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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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April 2012 | 336 pages | Corwin

Achieve success step by step

The topic of management by wandering around is not new, but the authors' 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 "wander around" 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 achievement
  • Improved school culture
  • Higher teacher efficacy

Management 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 more—and 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



Key features
Each major topic provides an opportunity for the readers to reflect on critical aspects of the problem areas targeted. 

The authors describe the relevant research and its implications for school management and administrative strategies to address the topic.

The text outlines real school scenarios through the lens of key leadership strategies giving the readers an opportunity to practice the administrative strategies.

Through such activities as individual reflection and onsite interviews of effective principals, readers develop unique strategies and activities to address the problems presented.

Includes a Resources section that contains student and parent surveys, self-assessment inventories, teacher evaluation criteria, and performance indicators.

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