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ERIC Number: EJ826984
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6439
Joy & Resilience: Strange Bedfellows
Patterson, Jerry L.; Goens, George A.; Reed, Diane E.
School Administrator, v65 n11 p28-29 Dec 2008
Joy does not come easily to superintendents. The path is often strewn with conflict, adversity and crises. In their own experience supporting superintendents across the country, the authors have learned that joy in the face of adversity accrues primarily to superintendents who demonstrate the elements of resilience. Resilient superintendents possess the ability to recover, learn and grow stronger when confronted by chronic or crisis adversity. In this article, the authors suggest that in the face of adversity, superintendents must call upon three broad skill sets to be resilient: (1) resilience thinking skills; (2) resilience capacity skills; and (3) resilience action skills. Examples of superintendents who have developed these skill sets serve as models for others.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A