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School administrators--Attitudes; Teacher-administrator relationships; Student-administrator relationships;

2000

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A Preferred Vision For Administering Secondary Schools : A Reflective Essay, Diana Bobo-Campbell Jan 2000

A Preferred Vision For Administering Secondary Schools : A Reflective Essay, Diana Bobo-Campbell

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It is the purpose of this paper to reflect on the principal's role in the following areas: (a) creating a safe, caring environment for students; (b) assisting teachers in 2 creating a learning environment; (c) engaging parents in their child's education; and (d) developing a learning community as an educational leader. It is my intent to examine the characteristics of these roles through my philosophy and educational experiences thus envisioning an environment that will ensure these efforts.


A Vision For Administering Elementary Schools : A Reflective Essay, J. Lewis Curtis Jan 2000

A Vision For Administering Elementary Schools : A Reflective Essay, J. Lewis Curtis

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The administrative leader not only has responsibilities for his/her own actions, but is equally responsible for the actions of many others including teachers, students, cooks, secretaries, teacher associates, and custodial staff. All of these workers are under the administrator's direct supervision, which makes it nearly impossible for him/her to know what everyone is doing, when they are doing it, and why they attempt to do it. However, what seems like such an enormous task is also the reason that administrative leadership is so exciting and challenging.

I will highlight what I perceive to be the critical elements ...


A Preferred Vision For Administering Secondary Schools : A Reflective Essay, Jonna D. Andersen Jan 2000

A Preferred Vision For Administering Secondary Schools : A Reflective Essay, Jonna D. Andersen

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As teachers and administrators, we need to constantly support each other and appreciate all that we give to our students. We need to realize that in education we will not always meet with success, but we need to continue to look at ways in which to do our jobs better. Principals need to be the people who work to keep their faculties and staff in a positive/progressive direction. Administrators and teachers need to set their own goals, working constantly to achieve them. As you hit roadblocks, you need to find alternatives to get you back on the road. Education ...


A Preferred Vision For Administering Schools : A Reflective Essay, David W. Baker Jan 2000

A Preferred Vision For Administering Schools : A Reflective Essay, David W. Baker

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The whole process I have gone through in this program has taught many things. I am excited because these lessons do not apply solely to education. These are lessons I have learned to apply to other areas of my life. I never really had a vision for my profession. I think of the words ofLirah Sabir (2000), "Principals face many challenges to make each child a success. But what works for me is developing a positive mindset, always thinking of the total learning environment, being the best instructional leader I can be, and never being afraid to stretch my own ...


A Preferred Vision For Administering Elementary Schools : A Reflective Essay, Carole J. Bernard Jan 2000

A Preferred Vision For Administering Elementary Schools : A Reflective Essay, Carole J. Bernard

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Working together in a cohort group and acting as a quasi-administrator has afforded me the opportunity to receive theoretical knowledge as well as on-the-job training. The cohort has also helped me as a participant develop an understanding and respect for individuals from different backgrounds and experiences. Through on-the-job training I have been able to develop and practice my own leadership style while working and learning effective strategies from my principal. The blending of these two aspects of leadership experience have contributed significantly to prepare me as a future principal. I believe the cohort, a cadre of leaders, is dedicated to ...


Educational Leadership : A Reflective Essay, Kimberly A. Jones Jan 2000

Educational Leadership : A Reflective Essay, Kimberly A. Jones

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An educational leader should strive to create an atmosphere of professionalism rooted in trust, dedication and commitment to preparing young people for an ever-changing future. This can take place by using the change-process outlined by Speck (l999). One major component is that the learning community must be an open system, include a representation of all stakeholders and be a collaborative effort. The other major component is the idea that the process is cyclical. Change is not a culminating end, but an ever-evolving process. An effective leader will facilitate this change for the benefit of all stakeholders in the learning community.


A Preferred Vision For Administering Secondary Schools : A Reflective Essay, Gretchen S. Devore Jan 2000

A Preferred Vision For Administering Secondary Schools : A Reflective Essay, Gretchen S. Devore

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Trust is the single most important factor in the legitimacy of an educational leader. Administrators can have a multitude of great characteristics from personality to organizational skills, but without trust they are not part of the daily, weekly, monthly, even yearly operations of the building. If the leader is not going to be immersed in the educational process of the building or district through positive relationships, quality communication and trustworthy actions, then do not be there.


A Preferred Vision For Administering Secondary Schools : A Reflective Essay, David G. Dreessen Jan 2000

A Preferred Vision For Administering Secondary Schools : A Reflective Essay, David G. Dreessen

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The successful school administrator needs to be a "finely-honed" instrument at the center of the education process. The administrator must be sensitive to needs of the entire efforts, as well as providing direction, vision, innovative ideas, support, reinforcement, and expertise for the complete educational effort. The unity of purpose in education will proceed as a team effort, knocking down obstacles and building outstanding educational competencies in the process.


Philosophical Perspective On Education, Michael Doyle Jan 2000

Philosophical Perspective On Education, Michael Doyle

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I believe that education shapes our continuously changing society. We use education to grow, develop, and strengthen the citizens in our society. With the proper use of education we have created the possibilities for unlimited opportunities. I see education as a great challenge to shape our young people into becoming responsible lifelong learners.


A Preferred Vision For Administering Secondary Schools : A Reflective Essay, Marlys R. Frohwein Jan 2000

A Preferred Vision For Administering Secondary Schools : A Reflective Essay, Marlys R. Frohwein

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Someone once said that to be a great educator was to be like a prophet. You would need to prepare young people not for today, but for thirty years into the future. How do we go about making all the changes that would be necessary to answer all the pressing needs facing most schools? Glickman (1993) has suggested the following:

Success is the intelligent use of mistakes in self-renewing schools. The moral imperative of the schools is for its members to move into their areas of incompetence: If we already knew exactly how to do this work, we would not ...


A Preferred Vision For Administering Secondary Schools : A Reflective Essay, Troy E. Becker Jan 2000

A Preferred Vision For Administering Secondary Schools : A Reflective Essay, Troy E. Becker

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In the classroom and in coaching we are able to affect certain groups of kids and hopefully touch their lives in a positive way. An administrator should be able to have an even greater impact on the school community and create a positive environment in which even more people will benefit. The greatest challenge will be to persuade people to make positive changes towards a common goal and vision. Rosalyn Carter in Maxwell (1994) said, "a leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they do not necessarily want to go, but ought to ...


A Preferred Vision For Administering Secondary Schools : A Reflective Essay, David Kalkhoff Jan 2000

A Preferred Vision For Administering Secondary Schools : A Reflective Essay, David Kalkhoff

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This reflective paper will address four areas, which are important components of a learning community. First, the importance of a positive school climate, and how this plays an integral part in the creation of the learning community. Second, to look at character education and a shift in discipline policies to help prepare students for our changing society. Third, a paradigm shift from extra curricular to co-curricular educational opportunities for our student body. Fourth, a look at educational leadership in developing the learning community.


A Preferred Vision For Administering Secondary Schools : A Reflective Essay, Larry D. Janssen Jan 2000

A Preferred Vision For Administering Secondary Schools : A Reflective Essay, Larry D. Janssen

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In this paper I will address what I view are the areas in which a principal needs to be strong, in order to be an effective and efficient administrator. I believe the most important roles of the principal include: instructional leadership, communication, student discipline, and parental and community involvement.