|Elizabeth Jennings||Carcanet Press Ltd.|
|JOURNAL OF SCHOOL LEADERSHIP||R&L Education||ePub|
ABSTRACT: This article examines the redesign of two educational leadership programs at different institutions: a medium-sized public university and a small private university. Both were committed to principals of ethical leadership. Each program faced a state mandate to redesign. In one case, state policy focused on detailed accountability measures based on syllabi alignment to standards and a complex paper trail of documentation required for final approval. In the other case, accountability focused on a final portfolio, and programs were encouraged to be innovative. Policy differences combined with situational context to create two different approaches to the redesign work.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,
|Davis, Richard A.||Texas A&M University Press||ePub|
Beaches of Florida
FLORIDA beaches can be easily subdivided into three distinct regions: the Keys, the Gulf peninsula, and the Panhandle. Each of these regions has its own characteristics and its own types of beaches. The three sections are also each oriented quite differently to the primary weather patterns, they have different offshore regions, and they experience hurricanes differently. It should also be noted that these regions are separated by extensive coastal reaches where beaches are rare and poorly developed: the Ten Thousand Islands mangrove system and the Big Bend coastal marsh system (figure 6.1).
Although not a part of the Florida Keys, the islands of the Dry Tortugas are a part of Florida and have beaches. These islands are associated with extensive reef development on Quaternary carbonates and are occupied only by Fort Jefferson, a national monument, and a Coast Guard station. The beaches there are accumulations of reef debris that is coarse sand and all calcium carbonate (figure 6.2).See All Chapters
|Rachel Pollard||Karnac Books||ePub|
Bakhtin's dialogic conception of self and consciousness, in the context of the growing influence of discursive approaches in psychotherapy, apparently offers an optimistic alternative to post-structuralist accounts in proposing a less alienated account of human self-hood that, as Gardener (1998) argues, while being socially determined also possesses a degree of agency and free will. Rather than focus on the ways in which we are constrained and determined by language, Bakhtin seems to celebrate discourse in a way that suggests that the self has at its disposal the endless creative potential of language. His concepts of polyphony and dialogism apparently complement and inform contemporary progressive agendas of acknowledging, respecting and valuing human cultural difference and diversity.
As well as stressing the diversity of social and cultural life, Bakhtin and Voloshinov emphasise communication as a fundamental and defining feature of the human self and, by implication, the healing potential of dialogue, the intersubjective process of talking, listening, and creating meaning.See All Chapters
Genetic Improvement of the Crops in the 1998 Initiative: Historical Context and Exploratory Analysis
Independent Researcher, Fletcher, North Carolina, USA
The 1998 Initiative provided a point of reference for the Diffusion and Impact of Improved Varieties in Africa (DIIVA) Project, but it was a messy base line. Roughly, the same types of data were gathered by participating CG Centers (Institutes within the Consultative Group on International Agri cultural Research); however, uniform methods and protocols were not used. This variation across crops is described in Appendix 5.1.
Could a pooled analysis of these somewhat disparate data sets lead to a viable benchmark for comparing results over time? Economists at
CIMMYT (Centro Internacional de Mejoramien to de Maiz y Trigo; International Center for the
Improvement of Maize and Wheat) and the West
Africa Rice Development Association (WARDA; now AfricaRice) did undertake an analysis of their data sets for sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).See All Chapters
|Shawn Doyle||HRD Press, Inc.|
Types of Training
The purpose of this chapter is to outline the kinds of training that are available to organizations. When most people think of training, they think of one thing—the classroom. When they hear the word learning, what comes to mind is usually something different. I want you to move beyond standard thinking and start thinking about the variety of methods available to any organization that wants to focus on learning.
Classroom TrainingClassroom training is by far the most popular method. It is effective and useful when you want to teach skills, concepts, and principles in large groups. Everyone has had some experience in a classroom and knows how it works. It can either be conducted by someone on staff or someone hired externally.
