What Every Superintendent and Principal Needs to Know

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9780910167215: What Every Superintendent and Principal Needs to Know

From three brave voices in the trenches come more healthy, easy-to-apply, straightforward school leadership ideas and practices than from any other book in print. No-nonsense, often funny advice about what works, what never did, and what you can do to put your school(s) and yourself atop the excellence pile, modestly or raucously crowing Three of Illinois top educational leaders Jim Rosborg, Max McGee, and Jim Burgett offer 328 pages of advice that includes lreadership, ethics, communications, trust, teachers, assessment even personal hygiene, getting those irksome referenda passed, and what to say to the press, and when. It s simply a must for every school administrator. The authors are three guys who rose to the top in school administration because, under fire, they could provide practical, successful solutions to almost any predicament. Even more, they could innovate, cut through the jargon and nonsense, and lead. So on these pages, they share what they have learned: ideas, high-impact lessons about leadership, and everyday problem solving that can be immediately implemented at every school level. Their combined wisdom and stories will make administrators think, laugh, and act. This is the revised, updated, second version.

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Reference/School Administration “The Buck Stops with Us!” Modestly stated, this book shares more sound, straightforward, easy-to-apply school leadership ideas and practices than any other book in print. Three of Illinois’ top educational leaders offer ____ pages of no-nonsense, often funny advice about what works and what doesn’t, ranging from assessment to per-sonal hygiene to getting those irksome referenda passed to what to say to the press, and when. It’s simply a must for every school administrator, particularly in this UPDATED SECOND EDITION! See how these three highly acclaimed superintendents: ? Write business plans, build business cases, and sell them to the Board and community.? Make the union an ally, take charge in contract negotiations, defuse no-win situations, and forge a win-win agreement that all sides embrace. ? Guide visionary leaders beyond traditional boundaries, putting pre-school classes in their classrooms, educating parents, replicating other schools’ successes, and much more... ? Implement 20 specific ideas for creating the proper work and learning atmosphere.? Build internal capacity by focusing on a shared purpose, mission, and goal(s); enhancing staff knowledge and skills; distributing leadership, and establishing accountability.? Inject ethics into every action while exercising the kind of civic leadership that binds the school, community, press, and politicians into one voice for educational excellence.Look inside the back cover to see what others think of this book... Jim Rosborg Program Coordinator for External Graduate Programs and professor at McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois, Jim recently retired as Superintendent of Belleville Public School District 118 in Belleville, Illinois. Jim received his Doctorate from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He was named Illinois Superintendent of the Year in 2004 and currently serves on the Illinois State Board Task Force.Max McGee Former Illinois State Superintendent of Education, Max currently serves as Superintendent of Wilmette School District #39. Max is an education "lifer" with 30 years of experience and a Ph. D. from the University of Chicago. Jim Burgett Jim has served in almost every educational capacity during his 38-year tenure. Named the Illinois Superintendent of the Year in 2001 and Administrator of the Year in 2002, Jim retired from the Blue Ribbon Highland Commu-nity Unit School District in 2004. Burgett is a nationally recognized educational speaker and consultant. Can you afford not to buy this book?

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Dr. Jim Rosborg recently retired as Superintendent in Belleville, Illinois; is a professor at McKendree College, and is currently on the Illinois State Board Task Force. Dr. Max Mcgee was the Illinois State Superintendent of Education and now is the superintendent in Wilmette. Jim Burgett just published Teachers Change Lives 24/7, and was Illinois Superintendent of the Year, Administrator of the Year the next year, and was earlier Teacher of the Year. He is a nationally recongnized speaker and consultant. All three are co-authoring the book The Perfect School.

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