The purpose of our book is to share with our readers some insights we have acquired over the years in our administrative experience implementing change and reforms. Two areas that are critical for any reform to succeed are the way communications and conflicts are handled. We have included a chapter on interpersonal communications that describes five basic communication skills. We have also included a chapter on conflict with provides a number of insights on how to handle conflicts and how to avoid conflicts. Successfully dealing with communications and conflict are essential for improving levels of openness and trust Crucial for school culture and climate are low levels of openness and trust. There is little agreement amongst faculty that they are open and trusting with each other. This creates a guarded environment where energy is being spent in a protective mode. Motivation that should go towards improving instruction is diverted to make sure teachers stay out of trouble. Improving levels of openness and trust is a thread throughout the book, as is the concept of servant leadership. If administrators and teachers are perceived as servants as opposed to self-serving, an improvement in levels of openness and trust will result. The authors describe a number of activities for principals so they can practice the servant leadership style that is essential in order to enhance a school s culture and climate. One of the activities addresses bullying behavior. Bullying behavior must be addressed if there is to be a positive school culture and climate."
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
Dr. Cletus R. Bulach is a career educator with experience as a teacher, school administrator, and university professor of educational leadership. His research and numerous publications have been on school culture and climate, bullying behavior, character education, and leadership development.
Dr. Fred C. Lunenburg is a career educator with experience as a teacher, school administrator, and university professor of educational leadership. He has authored or co-authored 26 books and more than 200 journal articles in the areas of educational leadership and supervision.
Dr. Les Potter is a career educator with experience as a teacher, school administrator, and university professor of educational leadership. He has over 90 publications in books, chapters, book reviews, and articles educational journals.
Table of Contents
PART 1: SCHOOL REFORM PROCESSES
Chapter 1: Four Types of School Culture
PART 2: SCHOOL REFORM PROCESSES
Chapter 2: A Four-Step Process for Identifying and Reshaping the Culture of a School
Chapter 3: Implementing a Plan to Improve the Climate and Culture of the School
PART 3: SCHOOL REFORM PROCESSES
Chapter 4: Power and Authority: Nine Techniques for Motivating Faculty and Students
PART 4: SCHOOL REFORM PROCESSES
Chapter 5: A Character Education Program That Is the Foundation of a High Performing School
Appendix A: Supervisory Climate Behaviors
Appendix B: A Report of Caring Behaviors
Appendix C: School Climate Graph
Appendix D: Instructional Improvement Survey
Appendix E: Selected Character Traits and Their Corresponding Behaviors