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Supervision for Today's Schools, 8th Edition

June 2007, ©2008
Supervision for Today


Specifically designed for the introductory course, this text provides an overview of the field of instructional supervision. Acquaints students with not only the authors’ views on supervision, but with those of other specialists in the field, placing heavy emphasis on practice and the supervisor’s responsibilities as an instructional leader. Continues to stress that the relationship between the supervisor and teacher is built on trust and that the overall goal is to improve student achievement through better instruction.  
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Table of Contents

Part I: Nature of Supervision.
1. Roles of the School Supervisor.

2. Issues in Supervision.

Part II: Leadership in Instructional Development.

3. Helping Teachers Plan for Instruction.

4. Helping Teachers Present Instruction.

5. Helping Teachers with Classroom Management.

6. Helping Teachers Evaluate Instruction.

Part III: Leadership in Curriculum Development.

7. Helping Teachers Plan and Implement Curricula.

8. Helping Teachers Evaluate Curricula.

Part IV: Leadership in Staff Development.

9. Helping Teachers through In-Service Programs.

10. Helping Teachers on a One-to-One Basis.

11.  Helping Teachers Work Together.

12. Helping Teachers Evaluate Their Own Performance.

Part V: The Summative Dimension of Teacher Evaluation.

13. Summative Assessment of Teacher Performance.

Part VI: Instructional Supervision: Evaluation and Change.

14. Improving Instructional Supervision.

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Author Information

Peter F. Oliva is Professor Emeritus at Florida International University and Georgia Southern University. He has served on the faculties of the University of Mississippi, the University of Florida, Indiana State University, Southern Illinois University, and the University of Hawaii. As adjunct instructor, he has supervised interns at the University of Central Florida. He has published numerous articles in education journals and is author of several textbooks in the fields of instruction, supervision, and curriculum, including Developing the Curriculum. He has traveled extensively in Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. He is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Phi Delta Kappa, the National Education Association, and Phi Beta Kappa. He holds an A.B. degree from Cornell University; an M.A.T. from Harvard University; and Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Since the publication of the 6th edition, George Pawlas was appointed to a special principal task force sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. The task force is charged with making recommendations to strengthen principal preparation programs. Dr. Pawlas is known as the "supervisor" proponent in the programs. In addition, he has been contacted by the Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation to update two publications he and a colleague co-authored in the 1989 Elementary Principal series: The Principal and Communication and The Principal and Discipline. He will also revise another publication in the series: The Principal and Supervision. All three of these publications' topics are part of Supervison for Today's Schools.

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New To This Edition

  • Increased attention to diversity, technology, inclusion, and reading.
  • Increased focus on effects of national and state academic standards and testing programs.
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The Wiley Advantage

  • Clear model of instructional supervision in three domains: instruction, curriculum, and staff development.
  • Integration of theory with practice, emphasizing promising and proven practices from actual classroom situations.
  • Treatment of instructional supervision as a helping relationship between supervisors and teachers.
  • Ample references for graduate research.
  • Material on research concepts and methods.
  • Objectives and sumamries featured within each chapter.
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Supervision for Today's Schools, 8th Edition
ISBN : 978-0-470-08758-9
576 pages
June 2007, ©2008
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