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The Principal's Guide to Managing School Personnel
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The Principal's Guide to Managing School Personnel

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March 2013 | 216 pages | Corwin
This book offers practicing and aspiring school principals guidance on the relevant skills, specialized knowledge, and overall expertise associated with human resources administration - specifically, practical insights as related to effectively working with school personnel. The authors tie this important work to the ISLLC and ELCC standards and illustrate relevant and practical personnel procedures through the analysis of real school-based events and instructional vignettes. Readers will find reflective exercises in each chapter and are encouraged to analyze what is happening in their own schools using the authors' frameworks.
 
List of Tables
 
List of Figures
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors and Contributing Author
 
1. Personnel and the National Standards
ISLLC Standards and Personnel

 
Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards

 
Final Thought

 
Discussion Questions

 
Case Study Application

 
 
2. Personnel and School Culture
Culture and Climate

 
Shaping Culture for the Common Good

 
11 Ten Most Wanted Strategies for Shaping School Culture

 
Quarter Till Eleven

 
Final Thought

 
Discussion Questions

 
Case Study Application

 
Other Resources

 
 
3. Personnel and the Principal
Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction

 
The Effective School Leader and Personnel Relationship

 
The Principled Personnel Model

 
Leadership Traits Essential to Working Effectively With School Personnel

 
The Administration and Supervision of School Personnel

 
Final Thoughts

 
Discussion Questions

 
Case Study Application

 
Other Resources

 
 
4. Personnel and Communication
Basics of Communication

 
The Completed Personnel Success Model

 
The Principled Personnel Model and Communication

 
Effective Communication Behaviors

 
Final Thoughts

 
One More Final Thought

 
Discussion Questions

 
Case Study Applications

 
Other Resources

 
 
5. Personnel and Conflict Resolution
Who Made You Boss?

 
Effective School Leadership in the Midst of Conflict

 
The Principal’s Peace Primer

 
Final Thoughts

 
Discussion Questions

 
Case Study Application

 
 
6. Personnel and Recruitment and Selection
Finding Mr. or Ms. Right

 
Recruitment of Personnel

 
Selection of Personnel

 
Leading by Interviewing

 
Final Thoughts

 
Discussion Questions

 
Case Study Application

 
Other Resources

 
 
7. Personnel and Induction and Mentoring Programs
How Principals Fail Personnel

 
The Induction and Mentoring of Personnel

 
Final Thoughts

 
Discussion Questions

 
Case Study Application

 
 
8. Personnel and Adverse Situations
No Rules – No Worries

 
Leading Personnel Is Hard Work

 
Proactive and Corrective Actions

 
Performance Expectations

 
School Policies, Procedures, and Administrative Regulations

 
Documentation of Personnel

 
Due Process

 
Guidelines for Working With Personnel in Need of Assistance

 
Controversial Personnel Issues

 
The Supervision of Marginal Employees

 
Grievances

 
Causes for Termination

 
Union-Management Relationships

 
Contracts for Public School Employees

 
Final Thoughts

 
Discussion Questions

 
Case Study Application

 
Other Resources

 
 
References and Further Reading
 
Index

"This book serves as a valuable tool for districts seeking to enhance the skill level of their principals and would be ideal for professional development. I would have greatly welcomed a book of this nature when I was a principal."

Carolyn Banks, Regional Director of Teacher Education
University of La Verne

"An excellent tool for aspiring principals as well as those who find it uplifting to be reassured that they are doing the right thing."

Gerard Dery, Principal
Nessacus Regional Middle School, Dalton, MA

"Demonstrates the importance of the principal in personnel issues and provides thoughtful and well-researched suggestions, formats, behaviors, and ideas for dealing with the management, leadership, selection, induction, retention, and dismissal of employees. The chapters on conflict and adverse situations are of particular help."

Rosemarie Young, Principal
Watson Lane Elementary School, Louisville, KY

“The book does a wonderful job of taking the research about personnel management and translating it into practice for aspiring and current school leaders.”

Patricia M. Richardson, Professor of Practice
University of Maryland

"Principals, superintendents, district-level leaders, school board members, and human resource directors would all benefit from this book. The material and concepts presented are germane to today’s leadership challenges. The personnel function is more than hiring and firing, it is the heart and soul of schools and a critical factor that directly relates to student achievement."

Boyd Dressler, Professor
Montana State University

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

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Richard Dwane Sorenson

Learn more about Richard Sorenson's PD offeringsRichard D. Sorenson, Professor Emeritus, is the former department chairperson of the Educational Leadership and Foundations Department at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). He also served as the director of the Principal Preparation Program. He earned his doctorate from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi in educational leadership. Dr. Sorenson served public schools for 25 years as a social studies teacher, principal, and associate superintendent for human resources. Dr. Sorenson continues to work with graduate students at UTEP teaching school-based budgeting and school... More About Author

Lloyd Milton Goldsmith

Learn more about Lloyd Goldsmith's PD offeringsLloyd Milton Goldsmith is the director of the Principal Preparation Program and former chairperson for the Graduate Studies in Education Department at Abilene Christian University. He earned his EdD from Baylor University in the area of educational leadership. Dr. Goldsmith served public schools for 29 years as an elementary school teacher, assistant principal at a junior high school, and an elementary school principal. Dr. Goldsmith led the migration of the graduate education program to an online format. He is currently involved in developing an online EdD in educational leadership. Dr.... More About Author

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