality. Chapter 4, "The Fourth Key: Continuous Learning," demonstrates the need for principals to continually improve the system within which teachers work to achieve improvements in instructional processes. Chapter 5, "What Are a Leader's Values?" explores such important values as responsibility for one's actions, respect for self, others, and school property, and the importance of hard work. Chapter 6, "What Is a Discovery School?" defines the essential characteristics of effective schools, leadership, and teamwork. Essential assumptions of discovery schools include the primacy of student achievement in measuring success, the need for a community of learners, and the foundational role of team learning. (Contains one appendix, "Assorted Leadership Tools Cross-Referenced to the Text," and a bonus section, "Additional Resources, Training Aids, Forms".) (TEJ)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Leadership, Leaders Guides, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Responsibility, Lifelong Learning, Motivation Techniques, Organizational Development, Professional Development, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Empowerment, Teacher Motivation, Team Training, Total Quality Management
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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