There are some advantages to classroom training: Advantages of Using Classroom Training
It is effective for developing skills. Classroom training often involves role plays and practice so that learners will have a chance to apply or demonstrate their skills and get feedback on the spot. See All Chapters
|David Petersam||JIST Publishing||ePub|
401 21st Avenue South
Phone: 615.322.6469, 800.288.6936
Dean: Jim Bradford
“In the past few years, we have augmented an already stellar faculty and launched important new programs, building an academic infrastructure that will serve the school for years to come.” —Dean Bradford
Health Care MBA
FULL-TIME MBA SNAPSHOT
Total enrollment: 382
Class of 2010: 176
Length of program: 22 months
Campus: Nashville, TN
Program commences in August
Pre-term orientation attendance required
Requirements: Professional experience not required but highly recommended (average work experience is five years); a four-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent; GMAT score; application; essays; recommendations; GRE not accepted
Letters of recommendation: 2
Interview: By invitation only
Number of applicants: 986
Admittance rate: 36%See All Chapters
|Rone M.D., James K||Basic Health Publications||ePub|
ouve got a number of symptoms that could suggest hypothyroidism and decide to visit Dr. Whitecoat, bringing along a meticulously prepared list of complaints, perhaps bolstered by a book like this one, and plead for a thyroid check. He kindly complies and a few days later you get a call from the nurse: Your thyroid levels are fine. The doctor will see you again next year.
But, but . . .
What is the multi-symptomatic patient to do? First, you should consider the possibility that Dr. Whitecoat is correct. Your thyroid system might be normal. In that case, your doctor should explore other explanations for your symptoms. For every medical complaint, there is a list of possible causes called its differential diagnosis. Hypothyroidism is in the differential diagnosis of fatigue, as are many other things, which may or may not be medical in nature. I see patientsoften womenwhose lives are quite obviously exhausting: kids, their activities, job, housework, and invalid elderly relatives all vying for their time and energy. And some people I see are saddled with still more stressful ordeals on top of the routine ones: divorce, domestic abuse, death, suicide, layoffs, even livestock plagues. Yet it seems a shock to themabsurd, eventhat life might cause their fatigue. My point is, be frank with yourself. There is not always a disease to explain physical symptoms or always a pill to fix them.See All Chapters
|David Sawyer McFarland||O'Reilly Media||ePub|
Web designers used to build web pages for the 800 x 600 pixel resolution of 15-inch monitors. Then, as large LCD screens became popular, most webs wizards designed pages for monitors that measured 1,024 pixels wide and larger. Today, the explosive growth of smartphones, like the iPhone and Android models, make it clear that designers need to craft sites for much smaller screens, too. A majestic, panoramic web page that looks beautiful on a 27-inch monitor turns into a tiny, unreadable postage stamp on an iPhone.
You can accommodate the multitude of mobile browsing devices several ways. Some designers build separate, mobile versions of their sites (see Figure12-1). Using server-side programming, these sites detect the type of device your visitor has and delivers a web page customized for that device. An iPhone web surfer, for example, will see the mobile version of a site, which provides a greatly simplified experience: a single-column design with most of the navigation elements removed, but with a prominent search box added. Of course, not all of us have the time to create two versions of a website, or the technical skills to program a server to detect a visitors browser.See All Chapters
|S.H. Foulkes||Karnac Books||ePub|
A STUDY IN THE TREATMENT OF GROUPS ON PSYCHO-ANALYTIC LINES
(JOINTLY WITH EVE LEWIS, MA)
One of us (S.H.F.) had for many years given much thought to the inherent possibilities of collective treatment. He was, therefore, particularly glad to have the occasion to put his ideas to a practical test. It has not only fulfilled but far exceeded our expectations. While it is an economy of time for the therapist, group treatment of this type actually intensifies the effect and thus shortens the duration of treatment.
We shall report on four groups, two male and two female. Two (M. 1 and W. 1) were of private patients and individual treatment was combined with group treatment whereas in the Clinic Groups (M.2 and W.2) group treatment was only supplemented by occasional short personal interviews.
It is clear that the therapeutic aim under these circumstances is a more modest one than is the case where a full analysis is possible. To restore the balance of the patient’s mind and to enable him to resume a satisfactory function in social, family and professional life within a reasonable period was the task for all practical purposes. This was to be achieved, in so far as possible, through a genuine change in mental economy, based therefore on a lasting foundation. This is not a small claim, but group analysis can and does meet it. Under favourable conditions the patient is enabled to work out the stimulus received, to solve his conflicts in a way better adjusted to reality than he has done hitherto and to derive benefit far beyond the immediate improvement. There are many side aspects exceeding the merely therapeutic aim into which we cannot enter here, but we would like to mention the educational value of such treatment. The concrete realization of the part which social conditions play in their troublesome problems, the social front of inner conflicts, so to speak, sets people thinking in a critical way and makes them experience the part they themselves are playing, both actively and passively, as objects as well as instruments of these conditions—an altogether desirable contribution to their education as responsible citizens, in particular of a free and democratic community.See All Chapters
|Teresa Williams||HRD Press, Inc.|
28 Managing Meetings
This activity is suitable for any or all of the following:
To develop skills in managing meetings
To develop skills in contributing to meetings
To practice influencing and negotiating skills
To investigate group behavior
This activity provides an opportunity to practice the skills involved in conducting or taking part in a meeting. The subject matter has been chosen so that the result will have to be negotiated or reached by compromise; not everyone can have exactly what he or she would ideally like.
