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Written by a renowned educator, this breakthrough work helps leaders understand the value of professional conversations in promoting reflection, inquiry, support, and ongoing teacher development.

Power and Leadership in Schools
Power and leadership in schools

Professional conversations—between teachers and administrators and among teaching colleagues—in school occur within the context of the school's organizational structure. In that structure, the principal is the designated leader of the school; teachers work, to at least some extent, under the direction of the principal. And yet, teachers, no less than administrators, are professionals. They have engaged in professional training and preparation. They have acquired considerable expertise, both about the subjects they teach and how best to teach those subjects to students. There is, then, an inevitable tension between the professionalism of teachers and the authority of administrators; resolving that tension is the task of this chapter. That is, just because some individuals, notably principals, hold greater ...

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