Best Practices, Best Thinking, and Emerging Issues in School Leadership

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Corwin Press, Jan 23, 2003 - Education - 279 pages
Featuring the leading figures in educational leadership, this new resource from William Owings and Leslie Kaplan connects best thinking with best practices and emerging issues in school leadership. The contributing authors-including Michael Fullan, Linda Darling-Hammond, Alan November, Bob Marzano, Gerald Tirozzi, Gene Carter, present leading research and key considerations to assist in making decisions about new programmes and new directions for your school.

This book highlights:

- Future Trends

- Recruiting

- High-stakes Testing

- Teacher Quality

- Curriculum and Instruction

- Technology

- Special Education

- Parent/Community Relationships

- School Law

- Political Environment

- Building-level change

Best Practices, Best Thinking, and Emerging Issues in School Leadership unites the ideas of these leading educators and researchers with the perspectives of practicing principals, reconciling theory and fieldwork with recommendations for best practice-truly applying research-into-practice into one manageable, accessible guide.


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Using Technology to Change School Learning Culture
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What Instructional Leaders Need to Know
Critical Issues in School Law
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Technology or Teachers?
Lesson Learned
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William A. Owings, Ed.D. is currently a professor of educational leadership at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Owings has worked as a public school teacher, an elementary and high school principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent of schools. His professional interests are in school finance, principal quality, and teacher quality as they relate to school improvement and student achievement. In addition, his scholarly publications co-authored with Leslie Kaplan include articles in National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Bulletin, Journal of School Leadership, Journal of Education Finance, Journal of Effective Schools, Phi Delta Kappan, and the Teachers College Record. Owings has served on the state and international board of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), is currently the editor of the Journal for Effective Schools, and is on the Journal of Education Finance Editorial Advisory Board. He is a frequent presenter at state and national conferences and a consultant on educational leadership, school finance, and instructional improvement. Owings and Kaplan share the 2008 Virginia Educational Research Association Charles Edgar Clear Research Award for Consistent and Substantial Contributions to Educational Research and Scholarship.

Leslie S. Kaplan, Ed.D. is a retired school administrator in Newport News, VA and is currently a full-time education writer. She has provided middle and high school instructional and school improvement leadership as an assistant principal for instruction as well as central office leadership as a director of program development. Before becoming a school administrator, she worked as a middle and high school counselor, and these insights continue to infuse her leadership behaviors. Her professional interests focus on teacher quality, principal quality, and school finance and their relationship to school improvement and increasing student achievement. She has co-authored several books and monographs with William Owings including American Public School Finance (2nd edition); Educational Foundations (2nd edition); Leadership and Organizational Behavior in Education: Theory into Practice; The Effective Schools Movement: History, Analysis, and Application; Teacher Quality, Teaching Quality, and School Improvement; Best Practices, Best Thinking, and Emerging Issue in School Leadership; and Enhancing Teacher and Teaching Quality. Kaplan’s scholarly publications, co-authored with Owings’, appear in numerous peer-reviewed professional journals. Kaplan is co-editor of the Journal for Effective Schools, and also serves on the NASSP Bulletin Editorial Board. She is a past president of the Virginia Counselors’ Association and the Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and presently sits on the board of Voices for Virginia’s Children.

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