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The First 100 Days In The Main Office

Author: Alan Jones
Publisher: IAP
ISBN: 1641131489
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This book presents a series of cultural situations that could occur within the first onehundred days of a school year: responding to entrenched vocabularies and behaviors, addressing professional and instructional bad habits, enacting alternative teaching scripts, leveraging a policy blindside, redefining the goals and practices of teams, and implementing outsidethebox programs. Each cultural situation offers a new school leader the opportunity to redefine the goals, values, and practices of an entrenched school culture—the Central High way. Administrators reading the title of this book may view one hundred days as an arbitrary number picked out of administrative thin air. I argue that disrupting and replacing organizational and instructional routines is a race against time. Every school day that goes by without some sign of creative destruction is one more day that comfortable organizational and instructional routines live on in main offices and classrooms. The idea for this book originated from a question I asked a former student of mine who had just signed a contract to become the principal of a high school. We were discussing the complexities of changing a school culture when I asked the following question: “What would you do on the first day in your new office to change your school’s culture?” The response to that question described a series managerial routines that all new administrators have learned to perform as they move from the classroom to the main office: organize the office, meet staff, tour the building, write a newsletter, examine data, and visit community venues. Nothing in this conversation described strategies for redefining the beliefs and values of an entrenched school culture. With this conversation in mind, I made it a point in my formal and informal contacts with school administrators to always ask the question: “What would you do in the first day in your new office to change your school’s culture?” The most common responses involved reviewing district documents, touring facilities, meeting staff, listening to stakeholders and managing systems. In each conversation, school leaders populated their responses with the current jargon of school reform: learning communities, data mining, standardsbased curriculum, differentiated learning, common core standards, formative assessment, race to the top, continuous improvement, etc. While these responses encompass reasonable behaviors on the first day in the main office, not one of these actions possesses the capacity to connect educational values expressed in school mission statements—why are we here—to daily organizational and instructional routines. Each activity gives the appearance of leading, but produces no connections between beliefs, values, and practices. Although none of these responses would make or break a school culture, they do represent a pattern of thinking and behaving that holds out little possibility of fundamentally changing a school’s culture.

Beyond Business As Usual

Author: Neal O. Michell
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 0898698146
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This book is full of resources for forming the vestry as a learning community. It deals with the “soft” side of leadership that enables the pastor and vestry to journey together along the leadership path. Each chapter can be read and reviewed during a series of vestry meetings, or as part of a vestry retreat, and includes questions for group and individual discussion. Includes resources for vestries, based upon different preferred learning styles, for the formation part of the vestry meeting or retreat.

Leading Learning And Teaching In Higher Education

Author: Doug Parkin
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1136730257
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Leading Learning and Teaching in Higher Education brings together contemporary ideas on leadership, engagement and student learning into a practical solutions-based resource designed for those undertaking the challenge of leading a university-level teaching module, programme or suite of programmes, particularly through periods of transformation or change. It encourages both first time academic leaders and those who have held teaching leadership roles for some time to review and formalise their development in a systematic, simple way and acts as a framework for navigating the opportunities and challenges involved in inspiring shared purpose, strong commitment and innovation in higher education teaching. With a clear focus on the energy of leadership rather than the practice of management, and with a strong emphasis on collaborative engagement running throughout, this books offers: Insightful guidance which is not bound to subject-specific requirements, making it relevant across the spectrum of course offerings at any one institution. An enabling, people-focussed foundation for leadership. Tools and frameworks which can be readily applied or adapted for the reader. A focus on core elements of teaching leadership, such as design, delivery, assessment and building a programme team. A flexible and pragmatic approach to leadership which avoids a definitive approach, instead encouraging a dynamic method of engaging leadership. Values that assert that leadership and learning go hand-in-hand. A wide-ranging discussion of leadership theories, ideas and values related to the university context. This book puts forward a multifaceted model of programme leadership and links this to a scaffolding of key attributes, skills and qualities that fit the environment of leading learning and teaching in the university. Particularly interested readers will be those beginning to lead teaching in a university setting as well as those who have been leading programme teams and the wider provision of teaching for some time wanting to enhance their skills and perspective.

Teaching About The Future

Author: P. Bishop
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137020709
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The faculty at the University of Houston's program in Futures Studies share their comprehensive, integrated approach to preparing foresight professionals and assisting others doing foresight projects. Provides an essential guide to developing classes on the future or even establishing whole degree programs.

