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The Principal's Guide to Managing School Personnel

The Principal's Guide to Managing School Personnel

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November 2008 | 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
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


Causes for Termination

Union-Management Relationships

Contracts for Public School Employees

Final Thoughts

Discussion Questions

Case Study Application

Other Resources

References and Further Reading

"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

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