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Organize, Communicate, Empower!
How Principals Can Make Time for Leadership


February 2004 | 136 pages | Corwin
Are you frustrated by the little amount of time you have to serve as an instructional leader?

If so, Organize, Communicate, Empower! has been written just for you! Instructional leaders need a wide range of skills and talents to be effective in today's schools and this resource will provide a variety of practical strategies and tools for efficiently handling all the details in order to increase your productivity. Organize, Communicate, Empower! will help you become the instructional leader you've always planned to be.  

This text highlights techniques, skills, and strategies related to Organization, Communication, and Empowerment—three key areas essential for effective performance as an educational leader. Readers will glean tips on:  

Organization:

  • Systems for organizing files for easy retrieval of information
  • Strategies for prioritizing and managing tasks, as well as organizing and maintaining records related to staff performance
  • Techniques for managing long-range projects to meet deadlines
Communication:

  • Practical strategies for assigning tasks and monitoring progress
  • Processes for streamlining regular communication between staff and parents
  • Techniques for efficiently communicating weekly events and schedules with staff
Empowerment:

  • Strategies for the development of site leadership teams
  • Techniques for collaborating with teams in the development of goals
  • Processes for empowering staff to take on team leadership roles

 
Preface
 
About the Author
 
Acknowledgments
 
Dedication
 
Introduction
 
Section I. Organization
 
1. Organization of the Facility
Files

 
Stackable Shelves

 
Meeting Space

 
Hallways and Community Areas

 
Chapter Review

 
 
2. Organization of Time
Getting Organized From the Start

 
Appointments and Messages

 
First Things First

 
Chapter Review

 
 
3. Organization of Programs
Developing Learning Blocks

 
Learning Expectations

 
Monitoring Student Progress

 
Professional Development Plans

 
Monitoring Staff

 
Chapter Review

 
 
Section II. Communication
 
4. Communicating With Building Staff
Planning and Preparation

 
Forms of Communication

 
Genuine Listening

 
Group Processing Strategies

 
Chapter Review

 
 
5. Communicating With Parents and Community Members
Visibility

 
Written Communication Basics

 
Forms of Written Communication

 
Face-to-Face Communication

 
Chapter Review

 
 
6. Communicating With District Personnel
Considering the District Viewpoint

 
Communicating Building Needs

 
Managing the District Paper Trail

 
Sharing Building Information

 
Chapter Review

 
 
Section III. Empowerment
 
7. Giving Up Control and Extending Support
Trust

 
Planning and Communicating

 
Support

 
Chapter Review

 
 
8. Designing and Implementing Leadership Teams
Identifying Team Outcomes

 
Forming a Leadership Team

 
Steps to Ensure Team Success

 
Chapter Review

 
 
9. Using Data to Empower and Gain Staff Commitment
Serving as the Tour Guide

 
Serving as the Law Enforcement Officer

 
Chapter Review

 
 
Closing Remarks
 
Resources
 
References

"Shaver has captured the basic elements for success for novice principals and assistant principals. In a friendly, conversant style, she describes many logistical aspects of the job, giving multiple suggestions for ways to make these less of a burden for the school leader."

Janet Kruse Alcorn, Director
Tointon Institute for Educational Change, University of Northern Colorado

"As the face of education continues to change, Organize, Communicate, Empower! fills a major gap for educational leaders. It provides clear, straightforward direction on how to develop a successful school system where staff, parents, and students play a vital role."

David Stewart, West Virginia Superintendent of Schools
West Virginia Department of Education

"This is a practical ‘how to be successful in the early years’ book for school leaders and a wonderful resource for practicing veterans."

Rich Rusak, Senior Consultant
Synergy Development Group, L.L.C.

"This resource highlights skills and strategies that can help school leaders balance daily duites and increase productivity."

Educational Research Services' ERS Bulletin, June 2004
Key features

 

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1: Organization of the Faculty


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