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on February 9, 2002
The ASCD's January 2002 Members' Book is a valuable contribution to the school leadership and management literature.
The author, Carl Glickman, has an international following because of his work on school renewal and this text gives readers the tools for bringing about renewal through instructional leadership.
In "Leadership for learning," Carl Glickman has reworked the clinical supervision material that is so useful to school leaders, particularly in the United States, who are directly responsible for the formal supervision of classroom teachers' standards. This text will be particularly useful to beginning principals (hence the 5 star rating) but there is still a lot in the book for experienced principals too.
I though that four approaches developed by Glickman were useful and table 4.2 ("Interpersonal approaches, outcomes, and levels of choice," p.44) was an excellent overview of the parameters of the four approaches. The developmental nature of the four approaches can be seen in Figure 6.1:
Directive control- Emergency, infrequent cases
Directive-informational- Beginning of greater teacher choice
Collaborative- Collegial reflection
Non-directive- Masterful teacher, infrequent cases.
Figure 6.1 Moving towards teacher control on on the leader behavior continuum.
From my own experience, I don't think that the number of masterful teachers is infrequent. And, teachers needing directive control don't stay in this category for long because parent complaints and principal supervision will move them on or move them out. However, it is our job to see that masterful teachers are helped in continuing to do a great job for the kids. The four types of supervisory approaches do not represent a normal distribution but a distribution that is skewed to the right. That is, the majority of teachers across states will fit into the collabrative and non-directive categories.
The book is a timely reminder about the importance of driving school change from the teacher-student interface. It is a valuable addition to all school leaders' professional libraries.
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on February 11, 2002
The follow-up book to Developmental Supervision, Carl Glickman's Leadership For Learning: How To Help Teachers Succeed is an excellent and accessible guide packed with practical advice and fascinating insights for educators at all levels, preschool through university. Chapters address such issues as criteria for objectively assessing teacher competence, and methodologies for working closely with teachers. One of the helpful appendix is filled with useful peer coaching forms. With its coverage of structures for classroom assistance, formats for teacher and classroom observation, and approaches to directive, collaborative, and nondirective work with teachers, Leadership For Learning is a first-rate book for educational leadership, supervisors, policy implementers, and school board members.
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on May 4, 2015
I wished this content of this book matched the cover. The delivery was great, but content could have been better.
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on February 11, 2013
Very useful book to have in your library if you are a principal. It is small and it has great strategies.
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on February 6, 2015
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