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ERIC Number: EJ1080830
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
From the Field: Learning Leaders
Weigel, Kathleen; Jones, Richard
Journal for Leadership and Instruction, v14 n1 p44-48 Spr 2015
Leadership is essential to successful schools. One of the ways to support effective school leadership is to share ideas and best practices to address the common challenges faced by school leaders. This question and response format addresses common challenges and questions from practicing school leaders in the manner that a mentor might respond to a question from a new administrator seeking to improve his or her craft. Leadership has been shown to be the second most important characteristic, next to teachers, in raising student achievement. Instructional leaders must have a clear target for instructional improvement. Principal behaviors for being an instructional leader include providing a context for instructional improvement. Context is the precondition of culture necessary for instructional improvement. This includes staff relationships, opportunities to collaborate, accountability for collaboration, access to data and a sense of urgency. In the first half of this article, tips for school leaders such as reflecting on how time is used, making classroom observations a priority, and breaking the cycle are discussed. Using the same question and answer format, the second half of the article focuses on how school leaders can identify and manage passionate people. Passion is a key element to any team's success. Passion originates with core values and goals. Passion exists in the individual and may create occasional conflicts in teams trying to reach consensus in their work. When passion appears to be an obstacle to a team moving forward, it may be time to reaffirm team and organization goals and redirect that passion toward productive team efforts. Tips for administrators include: (1) Don't confuse power play with passion; (2) encourage passion, discourage emotional outbursts; (3) Don't be quick to remove passionate people; (4) Don't escalate the noise; and (5) Reconnect passionate people with team goals.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
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