Strategic listening for school leaders

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Corwin Press, May 11, 2005 - Education - 117 pages
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Develop strategic listening skills to help advance your overall communication expertise! The ability to communicate effectively with multiple constituencies is recognized as an essential characteristic of effective leaders, and this guide offers valuable, practical insights and research on how strategic listening strengthens school leaders' ability to understand others' strengths, weaknesses, and motivations. By learning to listen, a leader can bring out the best in everyone. Focusing on an effective style of listening, the authors present: The basic theories underlying strategic listening Succinct examples of strategic listening in practice The positive impact of strategic listening on school leadership and school climate

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Contents

The Listening Process and Different Ways We Listen
11
Barriers to Effective Listening
20
Strategic Listening in Practice
39
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About the author (2005)

Dr. Jeannine Tate is principal of Clermont Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia. During her 25 years in public schools, she has served as an elementary school teacher, a middle school teacher, an elementary school counselor, a middle school counselor, an elementary assistant principal, an elementary school principal, and in various central office positions. She is active in the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the International Listening Association and Phi Delta Kappa. She has presented papers internationally and conducts inservice presentations to local, state, and national audiences.

This is Dr. Tateís first book with Corwin Press. She received her Ph.D in Education Leadership from George Mason University. Her area of research was in leadership and communication, and her dissertation was on school leaders and the value of listening. She holds a bachelorís degree in elementary education from Oklahoma State University and a masterís degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Oklahoma. Her public school endorsements include elementary and middle school teaching; elementary, middle, and secondary school counseling; and elementary and middle school administration.

Dennis R. Dunklee is professor emeritus in the Education Leadership Department in the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University. During his 25 years in public schools, he served as a teacher, elementary school principal, junior high and middle school principal, high school principal, and central office administrator. During his tenure as a professor, he taught courses in education law and school leadership and served as an advisor and chair for masters in school administration candidates. He continues to advise doctoral candidates in school leadership and serves as an adjunct professor. Because of his expertise and practical experience, he is frequently called on to consult in the areas of effective schools, school law, administrator evaluation, instructional supervision, school-community relations, problem solving, and conflict resolution. In addition, he has been involved as a consultant and expert witness in numerous school-related lawsuits nationwide. As a university scholar and researcher, he published 10 textbooks, two monographs, and more than 100 articles on issues in the fields of school law, business management, administrative practice, and leadership theory. He is active in a number of professional organizations; has presented papers at international, national, regional, state, and local conferences; and is a widely sought-after clinician for inservice workshops. Dunklee was an invited participant and presenter in the 2005 Oxford (University) Round Table on Education Law: Individual Rights and Freedoms and in 2007 was recognized by Kappa Delta Pi as an educator ďwho exemplifies the high professional, intellectual, and personal standards our Society promotes, who demonstrates dedication to educators, students, and the field of education.Ē

Dunklee has written or co-written seven books for Corwin Press. His other Corwin books are You Sound Taller On The Telephone: A Practitionerís View of the Principalship (1999); If You Want to Lead Not Just Manage (2000), The Principalís Quick Reference Guide to School Law (2002) (with Robert J. Shoop), Strategic Listening for School Leaders (2005) (with Jeannine Tate), Anatomy of a Lawsuit: What Every Education Leader Should Know about Legal Actions (2006) (with Robert J. Shoop) and The Principalís Quick Reference Guide to School Law 2nd Edition (2006) (with Robert J. Shoop).

He received his PhD in school administration and foundations from Kansas State University. His major area of research was in the field of education law, and his dissertation was on tort liability for negligence. He holds a masterís degree in elementary and secondary school administration from Washburn University.

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