The Principal s Companion

Author: Pam Robbins
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1452287589
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The classic personal guide for principals, updated to address today’s challenges Of all the elements needed for a successful school, a competent, responsive and visionary principal may be the most important. And for over a decade, principals of all experience levels have turned to The Principal’s Companion for ideas, techniques and reflective opportunities that help them do their jobs better. The thoroughly updated fourth edition covers big-picture strategies and day-to-day tactics such as: The principal’s many roles Critical skills for effective leadership Honoring the school’s mission Working together to build a learning community Starting effectively and staying the course

Reality Calling

Author: Nicholas J. Pace, Ed.D, author of The Principal's Hot Seat: Observing Real-World Dilemmas
Publisher: R&L Education
ISBN: 1475800495
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This extended, real-world case study provides readers an authentic, unvarnished account of a fully-human principal knee deep in what is appropriately called the toughest job in education.

The Principal as Assessment Leader

Author: Thomas R, Guskey
Publisher: Solution Tree Press
ISBN: 1935542419
Format: PDF, Docs
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This book explores the importance of effective classroom assessment to student achievement and the role of school leaders to model and spark positive change through building teacher literacy, providing targeted professional development, acquiring appropriate technology, and more. With insights from expert practitioners, this book helps schools make the shift to best-practice assessment for districtwide improvements in student learning. Benefits • Identify the characteristics of an effective, balanced assessment system. • Find insights into how principals can best support improved assessment practice in the classroom. • Create professional development opportunities that build schoolwide assessment literacy. • Learn about assessment technology tools, including what to look for, how to use them, and what to expect from staff. • Incorporate data analysis that staff will commit to and use to improve student learning. • Understand the advantages of implementing standards-based grading and reporting. • Gain strategies for using assessment processes to engage learners at risk.

Principals and Student Achievement

Author: Kathleen Cotton
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 087120827X
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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What are the direct and indirect influences of principals on student achievement? How do successful principals motivate others? What kinds of relationships do they have with parents, students, and staff? Principals and Student Achievement identifies 26 essential traits and behaviors of effective principals to show how they achieve success as instructional leaders. Based on a review of 81 key research articles from the last 20 years, this concise book examines how certain practices can affect student achievement, including: * Communication and interaction * Classroom observation and feedback to teachers * Recognition of student and staff achievement * Dedication to a safe and orderly school environment * Support of professional development of staff * Role modeling The book also reviews differences in instructional leadership between elementary and secondary principals, male and female principals, principals in high- and low-socioeconomic-status schools, and more. We all know that principals are important to student success, but few people have pinpointed exactly how they make a positive difference. At a time when principals are being asked to do more for school reform and accountability, Principals and Student Achievement provides a valuable resource for identifying what it takes to be an effective principal and, in turn, an effective school.

Seeking Balance

Author: Nicholas J. Pace
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1475806728
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Seeking Balance: The Story of a Principal’s Second Semester continues the story of fictional Principal Joe Gentry’s first year on the job. Like its predecessor, Reality Calling: The Story of a Principal’s First Semester, this book is crafted from authentic experiences shared by principals. This part of the story picks up in January as Joe anticipates his mid-year evaluation. As winter turns to spring, he reflects on lessons learned and seeks to build on successes and correct his mistakes. Throughout, Joe seeks guidance and support from his wife, mentors, and two friends, who are also new principals. As the months roll by, he navigates the complexities of school leadership and seeks balance between personal and professional life, leadership and management, and theory and the real-world. This extended, real-world case study provides an authentic, unvarnished account of a fully-human principal knee deep in what is appropriately called the toughest job in education. The book concludes with Joe anticipating an end of the year meeting with his two friends to reflect on their progress toward becoming the leaders they have envisioned.

You re the Principal Now What

Author: Jen Schwanke
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416622241
Format: PDF, Mobi
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A principal’s job is astonishingly complex, and its competing demands can be overwhelming, especially in the first few years. In this book, Jen Schwanke, a principal herself, provides a mentor’s guidance to steer new principals through the period of adjustment and set the foundation for a long and rewarding career. The topics you wish your graduate program had covered are covered here—directly, practically, and without the jargon. Drawing on her own experience, Schwanke provides strategies for tackling the most common yet most daunting challenges of the principalship, including * Establishing productive professional relationships * Building and maintaining a positive school culture * Resolving conflict among staff and parents * Providing effective instructional leadership * Supporting students’ social-emotional needs * Conducting staff evaluations and delivering feedback * Keeping up with district, state, and federal mandates * Managing the facility and the budget * Providing focused and effective professional development * Prioritizing responsibilities * Learning from student and schoolwide data * Planning for growth and change * Working through behavior and discipline issues * Hiring high-quality teachers and supporting new ones * Leading effective meetings * Maintaining balance The standalone chapters provide easy access to the solutions you need for the situations you face. Along with real-life scenarios and critical tips for success, you’ll find helpful models of what to do, what to say, and how to say it. This book is a source for ideas any time you encounter a problem and think, “Now what?” It’s the beginning of an ongoing conversation about the wonderful and rewarding work of being a principal.

