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  • Subject index

Conversations With Principals: Issues, Values, and Politics is a unique compilation of interviews with principals at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels. Unlike any other text in Educational Administration, this book allows students the unusual opportunity to experience the inner voice of principals as they discuss the many decisions they make and the multitude of people they must engage.

Perceptions and Assumptions: The Multitasker
Perceptions and assumptions: The multitasker

The perceptions and assumptions held by the leadership of a school dramatically affect the school climate and have a direct bearing on the willingness of faculty to participate in school functions and activities. How the leader of the school feels about her faculty determines the working environment. What decisions can she make that inspire volunteerism, improve attendance, motivate and develop teacher professionalism, and heighten faculty morale in order for them to go the extra mile on behalf of the school?

Themes addressed in this chapter:

  • Assumptions and attitudes about faculty and students
  • Gradual changes in school decision making
  • Structural support for students and faculty
  • Short-and long-term planning
  • School and community interaction
Profile of the Multitasker

Principal: female

Age: 50

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Experience: 3 years as principal; ...

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