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Equipping prospective educational leaders with the tools to understand ISLLC standards and develop the skills to put them into practice, this problem-based text transforms theory into practice through realistic scenarios patterned after those that appear on national examinations.
After presenting the two sets of standards that inform leadership and the organizations that develop them in the opening chapters, Practicing the Art of Leadership explores the full spectrum of educational leadership theories and their practical applications to actual classrooms and schools. This book also includes end-of-chapter pedagogical features that encourage critical thinking as well as a companion website that includes a practice performance assessment.
The new third edition of this text has been expanded to include features that encourage active student participation and involvement with the text. An additional scenario-based exercise has been added to the end of each chapter along with an updated suggested reading list and website list that both aid in further student learning and research. Two new appendices have also been added — Appendix B includes a standards chart of each state’s individual standards while Appendix C offers exam practice for the School Leader Licensure Examination.
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The challenges in today's schools are increasing in frequency, complexity, and intensity, requiring school leaders to enter the schoolhouse with practical experience that prepares them to take immediate and definitive action regarding multifaceted issues. The need for the beginning administrator to have practical experience is so great that many universities are changing their leadership preparation programs to reflect a more practice-oriented approach. One organization advocating this change is the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC). The change advocated by this organization is very influential and offers a "new leadership paradigm," one that incorporates what ISLLC believes is required behavior for school leaders.
Through a series of six standards, ISLLC presents a common core of knowledge, disposition, and performances that link leadership to productive schools and enhance educational outcomes. The standards represent an effort to refine the skills of school leaders and to couple leadership with effective educational outcomes (ISLLC, 1996). These standards, the recommended changes in educational leadership preparation programs, and the development of other related performance assessment instruments have influenced a renewal of the approaches used to prepare school leaders. This change is occurring in terms of classroom instruction, assessment of leadership skills and attributes for licensure, and practical application of theoretical concepts.
This text is designed to support the new thrust by providing a series of scenarios that incorporate the behaviors informed by the ISLLC Standards. Also, theory is connected to practice in a manner that allows the prospective school leader an opportunity to reflect on problems and issues that exist in today's schools. A second, yet crucial, objective is to connect the standards and the literature on school leadership to scenarios, questions, and suggested solutions. In this regard, the indicators of the ISLLC Standards are embedded in the scenarios in both a positive and negative manner, allowing the reader to view their practical implications for school leaders.
Practicing the Art of Leadership: A Problem-based Approach to Implementing the ISLLC Standards is a compilation of scenarios and related exercises that represent the kinds of challenges and issues that surface in today's schools. It is Significantly different from the traditional case study format, which probes in an in-depth manner issues that build on one another and need to be resolved. Instead, this work recognizes that definitive action is extremely critical to the success of school leaders as they function on a day-to-day basis in a setting inherently filled with complex challenges.
This text is designed for use in a culminating course of a leadership preparation program. Therefore, the content is written based on the assumption that individuals who utilize it have already developed a basic knowledge of administrative theories and concepts that inform leadership behavior. However, if the text is used in an earlier course, it will need to be supplemented by a text that treats the theoretical concepts of leadership in a more comprehensive manner. The caution to be remembered in the use of this material (as with most behavioral material) is that there is no substitute for reflective reasoning. The reader must take care to select a solution based on the interrelationships between the people, the situation, the skills needed, and the environmental forces. An appropriate mix of theory, reflective thinking, and prescription must be identified.
I hope the prospective school leaders and the practitioners who read this text and work through the scenarios enjoy it and find it beneficial. Acknowledgments
I hereby gratefully acknowledge all the help, encouragement, support, and sacrifice given me by my wife, jean; my son, Reginald, who developed the charts; and my daughters, Cynthia, Stephanie, and especially Reginique, who motivated me to write this book.
Obviously, the contents of a work of this nature come from a number of sources. First and foremost, I express appreciation to all my leadership students at Wright State University and The University of Memphis for their reflections, assistance, and support during the many class sessions in which these scenarios were refined. Expressions of appreciation are also given to Georgia Edwards and Shirley Johnson, District 89, Maywood, Illinois; Dr. Lirah Sabir and Dr. William Sweet (retired), Memphis (Tennessee) City Schools; James Trent, Wright State University; Katheline Ware, Cincinnati (Ohio) Public Schools; and Dr. Thedore Myers and Dr. John Petry, The University of Memphis, for reviewing the scenarios and providing me with invaluable feedback. I am deeply indebted to Dr. Glynda Cryer, Memphis (Tennessee) City Schools, who read and proofed each and every draft.
In addition, the comments of the following reviewers were invaluable: Renee A. Alley Youngstown State University; Philip Arbaugh, Western Maryland College; Dale Brubaker, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Carol Carter-Lowery, Central Connecticut State University; Virginia Doolittle, Rowan University; Larry W Hughes, University of Houston; Jacqueline E. Jacobs, University of South Carolina; Judith A. Kerrins, California State University, Chico; Charles E. Kline, Purdue University; Frances Kochan; Auburn University; Price M. Michael, State University of West Georgia; and Robert Millward, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Reginald Leon GreenFrom the Back Cover:
Practicing the Art of Leadership: A Problem-Based Approach to Implementing the ISLLC Standards provides a compilation of scenarios that incorporate leadership behaviors informed by the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards. This text connects time-tested theories to practice while considering how today’s standards, accountability measures, and other societal demands change the skills you need to implement the principles of these theories.
Features for Your Success
- NEW! Scenarios and vignettes. An additional scenario-based exercise for each chapter has been added for each chater to Appendix A. These scenarios reflect the revisions being made to the national examination for school leaders. After reading each chapter and working through the added scenarios, you will have enhanced skills for addressing examination questions.
- NEW! Deeper foundation for leadership. Theoretical concepts forming the foundation section of each chapter have been strengthened, and new theoretical principles have been added.
- UPDATED! Suggested Readings. These sections at the end of each chapter have been updated and with additional sources. have been added.
- UPDATED! Website Lists. New websites have been added to the lists found at the end of each chapter. These sites provide support materials to enhance content understanding and strengthen the practical application of theoretical concepts.
- NEW! Standards Chart. Appendix B: States Using Standards and Assessment Measures to Inform Leadership Preparation and Assess Quality of School Leader Performance provides you with a brief description of your state’s leadership standards, ISLLC Standards indicator, the predominent purpose of those standards, and more.
- NEW! Exam Practice. Appendix C: Scenarios for Practice–Practicing for the School Leader Licensure Examination exten end of chapter licensure activities through detailed cases.
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