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Management Books

Resources for district leaders



Real Classroom Management: Whose Job Is It?,, $65 hardcover, $22.95 paperback

Authors Mark Jacobs and Nancy Langley ask readers to consider more than behavior in creating a solid classroom management plan. They believe successful management includes the entire environment, the organization of materials, the school facility and classroom layout. According to the authors, the plan needs both administrative and parental support and involvement. Readers will learn how to bring together different factors in order to create a positive learning environment. The book answers questions about how to turn an ineffective school around, improve educational leadership, and work with parents to ensure students receive optimum learning experiences, as well as clarify the learning community roles required to create a successful management program.



Responsibility at Work: How Leading, Professionals Act (or Don't Act) at Work,, $27.95

The authors of this collection, edited by Howard Gardner, interviewed 1,200 people over a 12-year time span from nine different professions, including law, medicine, K12 education, and higher education. Their purpose was to find out how motivation, culture, and professional norms intersect to produce work that is personally, socially, and economically beneficial. While the authors confirmed that one's individual make-up and workplace affect one's actions, professional and personal factors, such as spirituality, time, leadership and professional standards, also affect the quality of work. Gardner and his colleagues outline steps that can be taken to build a sense of responsibility and to take ownership for one's work and its wider impact.



Data-Driven School Improvement: Linking Data and Learning,, $51.95

In Data-Driven School Improvement Ellen Mandinach and Margaret Honey bring together stakeholders representing a variety of perspectives to explore how educators use data and technology tools to achieve lasting improvement in student performance. They introduce the history of testing and data use, explore current practices and tools, and present a model for data-driven decision making. Readers will gain a valuable framework, based on a three-year National Science Foundation project, and learn from case studies illustrating how schools are using data to inform best practices to improve teaching.



The Politically Intelligent Leader: Dealing with the Dilemmas of a High-Stakes Educational Environment, $65 hardcover, $26.95 paperback

The Politically Intelligent Leader will help today's education leaders manage political pressures in a world of rising expectations and diminishing resources. Understanding that most in the business of education feel politically ill-prepared or apprehensive, authors Patricia Clarke White, Thomas Harvey and Lawrence Kemper help leaders at all levels discover more about themselves and in turn about their own political styles. They provide strategies for delivering a personal education vision, diagnosing others' styles and customizing strategies to influence those who can help or hinder organizational goals. They also present a groundwork for leaders to understand how to operate ethically with all groups-elected boards, citizen groups, unions and volunteers.



The Administration and Supervision of Reading Programs, 4th edition,, $28.95

Shelley Wepner and Dorothy Strickland have written a relevant, research-based reference book on organizing school reading programs. This fourth edition is the most comprehensive resource on the oversight of literacy programs at the pre-K12 levels. The chapters are written by experienced experts and are completely updated to incorporate current views about literacy in relation to governmental changes and regulations such as No Child Left Behind Readers will discover specific guidelines that literacy leaders can use to improve their programs, including selecting materials, assessing the quality of teachers, providing staff development, working with different types of learners, and incorporating writing and technology. The book features insights into accountability, the role of literacy coaches, and advice for working with diverse learners.