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Being a Successful Principal

Being a Successful Principal
Riding the Wave of Change Without Drowning

October 2000 | 200 pages | Corwin

Principals: Learn to ride the wave of change without drowning!

This collection of insights, anecdotes, gifts, and guidance on shared leadership in schools is written by principals for principals—the book, the authors say, "we wish we could have had when we began or careers as administrators." It's a book of theory evolved into day-to-day practice, with subjects that include:

  • Trusting in yourself and others
  • Learning to change
  • Handling change without being swept away
  • Assessing students, staff, and schools
  • The administrator as mediator
  • Standing your ground while maintaining your relationships

. . . and much more, including specific self-assessment skills that allow you to measure your own development.

Being a Successful Principal is a great new book for administrators, aspiring administrators, or anyone interested in how schools are run on a day-to-day basis.

Dave Schumaker has been a public school teacher for 21 years, a principal of a high school and middle school for over ten years, and a staff develop for the past four years as the Director of the Central Coast Consortium for Professional Development, Region V in Santa Clara County, California. David is also a mentor on assignment for the National School Conference Institute in Phoenix; his workshops explore brain-based education, teaching strategies, assessment, thinking skills and many other subjects.

William A. Sommers, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of educational leadership at Hamline University and a junior high school principal in Owatonna, Minnesota. For the past ten years, he has worked as an associate trainer for the Institute of Intelligent Behavior based in Denver, Colorado. Bill has been in K-12 education for 29 years as a teacher, an assistant principal, junior high and high school principal in suburban and urban schools. He has also been adjunct faculty member at the University of St. Thomas, the University of Minnesota, and Capella University.



About the Authors
1. Communication--the Foundational Skill
2. Trusting Yourself, Trusting Others
3. Learning to Change (and Liking It)
4. Classrooms Are Not the Only Places to Learn
5. Tsunami--Riding the Wave of Change Without Drowning
6. Mediating Conflict
7. Standing Your Ground (Even in Quicksand)
8. Assessing Students, Staff, and Schools
9. Get a Life!
10. The Principal's Toolbox: Anecdotes and Hints for Survival in a Cruel, Cruel World
Resource: Some Must-Read Books for Administrators: An Annotated List
References and Further Reading

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ISBN: 9780803967694