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ERIC Number: EJ831301
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1931-6569
How to Survive the Politics of School Administration
Searby, Linda; Williams, Connie
AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, v4 n3 p11-19 Fall 2007
School superintendents meet situations that range from those that require quick thinking to those that need thoughtful reflection and long-range planning. But almost every challenge requires some degree of political thinking and behavior. The authors have witnessed many school leaders get into sticky predicaments as a result of trying to maneuver through the politics surrounding the business of education. In this article, the authors propose five strategies for dealing with the politics school administrators encounter. Their advice is to "A"nticipate, "F"orm Alliances, "L"isten, "A"ctivate Networks, and "C"ommunicate. If school administrators practice these behaviors, they can be proactive and better prepared to handle political issues. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A