The principal is considering revising grade-levelteaching assignments as part of a plan to addressthe weaknesses of the instructional program. Afterproposing the changes to the faculty, the principalsenses growing opposition.What action should the principal take to addressthe situation and relieve the growing conflict?
Bring together representative members of
the faculty to examine the potential benefits
and drawbacks of revising the teaching
This item focuses on the school leaders
knowledge of effective methods for dealing
with opposition. Response (A) avoids rather
than addresses the opposition and postpones
indefinitely a plan that has been deemed
necessary. Response (B) might provide
valuable information to bring to a discussion
with teachers but in itself does not address
their opposition. Response (D) passes a
responsibility that belongs to the principal to
the superintendent and is likely to undermine
the principals effectiveness in the future.
Response (C) acknowledges the teachers stake
in any decision involving their assignments and
provides a forum for teachers to work through
their opposition collaboratively. Therefore, the
correct answer is (C).