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Keys to Success for Urban School Principals

Keys to Success for Urban School Principals

Second Edition

November 2006 | 176 pages | Corwin

"A must read for practitioners of educational leadership and students alike! Offers powerful strategies, recommendations, and resources to successfully lead school reform. The checklists are invaluable tools to bring about the cultural shift needed to focus all stakeholders on teaching and learning."
—Roy F. Davenport, Principal, Alfred E. Beach High School, Savannah, GA

Urban principals face unique challenges that deserve unique solutions.

How can urban principals meet the challenge of educating students in environments that routinely include poverty, violence, aging infrastructure, lack of funding, cultural differences, and high levels of turnover? This accessible manual offers powerful tools and practical guidance to ensure that urban principals succeed as school leaders.

Gwendolyn J. Cooke provides tried-and-true, research-based strategies for initiating, stabilizing, and sustaining effective practices. Each chapter includes reflective thinking activities to help school leaders assess needs, and set and achieve goals. This second edition examines the challenges the current educational environment and links the ISLLC standards to seven keys of leadership:

  • Control: manage the school community by building consensus
  • Caring: create a school climate that invites students to learn, grow, and explore
  • Change: use effective strategies to implement constructive change processes
  • Charisma: cultivate your own charismatic potential
  • Communication: strengthen your ability to communicate in different settings
  • Curriculum: provide instructional leadership by harnessing the power of curriculum
  • Courage: find the courage needed to take risks that will move your school forward

Use these proven strategies to increase your leadership capacity and effect real change in your school!

About the Author
1. Control: Managing the School Community
2. Caring: Addressing the Affective Domain of Leadership Success
3. Change: Leading in a New Direction
4. Charisma: Leading With Personality
5. Communication: Sharing Vision and Commitment for Success
6. Curriculum: The Tool for Instructional Leadership
7. Courage: Risk Taking and Responsibility
Resource: School Leadership Styles Instruments

"An outstanding guide for school leaders. Offers powerful strategies, recommendations, and resources to successfully lead school reform. A must-read for practitioners of educational leadership and students alike!"

Roy F. Davenport, Principal
Alfred E. Beach High School, Savannah, GA

"This book definitely makes a contribution to the field of urban school leadership. It blends research with practical application very well."

Rosalind Pijeaux Hale, Professor of Education
Xavier University of Louisiana
Key features
  • Presents seven keys of leadership—Control, Caring, Change, Charisma, Communication, Curriculum, and Courage
  • Links the keys of leadership to ISLLC standards
  • Offers numerous vignettes and examples throughout
  • Provides research-based strategies for developing leadership skills
  • Includes reflective thinking activities that promote effective practices

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1: Control: Managing the School Community

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