“The Ellers have done an excellent job identifying supervision problems that plague administrators on a daily basis. They provide clear and detailed strategies to address personnel problems covering virtually every employment group. I strongly recommend this book as a quick reference for all school administrators as they deal with difficult employees.”

—Dan Hoverman, Superintendent

Mounds View Public Schools, Shoreview, MN

Help marginal employees take positive steps to improve their performance and behavior!

Managing difficult employees is one of the most challenging aspects of a school leader's job. Written by experienced administrators, this resource provides specific techniques and strategies to identify, work with, and evaluate marginal school employees.

John F. Eller and Sheila Eller provide essential information for understanding and dealing with employees who may have negative attitudes, lack awareness of their behavior, blame others for problems, or are marginal performers. Drawing on the authors' extensive experience, this book includes:

Skills and sample dialogues for conducting difficult conversations; Templates for putting concerns into writing and developing improvement plans; Information about legal issues and ways to protect yourself; Specific strategies for working with teachers, secretaries and assistants, paraprofessionals, and custodial staff; Steps to take when termination becomes necessary

This ready reference helps administrators develop the leadership skills and competencies necessary to confront marginal and deficient behaviors and achieve successful results.

Strategies for Working with Difficult/Marginal Teachers

Strategies for working with difficult/marginal teachers

Dennis, a high school principal, has a physical education teacher on his staff that is not following the school's expectations related to the supervision of students. He has heard from other staff members, parents, and teachers that this teacher is very negative with children and is constantly yelling at them. He also understands that she sometimes leaves the classroom to stop by the teachers’ lounge, leaving her class unattended. He decides that he needs to address these behaviors for the good of the students and the school.

Dennis sets up a meeting with the teacher, Beverly, and clearly addresses his concerns. He has developed a conference plan to let Beverly know what his concerns are ...

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