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ERIC Number: ED495632
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May-11
Pages: 224
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-4129-1609-7
Transforming the Culture of School Leadership: Humanizing Our Practice
Giancola, Joseph M.; Hutchison, Janice
Corwin Press
How do successful schools create meaningful change? How can stakeholders improve and impact final decisions in the change process? Lasting organizational improvement and effective leadership blossom in climates of compassion, trust, and productive relationships. The authors describe the key to true organizational transformation in the one-on-one conversations and relationships that take place in a school. Personal transformation, one person at a time, is the key to building a team of educators who are heading in the same direction for the best interests of students, teachers, and administrators. This exploration of the Humane Dimension of school leadership illustrates the lasting effects of transformed school cultures. "Transforming the Culture of School Leadership" melds research, theory, and the spiritual aspects of educational leadership to demonstrate how to encourage personal transformation. Giancola and Hutchison draw on a combined 50 years of classroom and school experience to relate their observations about the Humane Dimension including: (1) Developing a team before developing a vision; (2) Creating a climate of win/win consensus building, negotiating, and decision making; (3) Helping team members become leaders; and (4) Implementing curriculum-driven staff development. A culture of transformation nurtured through the Humane Dimension improves districts, strengthens schools, and empowers educators! Following a foreword by Richard Hawthorne and a preface, this book presents nine chapters: (1) Introduction to the Humane Dimension; (2) Humane Dimension Component 1: Communication Based on Trust; (3) Humane Dimension Component 2: Empowering Relationships; (4) Humane Dimension Component 3: Other-Centered Purpose; (5) Humane Dimension Component 4: Personal and Organizational Transformation; (6) Elements of a Transformed Leadership Culture; (7) Elements of a Transformed Teacher Culture; (8) Handling Challenges and Pitfalls; and (9) Evidence of the Humane Dimension in Schools. This book concludes with six resources; a list of references and suggested readings; and an index.
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
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