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Mastering the Balance of the Principalship
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Mastering the Balance of the Principalship
How to Be a Compassionate and Decisive Leader


September 2006 | 152 pages | Corwin
"From the theoretical to the practical, the author clearly understands what it is like to serve as a principal. I love the practicality of the text; the real life of the principal is seen through the vignettes."
—Bonnie Tryon, Principal, Golding Elementary School, Cobleskill, NY

"This book is relevant for new and veteran administrators. It is very insightful and validating, and will help guide administrators to improve their abilities."
—Darin Drill, Principal, Cascade High School, Turner, OR

Combine decisive leadership and collegial collaboration for success in your principalship!

How do principals establish themselves as caring and collaborative leaders while maintaining unilateral authority? This must-have guide reconciles the competing priorities inherent in a principal's day-to-day responsibilities. Not only will it assist new and veteran principals in their efforts to compassionately position teachers and children for success, but it will also help them to understand how and when it makes sense to practice the art of tough decision making.

Readers will discover how to:
  • Work effectively with school staff, administrators, support personnel, and parents
  • Achieve the delicate balance between acting as a compassionate leader and tough decision maker
  • Leverage a wide variety of tips and techniques in their daily practice
  • Align leadership practice to the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium

Discover how the most influential principals merge firm management with caring leadership to foster school success.


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
1. The Formal Job Description
 
2. On Becoming a Collaborative Leader
 
3. On Making Unilateral Decisions
 
4. On the Need to Be Action Oriented
 
5. Nonnegotiable Staff Behavior
 
6. Nonnegotiable Student Actions
 
7. Nonnegotiable Issues in Dealing With Parents
 
8. First Semester: Planning for the School Year
 
9. Second Semester: Focusing on a Positive Culmination to the School Year
 
10. Job Position: School Principal---Qualifications: Miracle Worker
 
Resource A: ISLLC Standards
 
Bibliography
 
Index

"From the theoretical to the practical, the author clearly understands what it is like to serve as a principal. I love the practicality of the text; the real life of the principal is seen through the vignettes."

Bonnie Tryon, Principal
Golding Elementary School, Cobleskill, NY

"This book is relevant for new and veteran administrators. It is very insightful and validating, and will help guide administrators to improve their abilities."

Darin Drill, Principal
Cascade High School, Turner, OR

"A practical guide providing suggestions for reflective leadership."

Curriculum Connections, Spring 2007
School Library Journal
Key features

·         Real-life examples used in schools

·         Supports ISLLC standards

·         Resources and templates included

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Preface

Introduction

Chapter 1


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