Conversations With Principals: Issues, Values, and Politics is a unique compilation of interviews with principals at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels. Unlike any other text in Educational Administration, this book allows students the unusual opportunity to experience the inner voice of principals as they discuss the many decisions they make and the multitude of people they must engage.
- Places students at the front line of leadership: This book provides a simple, straightforward, and honest view of the realities of the principalship as experienced by those who assume these roles. Each chapter offers a rare view into the minds of educational leaders as they honestly discuss their feelings and strategies behind their leadership practices.
- Provides personal profiles and school demographic data: The professional background of each principal is given so students can better understand their journey from an educator to a leadership position. In addition, each interview conveys a different school situation to demonstrate the complexity of the profession and allow readers to understand how different school contexts impact and affect decisions that are made.
- Connects students to the material: At the conclusion of each chapter, comprehensive and probing questions, role playing activities, and leadership projects engage readers and connect them to the role of principal. An analysis section provided after each interview reflects on the leader's approaches and decision-making in a theoretical context that helps students link theory to application in a very practical and relevant way.
PART 1: ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Chapter 1: Changing the School Culture
Chapter 2: Personal and Professional Belief Systems
Chapter 3: Maintaining Stability and History
Chapter 4: Social Exchange and Power
Chapter 5: The Lens of Decision-Making
PART 2: MIDDLE SCHOOL
Chapter 6: Leadership Focus and Planning
Chapter 7: Evaluation and the Political Arena
Chapter 8: Students in Transition
PART 3: HIGH SCHOOL
Chapter 9: Perceptions and Assumptions
Chapter 10: Addressing Organizational and Personal Needs
Chapter 11: Group Dynamics and Multi-Nationalism
PART 4: NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND
Chapter 12: A Principal’s Approach to NCLB
Chapter 13: A Superintendent’s Perspective on NCLB