This book offers key tools and tactics that help school leaders navigate the complex and busy work of improving a school, allowing them to maintain success during the full calendar year. Through practical guidance and "Have to Do" strategies, School Leadership through the Seasons breaks down the challenges of leading a school into manageable steps that align with the seasons of the year. After reading this book, you’ll be able to: implement school improvement processes at high levels, build a culture and climate that promotes safety and learning, and respond to student and staff needs.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Section I: Sowing the Field: Commitments
Chapter 2: Implementation of School Improvement Processes at High Levels
Chapter 3: Development of a Safe Culture that Promotes Learning
Chapter 4: Use of a Growth Mindset to Develop and Enhance Professional Capitol
Section II: Seasons: Working the Field to Yield Higher Results
Chapter 5: Fall: Starting the Year with Clarity and Focus
Chapter 6: Winter: Making the Work Happen through Implementation and Monitoring
Chapter 7: Spring: Staying the Course while Looking Forward
Chapter 8: Summer: Reflecting, Refining, and Planning
Ann T. Mausbach is Assistant Professor for Educational Leadership at Creighton University and formerly held positions as an assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, coordinator of staff development, director of curriculum, and director of elementary education.
Kim Morrison is the principal of an urban middle school located in the Midwest and has been in elementary and district administration for over fifteen years.
"This text is a superior primer for the aspiring school leader as well as a ‘how-to’ manual for current school principals. Using easy to understand analogies and examples of administrative practice, the authors offer a progressive systemic approach to leading schools."
--Michael Pregot, Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, Long Island University
"In this research-based, tried and true, step-by-step guide, the authors break down the complex task of school improvement in a way that helps administrators and schools achieve positive results. Using theories backed up by real-life examples, the authors simplify the complexities of school improvement to a degree that any educational leader can benefit and increase positive results in their team, school, or district."
--Jason Plourde, Director of Secondary Education, Council Bluffs Community Schools, IA
"Mausbach and Morrison provide timely and precise tools, processes, strategies, and examples that every principal can utilize to improve professional capital within their school, and create a growth-minded system and a culture targeting student learning."
--Kim Tierney, Principal, Waukee Community School District, IA
"With a balance of theory and practical application, this book will assist any educator in improving student performance."
--Matt Saferite, Staff Development Coordinator, Bentonville Schools, AR, and Adjunct Instructor of Educational Leadership, Bethel University