The best leaders use multiple frames to view common challenges and to solve the most difficult problems. A series of dialogues between a novice and a master teacher and between a new and a seasoned principal demonstrate how framing--and then reframing--challenges brings clarity....
|Title||:||Reframing the Path to School Leadership: A Guide for Teachers and Principals|
|Number of Pages||:||144 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Reframing the Path to School Leadership: A Guide for Teachers and Principals Reviews
Easy read with some great take-aways about being a good leader and a good "follower." I put follower in quotes because there can be only one building principal & there are lessons in here on how to work with administration to use your own power within the school. While some of the scenarios are far-fetched (as another reviewer pointed out most teachers don't have this many off site meetings) the book still delivers some strong, clear messages. It is valuable advice and seems to be rooted in research.
Clearly written and practical. The four frames (political, human resources, structural, symbolic) bring a new appreciation to the way that schools are governed and how values are developed and instilled by school leaders.
The scenarios are relevant to the professional experience of teachers and principals. Bolman and Deal do an excellent job of demonstrating how to navigate different situations through the frameworks of human resources, politics, symbolism, and strategy. It emphasizes the importance of relationships and the various purposes they can serve. Although you get a sense of their struggles, you also get a sense of their celebrations. My only criticism of the story is the unrealistic gatherings at restaurants and peoples' homes after school hours to discuss issues. Nowadays, those are too risky. People are too complicated emotionally and not mature enough to smoothly arrange ways to deal with problems. The best aspect of the book is the significance of balancing the system and the spirit.
This was a quick read about school leadership. It was interesting in that it explained the four lenses or frames (political, human resources, structural, and symbolic) in an easy to understand story that felt like a novel. You follow a first-year teacher and a first-year principal at the same school who each make the same mistakes that those new in their respective positions normally make. The two characters learn from their mistakes and use the four frames to improve their effectiveness. I liked the connections the authors make between being a new teacher and a new administrator.
A really enjoyable and thought-provoking read. While it is a quick read (I read it in about 2-3 hours, or one sitting), one should linger over its message. I would love it if some of my colleagues were to read this book in light of some of the new things we are doing in our school.
This was a very helpful book for young novice leaders and teachers. Deal and Bolman pack-in much useful information about how to handle the daily issues that arise in classrooms and administrative offices during the first year on the job.
A book for my NJExcel classes that I'm actually enjoying. Reads like a novel. Any teacher or administrator would appreciate it.