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Who Said School Administration Would Be Fun? Coping With a New Emotional and Social Reality by Jane L. Sigford

Who Said School Administration Would Be Fun? Coping With a New Emotional and Social Reality


Who Said School Administration Would Be Fun? Coping With a New Emotional and Social Reality by Jane L. Sigford

Geared toward aspiring and new school administrators, this Second Edition offers a collection of the essential unspoken and unwritten rules of school administration. Jane Sigford offers useful strategies for maintaining perspective, managing and leading like a successful systems thinker, transforming school culture into a climate of trust and compassion, and, ultimately, responding to all levels of accountability faced in schools today. Filled with real-life examples, vignettes, exercises, and strategies, every prospective and new administrator will appreciate this fresh approach to handling the myriad challenges that school leaders encounter on the job.


This user's manual for new and seasoned principals covers both inter- and intrapersonal issues faced by administrators, including the transition from teacher to principal, leadership skills, organizational culture, and how administrators can provide leadership while keeping accountability in perspective. -- Curriculum Connections, Spring 2006 I found myself making stars in the margins or writing YES!, Been There, Done That, I can relate!, Interesting, Good Suggestion, True... -- Ann Porter, 2002 NAESP National Distinguished Principal The book is unique in that it addresses the socioemotional stages of professional transitions...this was an easy read that had me highlighting passages on almost every page or citing relevant quotes I want to use or share with others. The material is well integrated so you can see the more global picture of administration, yet allows the reader to focus and actively reflect on the very real scenarios used as examples. -- Michelle Kocar, Principal

About the Author

Jane Sigford is the executive director of curriculum and instruction for a suburban school district. She is also an adjunct professor at Hamline University, where she teaches in the Educational Leadership doctorate program. Sigford's doctorate in educational policy and administration was earned at the University of Minnesota. Her strengths and interests lie in shaping education to meet the needs of the 21st century. In her current district, Sigford's role is to loosen the traditional paradigms of education so that they can shape their own future. They conduct future searches to see where they want to be in five years and then design their curriculum and assessment accordingly. In addition, Sigford facilitates large group discussions about complex issues, such as self-examination of middle school programs. Rather than strategic planning, she facilitates self-studies with a future focus. Corwin Press has published Jane Sigford's two books, including The Effective School Leader's Guide to Management (2006) and Who Said School Administration Would be Fun?, Second Edition (2005). The second title is used as a text in several local administrative licensure programs. Sigford has conducted trainings internationally. Her experience includes being a classroom teacher, special education teacher, high school principal, and district-level curriculum director, in addition to teaching in higher education. She has licensure in teaching students with emotional disorders and learning disabilities.

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Publication date

1st June 2005


Jane L. Sigford

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SAGE Publications Inc


136 pages


Organization & management of education



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