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Effective communication for district and school administrators

Author: Theodore J Kowalski
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Kowalski, Theodore J.
Effective communication for district and school administrators.
(DLC) 2015015418
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Theodore J Kowalski
ISBN: 9781475808865 1475808860
OCLC Number: 920466462
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Preface Chapter 1: Communication Basics *Introduction *Communication Characteristics -Form -Flow -Status -Action -Symmetry *Theoretical Perspectives -Classical theories -Human relations theories -Systems theories *Synthesis *Reflective questions Chapter 2: Communicating Competently *Introduction *Communicative behavior -Institutional dimension -Personal dimension *Avoiding common problems -Insufficient forethought -Organizational constraints -Personal constraints -Inadequate evaluation *Complementary and Relational Communication *Communicative competence *Synthesis *Reflective Questions Chapter 3: Leadership and Relationships *Introduction *Understanding Leadership -Leadership, management, and administration -Formal versus informal leadership *Importance of Relationships -Communicative behavior and relationships -Relationships matter *Synthesis *Reflective Questions Chapter 4: Problem Solving, Decision Making, and Critical Thinking *Introduction *Problem Solving -Problem framing -Stages *Decision Making -Types of decisions -Group decision making *Critical Thinking -Language and communication -Reflection *Synthesis *Reflective Questions Chapter 5: Organizational Communication *Introduction *Schools as Loosely Coupled Organizations -Schools and coupling -Advantages and disadvantages of loose coupling -Contemporary perspective *Communication Networks -Formal versus informal networks -Bridges or buffers -Beneficial properties -Constructing and applying evidence -Evaluating networks *Synthesis *Reflective Questions Chapter 6: School Governance and Democratic Administration *Introduction *Citizen Involvement in School Governance -Democratic localism -Representative democracy -Current conditions *Democratic Administration -Historical context -The second coming -Democratic administration and communication *Synthesis *Reflective Questions Chapter 7: Climate, Culture, and the Learning Organization *Introduction *School Climate -Elements -Closed and open climates *School Culture -Elements -Effects -Culture and communication -Why culture change is difficult *School as a Learning Organization -Organizational learning -A learning culture *Synthesis *Reflective Questions Chapter 8: Initiating and Sustaining Planned Change *Introduction *Contemporary School Reform -1983-1989 -Post 1989 *Change Processes -Empirical-rational -Power-coercive -Normative-reeducative *Process Issues: Involvement and Communication -Inclusiveness -Communicating appropriately *Synthesis *Reflective Questions Chapter 9: School Partnerships *Introduction *Understanding Partnerships -Definition -Levels of Autonomy -Operational Characteristics *Motives -Community stakeholders -Educators -Collaborating organizations/groups *Why Partnerships Succeed or Fail -Effective Practices -Potential Pitfalls *Synthesis *Reflective Questions Chapter 10: Managing Conflict *Introduction *Organizational Conflict -Defining conflict -Conflict in schools *Sources, Types, and Contaminants -Sources and types -Contaminants *Management System and Strategies -System -Strategies *Conflict Management and Communication *Synthesis *Reflective Questions Chapter 11: Conducting a Referendum Campaign *Introduction *Key Administrative Responsibilities *Verifying the need *Marketing *Conducting the Campaign -Organization -Process -Potential pitfalls -Evaluating outcomes *Importance of Communication *Synthesis *Reflective Questions Chapter 12: Relationships with Media Personnel *Introduction *Working with Journalists -Preparation -Making relationships positive *Initiating Media Coverage -Press releases -Press conferences *Electronic Media Interviews -Video -Audio *Crisis Communication -Before the crisis -During the crisis -After the crisis *Synthesis *Reflective Questions
Other Titles: Effective communication for school administrators
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