Successful principals today need skills in both management and leadership because both are essential to achieve success in all facets of running a school—one is not necessarily more important than the other. However, there are not many books solely devoted to school management. Most work on school management is part of larger works on school administration. Managing Today’s Schools: New Skills for School Leaders in the 21st Century is unique in that the focus on managerially operating a school does not hinder discussion on the interconnectedness between management and leadership. Additionally, emphasis is placed on 21st- century cutting-edge ideas about school management. Each chapter includes case study-type scenarios with thought-provoking questions that simultaneously summarize the chapter while also helping readers think about the ways they might put the ideas of the chapter into practice.
Jeffrey Glanz, Ed.D., is professor of educational administration and supervision at Michlalah Jerusalem College in Jerusalem, Israel. He is series editor of the Rowman & Littlefield School Leadership Series, Bridging Theory and Practice.
Series Editor’s Introduction
Chapter 1. Leading and Managing the School Organization with a Moral Purpose
Clair T. Berube & Maurice R. Berube
Chapter 2. Managing the Change Process through Teacher Empowerment: A New Role for the 21st-Century School Manager-Leader
Shmuel Shenhav & Michael Reichel
Chapter 3.Supporting Technology Integration in Schools: In Pursuit of New Skills for School Managers in the Post-Pandemic Era
Köksal Banoğlu & Sedat Gümüş
Chapter 4. Basic Principles of Teacher Evaluation Examined for School Leaders in the 21st Century
Helen M. Hazi
Chapter 5. Managing School Safety: Boundary Management within a Bourdieu Framework
Chapter 6.Leading the School Organization in the Evolving 21st Century Legal Environment
R. Stewart Mayers
Chapter 7. Leadership for Flourishing: Positive Approaches to Relationship Building
Chapter 8. Fiscal Management: Guidelines for School Leaders
Leonard H. Elovitz
Chapter 9. Best Practices in School Management: A Multi-Dimensional Perspective
About the Editor and Contributors
Managing Today’s Schools: New Skills for School Leaders in the 21st Century provides timely reflection about the nexus between management and leadership. As schools continue to support children and families in an ever-evolving society, school leaders must have the managerial skills necessary to help teachers pivot in real time. In this book, Glanz and colleagues address changing demographics, applying technology to pedagogical practices, increasing teacher leadership, shifting organizational structures to update how teacher evaluations are used, and addressing legal and financial issues schools must face to provide equitable education. These concepts help both practitioners and educational leadership preparation programs close the theory-practice gap we so often see plague the education profession.
Are there still gaps in the research-informed knowledge base available on school management? Is there anything left to innovate on a subject that has been researched for many years? This book proves yes. All too often, school leaders are peddled old solutions to new situations. Unfortunately, as many school leaders have discovered, these solutions rarely work because the 21st century’s schools are essentially different. This fascinating book clarifies how school management should look in contemporary education systems. Glanz’s endless passion for up-to-date research is a source of inspiration.
Many skills are needed to succeed as a school leader. To motivate and engage others requires the ability to administer and make appropriate decisions. This timely book focuses on school management, a part of leadership research that often is neglected. Without the ability to organize and administer the organization and its actors, it is difficult to create the right milieu to maximize student learning. The chapters discuss management-related themes such as moral and ethical decision-making, teacher empowerment, technology, and budgeting. Practical examples are given in which managerial knowledge and skills deeply affect school governance. This is a chance to read a book that gives new perspectives on old issues and challenges.