The book orients and prepares aspiring and practicing administrators to be more effective in dealing with real and practical issues and problems in schools. It is a succinct, problem focused, oral history of issues articulated by newly hired and experience administrators as they consider their decisions. It reflects the honest introspections of practicing administrators, and is unique and original in its approach. It both reinforces existing knowledge and introduces new ideas and insights. Paramount to the information conveyed is the style in which it is presented. By examining leadership issues through the actual words of school leaders, Conversations with Principals distinguishes itself from other leadership material. The text lends itself to a Socratic style of teaching, making it is easy to discuss the issues and themes presented in an open-ended format whereby students exchange ideas and engage in the activities of questioning and analyzing administrative behavior and action. Each oral account is prefaced by contextualizing information about the school leader and the demographics of his or her school. Following each interview there is an analysis of the case, as well as a section with questions and activities for students to complete.
Dr. Andrew Dubin is Professor of Educational Administration in the Department of Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies (DAIS) in the College of Education at San Francisco State University. He received his Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate School and has worked as teacher, Dean of Discipline and Grade Advisor in New York City, abroad as a teacher and drama specialist at Colegio Nueva Granada in Bogota, Colombia, South America, and as a Principal and Superintendent for the International School in Lahore, Pakistan. In 1994, he was Headmaster for the International American School in Rome, Italy. He is published nationally and internationally, has worked as an Educational Consultant, Lecturer at California State University, Fullerton and Program Coordinator in Educational Administration at University of California at Irvine. He also directed a teacher training program for returning Peace Corps Volunteers at SFSU. Dr. Dubin has developed the Educational Administration Leadership Institutes in San Francisco, San Mateo County and is currently directing the Marin County Leadership Institute.
Introduction The Role of the Principal Connecting the Principal to the Reader How the Principal Interviews were formulated Organization of the Book Connecting Across Interviews Matrix of Principal Interviews PART 1: ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Chapter 1: Changing the School Culture Chapter 2: Personal and Professional Belief Systems Chapter 3: Maintaining Stability and History Chapter 4: Social Exchange and Power Chapter 5: The Lens of Decision-Making PART 2: MIDDLE SCHOOL Chapter 6: Leadership Focus and Planning Chapter 7: Evaluation and the Political Arena Chapter 8: Students in Transition PART 3: HIGH SCHOOL Chapter 9: Perceptions and Assumptions Chapter 10: Addressing Organizational and Personal Needs Chapter 11: Group Dynamics and Multi-Nationalism PART 4: NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND Chapter 12: A Principal's Approach to NCLB Chapter 13: A Superintendent's Perspective on NCLB Readings and Resources References Appendix