It will probably be more useful not to specify a time limit, but to stop the activity when the leader or chairperson has brought the meeting to a natural conclusion or when enough problems have been encountered to make a review beneficial. With inexperienced managers, it is likely that 15 to 20 minutes will provide sufficient learning points and that going on longer will only cause frustration.See All Chapters
|Robert Bruce Thompson||O'Reilly Media|
H A P2 T E R
T W O
Locating and observing astronomical objects requires developing a special set of skills and practices, most of which are not intuitive. It requires a detailed knowledge of the night sky and of specialized astronomical terminology and conventions. There are things you must know and be able to do if you are to be successful.
Just finding the object you want to view can be difficult. The night sky is huge, and many astronomical objects are tiny, dim things. Even after you have found the object and verified its identity, teasing out the maximum possible amount of visible detail is very challenging.
We’ve watched many beginning observers encounter the same frustrating problems—what we call the “newbie blues”—and we’ve helped more than a few of them over the hump. All of them, particularly those who have go-to scopes, hope there are shortcuts to learning to observe. There are no shortcuts. A go-to scope is no better substitute for learning the night sky than an automatic transmission is for learning how to drive. Learning to observe is a hard-won skill, but one you can be proud of achieving.See All Chapters
|Robert B. Tucker||Berrett-Koehler Publishers||ePub|
The old Borg-Warner would have said “you can’t
How will you drive growth in your company? That’s really the key question, is it not? Of course, your company is growing—most firms today are. The challenge is that there’s a gap between the rate of growth they’ve been achieving and the rate of growth they want and need to achieve to remain competitive.
A Corporate Strategy Board study reveals how few firms are growing at rates uncommon in their industry—and sustaining that growth—over time. Researchers analyzed 3,700 companies with half a billion dollars or more in annual revenues over a seven-year period. Of these, only 3-3 percent showed consistently profitable top- and bottom-line growth and shareholder returns. Result: fewer than 21 of the firms (in other words, less than one percent) 14sustained this growth over the past two decades. These 21 companies didn’t just grow top-line revenue; they also outperformed the Standard & Poor’s index during the same period, with a 26 percent compound annual market cap growth versus 13 percent for average S&P companies.See All Chapters
|Kyrsten Sinema||Berrett-Koehler Publishers||ePub|
what kind of world do we want? As progressives, we believe in fairness and justice. We think that all people are equal and should be treated as such, and we think that everyone should be respected for who he or she is. We believe in open processes where everyone is treated with dignity. We value freedom—both freedom from tyranny and the freedom to be and do what we dream. We want everyone to have the opportunity to succeed. And we believe in responsibility—for ourselves, for each other, and for the earth. Finally, we believe in love as a driving force for humanity.
We want to live in a paradise where all of our values have a place, so let’s identify what our vision for the world really is and embrace an ethos that is true to our core values. Instead of falling for the tricks and old habits from the past, when we allowed fear and division to rule our decisions, we instead will choose a better path. This “new ethos”—this way of living and doing—simply means that we’re choosing to live and act in accordance with our values. This means that we practice what we want to achieve.See All Chapters
Invoking the Mulier Fortis
The Confraternity of the Rosary
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee
For inhabitants of Post-Tridentine Italy, no instrument associated with the Blessed Virgin possessed more spiritual force than the Rosary. Also commonly known as the corona or garland, the Rosary was the primary means of accessing the intercessory power of Mary as Mulier
Fortis, the virtuous woman who crushed the head of the proverbial serpent.1 Praying the Rosary while meditating upon its fifteen mysteries allowed the devoted communicant to realize the miraculous potential of the Virgin’s influence and demonstrate its use in overcoming the ills of the world, and the activity was encouraged through the publication of Rosary books that described various techniques of praying the Rosary, as well as through volumes that recounted the numerous legends that had developed in connection with them. Bernardo Giunti’s
1587 Miracoli della sacratissima Vergine [Maria . . . del santissimoSee All Chapters