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Dismissal Doesn't Have to Be Difficult : What Every Administrator and Supervisor Should Know - Chet H. Elder

Dismissal Doesn't Have to Be Difficult

What Every Administrator and Supervisor Should Know

Paperback Published: 28th March 2004
ISBN: 9781578860999
Number Of Pages: 144

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In Dismissal Doesn't Have to be Difficult, author Chet Elder gives lie to the universal belief that tenure is a firewall of protection for unsatisfactory teachers. Elder provides school administrators with a simple method, called Exit Counseling, to rid their schools of mediocre, marginal, and incompetent teachers. He teaches principals how to build a case and document it so tightly that virtually any union challenge will fail. His theory is simple straightforward, clear, and concise. Elder watched and learned a lot about teacher dismissal over the 32 years he spent as an education association UniServ Director in Maryland and Delaware. Having "worked the other side," he shares the techniques, tips, and even the traps he learned and used over the years. He has interacted with hundreds of administrators and teachers, he knows both sides' vulnerable spots, and in Dismissal Doesn't Have to be Difficult, he shares that knowledge. In case format, Elder uses his "war stories" to illustrate and confront school reform, incompetence, insubordination, negligence, union secret weapons and tactics, grievance avoidance, and bouncing lemons. This book is a user friendly, handy reference every administrator and supervisor should have on hand.

Many administrators have been placed in their jobs without sufficient training on staff evaluations, dealing with discipline issues, or understanding the pitfalls they might face in their administrative role. This book has proven to be a tremendous training tool and reference manual for our entire administrative staff. We have reviewed it, discussed it, highlighted it, and identified ourselves with others throughout the text. Without hesitation, I recommend this book as one of the best I have read. It is not a book that you read once and put on the shelf. It is one that you will keep close at hand, and refer to often. Enjoy!--Connie Gillette, assistant superintendent for Finance and Personnel, Lowell Area Schools, Lowell, Michigan

Dismissal doesn't have to be difficult : making dismissals simple, professional, and positivep. 1
Insubordination flows too freely : an in-depth examination of insubordination and how to eliminate itp. 10
School reform's greatest obstacle : how deadwood in the classroom stands in the wayp. 15
Ignoring the weapons you have : overlooked opportunities to actp. 19
Kids make the tough calls easy : one simple question makes hard evaluation decisions easyp. 23
Dismiss a teacher : five easy calls : dismissible behaviors that can't be overturnedp. 26
Documentation : the key to successp. 32
Consistency is critical : inconsistency is the union's best friendp. 35
Time limits and deadline dates : why you can't afford to let them slidep. 39
Personality conflicts : do you have to put up with them?p. 42
"I just can't do it" : building the confidence necessary to dismissp. 46
Don't pass up the gimmes : learn what they are and what to do about themp. 48
Only the excellent teachers get tenure : eliminate the marginal and mediocre nontenured teachersp. 55
Tenure is not a firewall for the unsatisfactory teacher : the most overrated myth in public educationp. 59
Why principals are reluctant to act : learn the number one reason and how to get around this obstaclep. 65
Don't worry about those outside organizations : how to handle groups with powerful initialsp. 72
Does the union have a secret arsenal? Find out the truth behind the union's most powerful weaponryp. 74
Exit counseling : more than just a euphemism for firingp. 79
Don't let fairness become an albatross : why you should avoid going overboard in the name of fairnessp. 82
Being a buddy or being a boss : what research says about the good guysp. 88
The politics of teacher dismissal : recognizing the political realities of dismissal and learning how to deal with themp. 90
How to avoid grievances : the RAW methodp. 94
Peer assistance and review program : is it right for you?p. 99
My most memorable cases : learn from these true storiesp. 110
Frequently asked questionsp. 118
The dismissal doesn't have to be difficult checklistp. 123
Incompetency definedp. 125
Negligence definedp. 127
App. D : cases summarizedp. 129
Bibliographyp. 131
Indexp. 133
About the authorp. 135
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ISBN: 9781578860999
ISBN-10: 1578860997
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 28th March 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.78  x 1.17
Weight (kg): 0.22