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ERIC Number: EJ777076
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Real Principals Listen
Glover, Eric
Educational Leadership, v65 n1 p60-63 Sep 2007
Many teachers fear that their chances to influence decisions about their profession are eroding. Principals must change this perception so that teachers feel empowered as school leaders. Drawing on the work of communications consultant William Isaacs, Glover discusses how principals can engage in communication that encourages teacher leadership by fostering the conversational practices of dialogue and discussion rather than debate (which Isaacs terms unproductive defensiveness). He draws on his experience as principal at an elementary school in Los Alamos, New Mexico. The Los Alamos school district was pushing for standards-based-instruction and assessments, and teachers were skeptical. Glover intentionally practiced skills of deep listening, respecting others, suspending assumptions, and voicing personal truths to encourage dialogue within his school. He extended these skills into the process of developing a new 3rd grade report card, which surfaced seemingly conflicting views between the 3rd grade teachers and district administrators.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 3
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico