The Principalship: Building a Learning Community

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This brief paperback covers all aspects of the principalship from roles to processes. This problem-based book offers practical experiences with problems; guides readers toward a deeper understanding of the relationship between theory and practice; and helps readers develop the skills to deal with the complexity of professional dilemmas; to improve programs, organizations, and the quality of work life within the school; and to gain experience in publicly discussing and presenting solutions to the problems. Contains key and relevant information on the principalship for the 21st century which includes the critical aspects of building a successful learning community in the school and providing a problem scenario approach in preparation for principalship. Focuses on building a learning community. Introduces the Principalship Model which provides a framework to explore the multidimensional roles (educator, leader, manager, inner person) of the principal in today's school learning community.

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Marsha Speck is a leader in school reform, educational leadership and professional development issues. Her professional interests include building leadership capacity among teachers, administrators, and the community to improve schooling and achievement for all students and developing school/university partnerships that model these practices. She is currently Professor of Educational Leadership at San Jose State University. Marsha is the Director of the Urban High School Leadership Program, which is an innovative leadership development program linked as a partnership with regional school districts for teacher leaders and administrators to rethink the American high school and how it meets the needs of students and the community. She has diverse experiences as a teacher, high school principal, assistant superintendent of instruction, and professor, where she has worked collaboratively on school change efforts. She believes in a continued partnership linkage between the university and the school community, which is exemplified in her work. Creating school learning communities has been a central focus of her work with schools. She has published widely, including Why Can t We Get It Right? Professional Development for Our Schools (Corwin best seller); The Essential Questions and Practices in Professional Development; The Principalship: Building a Learning Community (for Prentice Hall); and The Handbook for Implementing Year-Round Education in the High School (for the National Association for Year-Round Education). Currently, Marsha is the president of the National Association for Year-Round Education and serves on the Leadership Council of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. San Jose State University recognized her as a Teacher Scholar (1996 1997) in recognition of contributions toward promoting the scholarship of teaching, especially in education leadership. Her Fulbright Scholarship includes study in India, Nigeria, and Israel. She received a BA from the University of California, Davis; an MA from California State University, Stanislaus; and EdD from the University of the Pacific. Traveling, tennis, and reading are a few of Marsha s passions when she is not working on leadership issues. She can be reached at San Jose State University, One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192-0072 or via e-mail at mslvtennis@aol.com.

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