Every day, school leaders across the country are having to make difficult decisions in this economically demanding environment. If you are a leader facing this challenge in your own school or district, this is the book you need! Experienced educators Johnston and Williamson offer practical advice to help you tackle a variety of tough issues, including staff reductions and program termination. You’ll learn how to…
Each chapter is filled with tips, tools, exercises, and mini-cases to help you apply these ideas to your own situation. You’ll gain the confidence and knowledge to manage your budget while ensuring your students get the full benefit of a quality education.
"Navigating the complexities of the educational landscape is a challenge, at best. Translating the reality emanating from this complexity into strategic and tactical action designed to build collective capacity and improve student performance is even more challenging.
Johnston and Williamson have created a practical and reader-friendly ‘travel guide’ that steers the reader through obstacles and opportunities confronting school leaders. Your route to success is enhanced by the authors’ experience and informed perspective."
--Richard A. Flanary, Deputy Executive for Programs & Services, National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
"Johnston and Williamson have taken a challenging topic for school officials—lack of funding—and provided practical strategies for school leaders and educators. The Four Rs for leading schools—Reduce, Refine, Restructure, and Regenerate—offer real school examples and scenarios to respond to the changes in the education landscape. School leaders faced with similar problems will find this book a valuable resource."
--William D. Waidelich, EdD, CAE, Executive Director, Association for Middle Level Education
Meet the Authors
Part 1: Welcome to the New Normal
Chapter 1: Good News, Bad News: Introducing the Landscape of the New Normal
Part 2: Leading and Prospering in the New Normal Environment
Chapter 2: Critical role of leadership in the new normal environment
Chapter 3: Leadership Competencies and Skills for the New Normal Environment
Chapter 4: Changing leader roles
Part 3: Strategies for Prospering in the New Normal Environment: The Four Rs.
Chapter 5: Reducing the Budget
Chapter 6: Refining School Practices and Stretching the School Dollar
Chapter 7: Re-prioritize School Goals and Functions
Chapter 8: Regenerate with Partnerships and Sponsorships
Chapter 9: Regenerate with Fees, Grants, Contracts and Entrepreneurial Activity
Part 4: Tools and Strategies
Chapter 10: Leadership Tools and Strategies
Chapter 11: Technology Tools
Resources and References