In The Final Piece: A Systems Approach to School Leadership, the author addresses the need for systems planning in school administration in an effort to assist principals and district leadership in the face of changing demands. The Final Piece is the follow up to Putting the Pieces Together: A Systems Approach to School Leadersip. The second book describes the last two of the four major systems needed for effective school leadership: Student Support and Culture. This book will not only outline these systems and all of their component parts but will provide a “how to” approach to develop each system. In addition, a system for progress monitoring will be described and explained. Materials, such as forms, will be provided throughout as well as questions at the end of each chapter for reflection and planning. Creating these systems not only makes a principal’s job more manageable, thus preventing burnout, but also helps to put the focus where it belongs. Aspiring leaders, sitting principals and district officials will benefit from this system design in order to maximize effectiveness, teacher satisfaction, and student achievement.
Dr. Lee A. Westberry is a former school administrator with over 20 years experience at the middle school, high school, and district levels. Currently, Dr. Westberry is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Program Coordinator for the Zucker Family School of Education at The Citadel in Charleston, SC.
CHAPTER 1: GUIDANCE SYSTEMS
Chapter 2: MULTI-TIERED SYSTEMS OF SUPPORT
Chapter 3: MENTORING PROGRAMS
CHAPTER 4: OUTSIDE AGENCIES
CHAPTER 5: SCHOOL CULTURE SYSTEM
CHAPTER 6: SUPPORT
CHAPTER 7: SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY COMMUNICATIONS
Dr. Westberry’s take on student support systems is all inclusive. I had not thought through all of these arenas. In this day and time, students and families need more support than ever. Additionally, the section on creating culture is also imperative. Her “how to” approach is what our industry has been craving. She even includes forms to reproduce! In essence, this book is a must read for all experienced and aspiring school administrators!