Teachers as Servant Leaders

Author: Joe D. Nichols
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 1442204540
Format: PDF, Kindle
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In today's political environment with the emphasis on testing, standards, and accountability, teachers can easily feel frustrated by the amount of time and resources left over for teaching-for guiding students not only in academics but also in character education. Educators can find themselves losing focus of what initially inspired them to teach. Teachers as Servant Leaders provides pre-service teachers and those currently in the profession with a renewed perspective of not just being a content expert or classroom/behavioral manager, but leaders within their own classrooms, school buildings, and local communities.

The Power of Teacher Leaders

Author: Nathan Bond
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317806859
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Co-published with Kappa Delta Pi, The Power of Teacher Leaders provides a comprehensive resource for understanding the ways that teacher leaders foster positive change in their schools. Distinct from school administrators, teacher leaders are professionals who remain in the classroom and use their specialized knowledge and skills to improve student achievement, influence others, and build organizational capacity. Written by leading educational researchers, each chapter of The Power of Teacher Leaders describes a different way that teachers are leading. Moving beyond the question of why teacher leaders are important and how such work is implemented, the contributing scholars to this collection offer a critical examination of the field by presenting original research, case studies, and programs in practice. Topics covered include how teachers become leaders, their wide-ranging leadership roles, and the effects of teacher leadership on student academic success and school communities. A cohesive edited collection, this book demonstrates how teacher leaders play an increasingly active role in the improvement of student learning, teacher professional development, and school climate.

Checklist for Life for Teachers

Author: Checklist for Life,
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 1418559350
Format: PDF
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Checklist for Life for Teachers is the ultimate handbook for educators, offering insight into issues that are specific to the challenges teachers face every day in the classroom. In addition to a brief narrative, each chapter of this interactive handbook features: An I Will checklist of heart and attitude reinforcements A Things to Do checklist of action points A Things to Remember section of scripture verses and applicable quotes from famous and not-so-famous people Topics addressed include patience, fairness, goals, time management, leadership, creativity, and vision, to name a few. In all, there are insightful narratives, scriptures, quotations, and checklists on sixty-six topics. The practical, inspirational content plus the attractive two-color text design and unique cover make this a book teachers will want to purchase or receive as a gift.

Introduction to Effective Music Teaching

Author: Alfred S. Townsend
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 144220947X
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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An Introduction to Effective Music Teaching provides the prospective teacher with front-line tested strategies and approaches that are based on current research and the author's experience. With an open and accessible writing style, Townsend reviews the components of effective teaching and guides the reader in constructing a personal, practical philosophy of music teaching and learning.

Ethical Leadership for School Administrators and Teachers

Author: Joseph P. Hester
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786480838
Format: PDF, Docs
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The mission of educational leadership seems to have shifted from culture growth to standardized testing. This book suggests that the time has come for educational leaders to re-evaluate their mission and redirect their schools to a broader curriculum emphasizing the moral nature of learning. The author also suggests activities that can encourage leaders to change their methods. Leadership requirements, principles, characteristics, skills, climate and performance standards are set out in six chapters, two appendices provide additional information, and a third lists web resources available through the Internet. A glossary, notes, bibliography, and index complete the work.

Teacher Leadership

Author: Elaine L. Wilmore
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1452294119
Format: PDF
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Wilmore integrates school reform research with strategies for increasing classroom leadership capacity and offers a global perspective on classroom teachers' participation as leaders of students and schools.

Examination of Leadership Practices of Principals Identified as Servant Leaders

Author: Timothy Andrew Taylor
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The purpose of this study was to conduct an analysis which compared and contrasted the leadership practices of principals who utilized servant leadership with those who do not utilize servant leadership. This analysis served to assess the leadership strengths and weaknesses utilizing the "best" leadership practices advocated by Kouzes and Posner's (1997). Though servant leadership has been written about and practiced by many leaders and researchers in the past few years it has had limited research conducted in a systematic quantitative manner. Due to the growing popularity of servant leadership the researcher felt that it was imperative to takes steps to not only explore its meaning but to examine the effectiveness this leadership provides. This study was divided into two phases. In the first phase the Self-Assessment of Servant Leadership (SASL) was used to survey Missouri public school principals to create two groups of principals for the second phase of the study. The results of the SASL were analyzed and one group of principals who utilize servant leadership and another group who do not utilize servant leadership were created. The second phase, utilizing Kouzes and Posner's (1997) Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI), examined the leadership effectiveness of each of the two identified groups of principals. Once the data were collected an analysis comparing and contrasting the "best leadership practices" of the two principal groups was conducted. Statistical analysis included a multi variate test which was conducted to determine if the demographic variables (prior educational experience, administrative experience, gender, ethnic background, school building level and personal level of education) were significantly related to the overall self assessed rating. An additional statistical analysis was conducted to examine the possible relationships between the five "best" leadership practices advocated by Kouzes and Posner (1997), as they relate to both the servant leader and non-servant leader principal groups. These "best" practices include: (1) challenging the process; (2) inspiring a shared vision; (3) enabling others to act; (4) modeling the way; (5) encouraging the heart. The data obtained from the Leadership Practices Inventory were analyzed using descriptive statistics and univariate analysis of variance (ANOVA). The research findings revealed that no demographic variable was significantly related to the overall SASL rating. The research findings also revealed that public school principals in Missouri who rate themselves high on the SASL are rated significantly higher by their teachers in the five leadership areas highlighted by the LPI. From these results one can assume that servant leaders, as identified using the SASL, are perceived by their teachers as more effective leaders as measured by the LPI.