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IN-BASKET ACTIVTY The New Administrator You are Dr. Rollover. You were approved by the School Board on August 11 to succeed Mr. Sanders as principal...

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1. I have been given 1 week to read and take action on all of the in-basket items presented following the instructions. You are not expected merely to describe what you would do, but to do it. For example, if you decide to write a letter, then compose the letter. If you decide to telephone a person or see someone for a conference, then outline your objectives, as well as the main points or questions that you would present.

2. Each of the in-basket items requires a separate action, which you should present on another sheet of paper, to which you should also add the identification number in the upper left-hand corner of the in-basket item. Although the in-basket items are numbered, you may deal with them in whatever sequence you prefer, however, you should indicate on your response sheet the priority number which you have assigned to each item: 1 = high priority, 2 = moderate priority, and 3 = low priority.
3. Proceed to address the in-basket items.

IN-BASKET ACTIVTY The New Administrator You are Dr. Rollover. You were approved by the School Board on August 11 to succeed Mr. Sanders as principal of Kennedy School. However, due to a death in your family, you were unable to report to Kennedy School until the weekend of August 22-23. You have arrived at the school on Saturday morning to look at your mail and start organizing things. Specific information about the context of this situation, including a description of the school, district, and community has not been provided in order that these facts might vary depending on the composition of the class or group, and instructional objectives. Adjustments in context, culture, level of experience and size of school and district may be provided by the instructor, to the extent needed and at an appropriate time. Assignment INSTRUCTIONS 1. You will be given the next 2 weeks to read and take action on all of the in-basket items presented following the instructions. You are not expected merely to describe what you would do, but to do it. For example, if you decide to write a letter, then compose the letter. If you decide to telephone a person or see someone for a conference, then outline your objectives, as well as the main points or questions that you would present. 2. Each of the in-basket items requires a separate action, which you should present on another sheet of paper, to which you should also add the identification number in the upper left-hand corner of the in-basket item. Although the in-basket items are numbered, you may deal with them in whatever sequence you prefer, however, you should indicate on your response sheet the priority number which you have assigned to each item: 1 = high priority, 2 = moderate priority, and 3 = low priority. 3. Proceed to address the in-basket items. In-Basket Item #1 August 19 Dear Dr. Rollover: I am writing you to request a meeting to establish a Parent Council for the school. I was a member of the P.T.A. that folded a couple of years ago because of a lack of leadership from the principal. What we need now is a new parent group with more responsibility and more enlightened leadership from the principal than we have received in the past. As someone with an advanced 58 degree, I am sure you support parent involvement in education. I look forward to working with you. Sincerely, Peggy Kim Parent In-Basket Item #2 Telephone Message For Dr. Rollover From Tom Roberts (State Journal) Time 9:30 A.M. . August 14 Please call back. The newspaper would like to do a feature on you as the new principal, and I need to set up a time for interviewing you and some of the teachers and students. In-Basket Item #3
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Dr. Rollover, I hope that things are going to be better this year on the first day of school than lastyear. Last year I had to begin classes without enough textbooks and some important supplies like chalk didn't arrive until Friday of the first week. I know you are new and you have a lot on your mind, but teachers think it is important that classes run smoothly on the first day of school. Hopefully with your help we can get off to a better beginning. Pattie Quinn In-Basket Item #4 Dear Dr. Rollover: First of all, welcome to Kennedy School. From all I have heard, you should bring some much needed leadership to the school. The reason I am writing you (I tried to get in to see you but your secretary said you weren't seeing anyone for awhile) is that I would like you to emphasize at the first meeting with the teachers the importance of consistently enforcing the discipline rules, especially the rules on students being on time to class with appropriate materials to work with (you know, like pencils and paper-that kind of stuff) and the gum-chewing rule. The last two years things have been deteriorating and last spring was a mess-too much teacher inconsistency. I don't like to complain about my colleagues, but something's got to be done before the kids take over the school. What this school needs is a real crackdown. I have heard that you're the type that is prepared to "bite the bullet" and in my judgment that time has definitely arrived. Sincerely, Bill Stone In-Basket Item #5 August 17 Dear Dr. Rollover: The purpose of this letter is to request your approval to conduct a study on the impact of new leadership at the school site level. The study would employ ethnographic methods-essentially, shadowing and interviews-of your first six months on the job. I am trying to ascertain the kind of impact a new principal can have on a school. Having a doctorate yourself, I am sure you value research and can appreciate the need for someone like myself-a doctoral student-to complete my dissertation. Thank you in advance for your interest and cooperation. I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Bob Turtle Doctoral Student Basket Item #6 July 17 MEMO TO: Principals FROM: Assistant Superintendent All principals should remind teachers at the first faculty meeting before school begins this year that all teachers will be evaluated, using the new Teacher Accountability Evaluation form that the school board approved last year. Also, principals should emphasize at this first meeting that teachers need to be more careful in using their sick leave days, as there were apparent abuses last year. In-Basket Item #7
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