Case Studies in 21st Century School Administration: Addressing Challenges for Educational Leadership

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Case Studies in 21st Century School Administration: Addressing Challenges for Educational Leadership presents real problems that confront today's school leaders who must deal with issues of diversity, school improvement, and limited resources. Authors David L. Gray and Agnes E. Smith give prospective school leaders opportunities to resolve complex issues in K-12 school settings through reflective questions, activities, and authentic assessment tools for skill development.
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David Gray is Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Foundations at The University of South Alabama. A former teacher and school principal, he teaches a number of courses in the educational administration and leadership areas. He has published extensively in journals and is a contributor to Developing the Effective Teacher: Hiring, Evaluation, and Retention Practices for the School Administrator (Aspen Publishers).

Agnes Smith is Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Foundations at The University of South Alabama. She has published widely in education journals. She is a former teacher and school principal.

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SAGE
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Published on
Jan 18, 2007
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Pages
224
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ISBN
9781452235974
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Language
English
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Genres
Education / Administration / General
Education / Leadership
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