The Brain and Strengths Based School Leadership

The Brain and Strengths Based School Leadership

By: Robert W. Kiner (author), Sheryl G. Feinstein (author)Paperback

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Sheryl Feinstein's new book, The Brain and Strength Based School Leadership, demonstrates how educational leaders can use a ground-breaking prototype of leadership strengths plus key concepts about the workings of the brain to hone their own school leadership styles. Placing current research from neuroscience within the context of school leadership concerns, this book, co-authored by veteran administrator and instructional leader Robert Kiner, offers guidance on how to identify leadership strengths as falling into one of four domains or styles: executing, relationship building, influencing, and strategic thinking. The book then details how educators can capitalize on these strengths while employing brain-compatible strategies for everything from creating a positive school culture, to mentoring and supervising teachers, keeping track of standardized testing, fostering community partnerships, using data to inform curriculum and instruction, etc . Perhaps the most important chapter is about shared leadership and how to build on the strengths of teachers and staff to create great leadership teams and effect change. Throughout, the links between learning and neural wiring are made clear, with informative asides on mirror neurons, higher level thinking skills, the plasticity of the brain, the effects of stress, and other fascinating and pertinent facts emerging from current research. Discussion questions at the end of each chapter serve both as a review of the rich information presented, and an invitation to explore putting it to use in your own school or district.

About Author

Learn more about Sheryl Feinstein's PD offerings Sheryl Feinstein is an Associate Professor at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD where she teaches in the Education Department. She is the author of a number of books, including Secrets of the Teenage Brain 2nd Ed (2009), Corwin Press; The Praeger Handbook of Learning and the Brain 2 vol. (2006), Praeger Publisher; Parenting the Teenage Brain: Understanding a Work in Progress, Teaching the At Risk Teenage Brain, and Inside the Teenage Brain: Understanding a Work in Progress (2009), Rowman & Littlefield Publisher; 101 Insights and Strategies for Parenting Teenagers (Fall, 2009), Healthy Learning Publishers; and Tanzanian Women in Their Own Words: Stories of Chronic Illness and Disability, (2009), Lexington Press. In addition to teaching at Augustana College, Feinstein consults at a correctional facility for adolescent boys and at a separate site for Emotionally/Behaviorally Disturbed (EBD) adolescents in Minnesota. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2007-2008 to Tanzania where she taught at Tumaini University in Iringa and conducted research involving the adolescent. In 2006 she was a fellow at Oxford, UK. Prior to joining Augustana College, Feinstein was an administrator for a K-12 school district in Minnesota and taught in the public schools in South Dakota and a private school in Missouri. For nearly three decades, Dr. Robert Kiner was a K-12 public school administrator and instructional leader. He served as a middle school and high school assistant principal, middle school and high school principal, and held key central office positions including Superintendent to the Sioux Falls, SD school district. He has several journal publications and has spoken extensively at local, state and regional conferences and workshops. During his K-12 experience, Dr. Kiner was a student and teacher advocate who always looked for new and different ways to help students achieve success in school. He was an educational entrepreneur who has been recognized for his work with at-risk and special needs students. He has a unique ability to create collegial relationships within schools and maximize academic success for individual students. Dr. Kiner concluded his career as the Education Department Chair and subsequently the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. He currently holds the rank of Professor Emeritus in the Education Department at Augustana College.


Dedication Foreword by Jerry D. Weast Acknowledgments About the Authors Introduction 1. With the Leader's Brain in Mind Strength-Based Leadership The Workings of the Human Brain Conclusion Discussion Questions 2. Using Leaders' Strengths to Create and Maintain a Positive School Climate What's the Point? The Brain and School Climate Putting It Into Practice Instruction and Learning Physical Environment Conclusion Discussion Questions 3. Mind Matters: What Leaders Need to Know About Students The Elementary Student's Brain The Secondary Students' Brain Conclusion Discussion Questions 4. Best of Class: Leading Teachers Curriculum and Instruction Assessment 101 Instruction Technology: Your Brain On-Line Conclusion Discussion Questions 5. The Rubber Meets the Road: Supervision and Evaluation Extreme School Make-Over Empowerment Supervision Evaluation Conclusion Discussion Questions 6. Shared Leadership and Leading Teacher's Strengths The Human Brain Strength-Based Shared Leadership Leading Teacher's Strengths Conclusion Discussion Questions Appendix I: Stress, Teachers, and Students Appendix II: Family and Community School Partnerships References Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781412988452
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9781412988452
  • weight: 28
  • ISBN10: 1412988454

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