Ethics Education Of Business Leaders

Author: Tom E. Culham
Publisher: IAP
ISBN: 1623963486
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Events on Wall Street and Main Street reveal that some business leaders make dramatically unethical selfserving decisions that ignore the public interest. How can business schools educate future business leaders to make ethical decisions? Unfortunately, most business schools fail in teaching ethical decisionmaking. They erroneously assume that such decisionmaking is primarily conscious and reasonbased, reflecting the western cultural orientation toward science and logic. In this book, Thomas Culham cites neurological findings showing that unconscious processes and emotions play a much more significant role than reason in making ethical decisions. Culham urges business schools to teach a modified form of emotional intelligence, linked with researchsupported contemplative practices from the great meditative traditions. This book details the author's ethics curriculum and explains its successful application at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. This fascinating, interdisciplinary, and highly practical curriculum integrates philosophy (virtue ethics), Daoist thinking, psychology, and neuroscience. This curriculum intends to transform the way business schools teach decision making. Such an effort might just transform the way we do business.

The Daily Wad

Author: Paul Andrson
Publisher: WestBow Press
ISBN: 1449743722
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Some years ago, I noticed that certain verses and even brief phrases seemed to stand out from Bible passages I read during my daily devotions. I found myself thinking about, meditating on, ruminating the words throughout the day. It amused me to picture myself chewing my cud. I shouldnt have been surprised. The Bible does say we are his people, the sheep of his pasture (Psalm 100:3 b, NIV), and sheep chew a cud. Other pictures came to mind: a baseball player as he chewed a wad of bubble gum; an old codger with a chaw of tobacco tucked into one cheek. The more delicate expression would be in reference to Mary, the mother of Jesus. Of her the Scriptures record: But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart (Luke 2:19, NIV). The meaning is the same. You thrill to Gods Word, you chew on Scripture day and night (Psalm 1:23, The Message). So was born my daily wad. I wrote the phrases on cards, thought about the words throughout the day, and shared them with others as opportunity presented itself. I was blessed, others were blessed. My prayer is that you will be blessed as you read, ruminate, and are refreshed by The Daily Wad.

Integrated Treatment For Dual Disorders

Author: Kim T. Mueser
Publisher: Guilford Publications
ISBN: 1462524141
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This comprehensive clinical handbook provides virtually everything needed to plan, deliver, and evaluate effective treatment for persons with substance abuse problems and persistent mental illness. From authors at the forefront of the dual disorders field, the book is grounded in decades of influential research. Presented are clear guidelines for developing integrated treatment programs, performing state-of-the-art assessments, and implementing a wide range of individual, group, and family interventions. Also addressed are residential and other housing services, involuntary interventions, vocational rehabilitation, and psychopharmacology for dual disorders. Throughout, the emphasis is on workable ways to combine psychiatric and substance abuse services into a cohesive, unitary system of care. Designed in a convenient large-size format with lay-flat binding for ease of photocopying, the volume contains all needed assessment forms, treatment planning materials, and client handouts, most with permission to reproduce.

Don T Call Me Out Of My Name Spirituality For The 21st Century A Member Of The Christian Left Speaks Out

Author: Larry Boudreau
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1475960328
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This book challenges the unwritten laws that dominate U.S. society, creating great wealth and even greater poverty. Social (Structural) Analysis uncovers the hidden agenda behind this system of political economy that exploit the majority while enriching the few. Modern liberal economics holds the proverbial carrot in front of the world's population while the real winners, the multi-national banks and corporations, reap scandalous profits. This political/economic monopoly treats the living earth as if it was a disposable resource and turns the majority of the world's population into mere cogs in its machinery. Like a cancer, if untreated it will destroy its host. Social analysis cannot cure this cancer, but it can remove the rose-colored glasses from people's eyes so that they can understand it. Free Market Capitalism has undoubted benefits. It becomes evil when it is a law unto itself. A system of political economy, endowed with a wider vision and a more just definition of profits, might evolve out of the dialogue between the mechanisms of Capitalism and the priorities of socialism. Such a system would allow all peoples to enjoy a decent life while preserving the integrity of the earth. Utopia, the perfect society, may never become a reality, but we should never stop trying to implement it. Social analysis is a necessary first step towards a more just world.