The School Leader's Guide to Understanding Attitude and Influencing Behavior
Working With Teachers, Parents, Students, and the Community
- Brandt W. Pryor
- Caroline R. Pryor - Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
Leadership | Staff Supervision/Evaluation/Retention
This model has been used successfully in business, healthcare, social policy, and politics for years, but is only just beginning to be applied to education. By using this model, school leaders can make more effective, data-driven decisions.
Some examples of how model can be applied to education include:
- Teachers integrating technology in the classroom
- Parents monitoring their children's homework
- Formulating school policy
- Teacher retention
Educational leaders at LEA and school level, including advisors and SMT members will find this a invaluable tool for decision making and working with other school staff. Governors and other community members will find the information useful as well. In addition, this book is suitable for postgraduate students of educational leadership.
“Educational administrators will find the book to be an easily applicable tool for solving many of the dilemmas they face in their schools."
"Finally a book that can serve as a useful tool for aspiring and practicing school leaders. Today's school leader needs strategies and competencies in working with diverse audiences and perspectives. The Pryors have achieved this."
“The business of education is a ‘people’ business; the most successful school leaders are those who have a full understanding of the individuals and groups they lead. This book provides a practical framework that enables school leaders to effectively asses the attitudes and better understand the behaviors of their staff.”
"As a former public school administrator for many years, and now at the university level, I believe principals will find important topics that are though provoking and applicable . . . an excellent tool for administrators."
"This book fills a major void in the literature focused upon educational leadership."
"Given the press for school administrators to implement and manage change, this book provides a framework for identifying why new initiatives are resisted and how best to reduce or eliminate this resistance."
"The book provides a theoretical base for practical application of strategies that will strengthen beliefs and attitudes that support behaviors that can move a school toward the fulfillment of its educational mission."
"Beyond providing a useful framework to examine behavioral changes in schools, this book delves into the details of how attitudinal change occurs and provides the reader with a process for transforming changes in schools."
"Today's principals are in the hot seat. Communities demand excellence for their children. This book helps principals understand how to approach problem-solving and decision-making for successful outcomes."
"An exceptional job of blending theory and practice. Written for the school administrator, it is clear, concise, and useful! It provides a tool that can bring about change and positively impact student performance and achievement."
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1: How Are Attitudes and Behaviors Formed?