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Who Said School Administration Would Be Fun?
Coping With a New Emotional and Social Reality

Second Edition


June 2005 | 136 pages | Corwin
Geared toward aspiring and new school administrators, this Second Edition offers a collection of the essential unspoken and unwritten rules of school administration. Jane Sigford offers useful strategies for maintaining perspective, managing and leading like a successful systems thinker, transforming school culture into a climate of trust and compassion, and, ultimately, responding to all levels of accountability faced in schools today. Filled with real-life examples, vignettes, exercises, and strategies, every prospective and new administrator will appreciate this fresh approach to handling the myriad challenges that school leaders encounter on the job.
 
Dedication
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. Why Is It So Chilly in the Teacher's Lounge?
 
2. Change Isn't a Flowchart: It's Broccoli
 
3. Positions, Like Shoes, Need to Fit
 
4. Learning the New Rules of Communication
 
5. Maintaining Control of Time
 
6. Developing Your Emotional Teflon
 
7. Maybe You Should Wear a Striped Shirt: Refereeing Conflict
 
8. Everything You Didn't Know About Adult Learners
 
9. Looking Into the Mirror of Humor
 
10. Power Is Like Love - The More You Give Away, the More You Have
 
11. Leading in the Age of Accountability
 
12. Becoming a Self-Assured Administrator
 
References
 
Index

"The book is unique in that it addresses the socioemotional stages of professional transitions…this was an easy read that had me highlighting passages on almost every page or citing relevant quotes I want to use or share with others. The material is well integrated so you can see the more global picture of administration, yet allows the reader to focus and actively reflect on the very real scenarios used as examples."

Michelle Kocar, Principal
Liberty Elementary School, North Ridgeville, OH

"I found myself making stars in the margins or writing YES!, Been There, Done That, I can relate!, Interesting, Good Suggestion, True..."

Ann Porter, 2002 NAESP National Distinguished Principal
Lewis & Clark Elementary School, Grand Forks, ND

"This user's manual for new and seasoned principals covers both inter- and intrapersonal issues faced by administrators, including the transition from teacher to principal, leadership skills, organizational culture, and how administrators can provide leadership while keeping accountability in perspective."

Curriculum Connections, Spring 2006

This is a great book for my principalship course. It helps students understand the reality of the job. The book is a casual, fun book to read that complements well with another book I've chosen for the course.

Dr Jeanne Surface
Educational Admin Superv Dept, University of Nebraska at Omaha
November 14, 2010

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Preface

Chapter 1: Why Is It So Chilly in the Teachers' Lounge?


Jane L. Sigford

Jane Sigford is the executive director of curriculum and instruction for a suburban school district. She is also an adjunct professor at Hamline University, where she teaches in the Educational Leadership doctorate program.Sigford’s doctorate in educational policy and administration was earned at the University of Minnesota. Her strengths and interests lie in shaping education to meet the needs of the 21st century. In her current district, Sigford’s role is to loosen the traditional paradigms of education so that they can shape their own future. They conduct future searches to see where they want to be in five years and then design their... More About Author

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