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The New School Management by Wandering Around

The New School Management by Wandering Around

Foreword by Fenwick W. English

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December 2012 | 336 pages | Corwin
Achieve success step by stepThe topic of management by wandering around is not new, but the authorsÆ approach is fresh and timely. This current rendition based on the original work by Frase and Hetzel gives new and seasoned administrators smart, practical advice about how to ôwander aroundö with purpose and develop a more interactive leadership style. This text cites more than 20 well-constructed research studies that show how management by wandering around produces desirable outcomes, including:Higher student achievementImproved school culture Higher teacher efficacyManagement by wandering around is not a rigid, linear process: it is a combination of proven methods and a flexible, organic approach to the whole of leadership. Topics covered include developing meeting agendas, supervising instruction, dealing with marginal teachers, and creating safe campuses. The bottom line? If you want to accomplish more, start by getting out moreùand this book shows you how to make it count.
List of Figures and Tables
Foreword by Fenwick W. English
About the Authors
1. Defining the MBWA Leader
Personal Attributes and Beliefs of MBWA Leaders

Examples of MBWA From History

Examples of MBWA From Industrial and Educational Leaders

The Research Base

2. School Leadership: What Matters Most
"Great Man" Theory of Leadership

The Trait Theory

Modern Leadership Theories

Assessing Your Leadership Style

3. Why Teachers Teach and Why They Leave
Why Teachers Teach

Why Teachers Leave

4. Why Teachers Stay
Supportive Leadership of the MBWA Principal

The Improvement Ethic

5. Promoting Quality Curriculum Through MBWA
Quality of Curriculum Content

Ensuring High-Quality Instruction

Monitoring the Curriculum

Caveats on Research

6. Getting Into Classrooms
Research Supporting Frequent Principal Classroom Observations

Conducting Informal Classroom Observations

Informal Classroom Observation Protocols

7. Finding Time for MBWA
The Research on How Principals Spend Their Time

How MBWA Administrators Find the Time

Time Management Myths

Finding Time at Work for MBWA

Meetings: Wasting Time Versus Making Progress

Planning a Productive Meeting

8. Promoting Good Student Discipline and a Safe Campus
Plan a Team Approach to Schoolwide Student Discipline

Know the Board's Policies and Regulations

Create a Student Discipline Plan

Make the Campus Safe

Supervise Adequately

Establish Lines of Communication With the Police

9. Dealing With Unmet Expectations: Marginal and Incompetent Teachers
The Day of Reckoning

Analyzing Teacher Performance

Dealing With Unsatisfactory Teachers: A Four-Phase Process

Avoiding or Dealing Effectively With Grievances

10. Ensuring Due Process and Building the File
Why Tenure?

Due Process

Documentation and File Building

The Formal Disciplinary Memo

Alternatives to the Dismissal Process

Resource A: Elementary School Parent Survey

Resource B: Secondary School Parent Survey

Resource C: Summative Teacher Performance Evaluation

Resource D: Teacher Self-Assessment Inventory of Skills and Interests



"From my perspective, it is not so much the wandering and the gathering of information that is important, rather it is how the supervisor or mentor uses this information to provide reflective dialogue with the person supervised. This book focuses on wandering with a purpose and engaging people in dialogue."

Carolyn J. Downey, President
Palo Verde Associates, San Diego, CA

“This well written book captures the simple but essential truth for effective leaders of ‘see and be seen’.” The authors’ work in this area is grounded in research and the wisdom of successful practice, making this a valuable addition for courses on general leadership.”

Todd A. DeMitchell, Professor, Justice Studies Program
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

"Streshly and Gray have placed school leaders’ wandering in perspective, concentrating on the day-to-day practices of the concept. This is a book for everyone concerned about the never-ending search for practices that enrich teacher and student experiences leading to enhanced student achievement."

Margaret R. Basom, Professor of Educational Leadership
San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

"Hits the nail on the head with a detailed exploration of how our best school leaders manage their schools. Moreover, the authors have done it in an up-to-date, practical, and authoritative way. This book will have an impact on school leaders for years to come."

Bob Avant, Principal, El Capitan High School
La Mesa, CA

William A. Streshly

William A. Streshly is Emeritus Professor of Educational Leadership in the College of Education at San Diego State University (SDSU). Prior to coming to SDSU in 1990, he spent 25 years in public school administration, including five years as principal of a large suburban high school and 15 years as superintendent of several California school districts varying in size from 2,500 to 25,000 students. In addition to his numerous publications in the professional journals, Dr. Streshly is author or co-author of five practical books for school leaders, The Top Ten Myths in Education, Avoiding Legal Hassles (two editions), Teacher Unions and... More About Author

Susan Penny Gray

Susan Penny Gray, PhD has been an educator for more than 40 years in Indiana and California, including 15 years as Director of Curriculum Services for the San Marcos Unified School District in San Marcos, California and 7 years as a member of the Educational Leadership faculty at San Diego State University. During her tenure as Director of Curriculum Services she was responsible for the development, implementation, and maintenance of exemplary programs recognized throughout California in Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics, History-Social Science, and Science for grades K through 12. She was also responsible for effective teacher and... More About Author

Larry E. Frase

Larry E. Frase was professor and department chair of educational leadership in the College of Education at San Diego State University. He was a former superintendent of schools of the Catalina Foothills District in Tucson, Arizona, and is the author, coauthor, or editor of 23 books and 80 professional journal articles. His books include Top Ten Myths in Education; School Management by Wandering Around; and Teacher Compensation and Motivation. He is also coauthor of Walk-Throughs and Reflective Feedback for Higher Student Achievement. He has presented papers at AERA and UCEA. He is a senior lead auditor, having led curriculum audits of 32... More About Author

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