The indispensable leadership companion—updated and more relevant than ever! Part leadership manual, part short novel, this unique best-seller uses dialogues between a novice and a master teacher and between a new and a seasoned principal to illuminate how the simple act of viewing a problem through different lenses—political, human resources, structural, or symbolic—can reveal better options and solutions. Featuring reflective questions and solid strategies for meeting real-life challenges, the third edition also includes:  • New views on building morale in the age of #MeToo  • Revamped discussion of mandates, standards and rubrics  • Celebration of educators as skilled professionals  • Expanded conversations about hope, faith, and parental involvement  • Sometimes all it takes to solve a problem is reframe it with wise advice from a trusted mentor. In this one-of-a-kind leadership resource, you�ll find both.

The Old Guard and New Principal

The Old Guard and New Principal

Politics. The theme stuck in Jaime Rodriguez’s mind like an unwanted visitor. In his meeting with Brenda Connors, he’d struggled when she started talking about the political realities of schools, bare knuckles version.

“I’ve seen what rampant politics can do,” he said. “Squabbling, backstabbing, everyone pursuing some parochial interest. My hero is John Dewey, not Machiavelli. There’s a good reason we didn’t study Politics 101 at the university.”

Brenda winced and rolled her eyes. She was stunned by Jaime’s apparent naiveté but didn’t challenge him right away. She simply asked, “What do you make of the superintendent’s phone call?”

“That was weird. Someone must have talked out of school, but who? Why?”

“Who do you think ...

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