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Organize, Communicate, Empower!

Organize, Communicate, Empower!
How Principals Can Make Time for Leadership

April 2004 | 136 pages | Corwin
Time-Saving Tips for Busy Principals

(Foreword by Michael Fullan) highlights techniques to achieving the three key essentials for effective performance as an educational leader. This book will provide leaders with skills and strategies related to Organization, Communication, and Empowerment, three areas that are foundational to effective leadership. The underlying purpose of this book addresses the importance for educational leaders to develop methods for efficiently taking care of the technical aspects of management in order to achieve the time element needed to be the instructional leaders he/she aspires to become. This book provides leaders with tools to ease the complex job of leadership manageable so that productivity is increased and energy sustained.


} very tips-oriented focus - almost an activity book for principals

} good counterbalance to our heavy leadership focus in administration

} especially effective for new principals.

About the Author
Section I. Organization
1. Organization of the Facility
Stackable Shelves  
Meeting Space  
Hallways and Community Areas  
Chapter Review  
2. Organization of Time
Getting Organized From the Start  
Appointments and Messages  
First Things First  
Chapter Review  
3. Organization of Programs
Developing Learning Blocks  
Learning Expectations  
Monitoring Student Progress  
Professional Development Plans  
Monitoring Staff  
Chapter Review  
Section II. Communication
4. Communicating With Building Staff
Planning and Preparation  
Forms of Communication  
Genuine Listening  
Group Processing Strategies  
Chapter Review  
5. Communicating With Parents and Community Members
Written Communication Basics  
Forms of Written Communication  
Face-to-Face Communication  
Chapter Review  
6. Communicating With District Personnel
Considering the District Viewpoint  
Communicating Building Needs  
Managing the District Paper Trail  
Sharing Building Information  
Chapter Review  
Section III. Empowerment
7. Giving Up Control and Extending Support
Planning and Communicating  
Chapter Review  
8. Designing and Implementing Leadership Teams
Identifying Team Outcomes  
Forming a Leadership Team  
Steps to Ensure Team Success  
Chapter Review  
9. Using Data to Empower and Gain Staff Commitment
Serving as the Tour Guide  
Serving as the Law Enforcement Officer  
Chapter Review  
Closing Remarks

"Shaver has captured the basic elements for success for novice principals and assistant principals. In a friendly, conversant style, she describes many logistical aspects of the job, giving multiple suggestions for ways to make these less of a burden for the school leader."

Janet Kruse Alcorn, Director
Tointon Institute for Educational Change, University of Northern Colorado

"As the face of education continues to change, Organize, Communicate, Empower! fills a major gap for educational leaders. It provides clear, straightforward direction on how to develop a successful school system where staff, parents, and students play a vital role."

David Stewart, West Virginia Superintendent of Schools
West Virginia Department of Education

"This is a practical ‘how to be successful in the early years’ book for school leaders and a wonderful resource for practicing veterans."

Rich Rusak, Senior Consultant
Synergy Development Group, L.L.C.

"This resource highlights skills and strategies that can help school leaders balance daily duites and increase productivity."

Educational Research Services' ERS Bulletin, June 2004

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1: Organization of the Faculty

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