A Principal Manager s Guide to Leverage Leadership

Author: Paul Bambrick-Santoyo
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1119496659
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Build better schools by training better leaders A Principal Manager’s Guide to Leverage Leadership answers the question that district leaders have been asking across the country: if Leverage Leadership is a roadmap for principals on how to lead great schools, what can principal managers and districts do to support them on that path? A Principal Manager’s Guide to Leverage Leadership offers a step-by-step guide to coaching principals to the highest levels of achievement, and it is rooted in studying the most successful principal managers and districts across the country. It can be used by principal managers/supervisors, superintendents, district and state leadership, and principal training organizations to accelerate the growth of principals in your community. Used in conjunction with Leverage Leadership 2.0, this book identifies the key actions principal managers should take to create exceptional school leaders, integrating the seven levers of leadership into district culture from the principal manager on up. With a particular emphasis on the two “super-levers” of data-driven instruction and student culture, this book is packed with advice, professional development materials, and real-world videos of principal managers in action, offering principal managers a valuable resource for bringing about change. A Principal Manager’s Guide to Leverage Leadership introduces a new unifying approach that is also highlighted in Leverage Leadership 2.0: See It, Name It, Do It. It gives you the tools to See it (see models of effective practice and identify gaps), Name it (name concrete actions for improvement) and Do it (provide means to practice these action steps until a principal masters them) With A Principal Manager’s Guide to Leverage Leadership in hand, principal managers, superintendents and principal training organizations can facilitate district-wide and state-wide transformations and hasten the benefit to the students and community as a whole.

Peer Coaching to Enrich Professional Practice School Culture and Student Learning

Author: Pam Robbins
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416620249
Format: PDF, Kindle
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How can educators work together more effectively to improve professional practice in a way that enhances student performance? The answer, says author Pam Robbins, involves combining collaborative activities and peer coaching—teachers supporting teachers. This book describes how any school can implement these proven practices and experience positive changes in teaching, school culture, and learning. Robbins explains how to develop a collaborative, learning-focused culture and build trust among colleagues; offers strategies for participating in difficult conversations that yield useful feedback; clarifies how to develop, sustain, and evaluate peer coaching efforts; and showcases exemplary peer coaching practices used in real schools. She also includes coaching tools, scenarios, process guidelines, and reflection questions that make it easier to transfer these ideas into a school setting. Peer coaching offers a job-embedded learning strategy; it’s a valuable structure for supporting schoolwide and districtwide priorities such as analyzing data, improving instruction, integrating technology, and implementing standards. In short, it creates an effective way to support the growth of every teacher and enrich learning processes in any school. Pam Robbins is a former teacher, coach, director of professional development, and school leader. She consults with high-performing and low-performing districts and designs and conducts workshops on leadership, school culture, organizational change, mentoring, and peer coaching.

Releasing Leadership Brilliance

Author: Simon T. Bailey
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1506390412
Format: PDF, Docs
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What separates good leaders from brilliant ones? How do you successfully move your school or district from mediocrity to brilliance? Drawing on their expertise in business and education, the authors provide a simple, sustainable framework that will help you overcome educational inertia to reach new heights of achievement. The authors use the forces of flight as a powerful metaphor: Weight: Reveal your Personal Brilliance through self-discovery Lift: Expand Leadership Brilliance through collaboration with all stakeholders Thrust: Drive Team Brilliance by encouraging smart risks and designing potent changes Momentum: Tap into Student Brilliance by unleashing imagination, resilience, and hope Download the free study guide at releasingleadershipbrilliance.com

Fighting for Change in Your School How to Avoid Fads and Focus on Substance

Author: Harvey Alvy
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416624139
Format: PDF, ePub
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In this indispensable book for K–12 leaders, Harvey Alvy offers a thoughtful roadmap and guidance to help educators select, implement, and assess school- or districtwide initiatives that actually work. The book is filled with a wealth of resources—action checklists, principles to guide educators, and in-depth questions and protocols—for engaging in collaborative professional development activities that strengthen teaching and learning practices and improve student achievement. Alvy discusses in detail the six "red flags" that educators confront daily and a set of countervailing strategies (six practical guidelines) to pursue meaningful reforms, initiatives, and innovations: Red Flags * The Narrative Trap * Overpromising and Overloading * Minimizing the Enormous Difficulty of Implementation * Eyes off the Prize * Historical Amnesia * The Business “Solution” Guidelines * Building a Collaborative Learning Community * Effectively Using Human, Fiscal, and Material Resources * Respecting the Change Process * Sustaining a Coherent School Mission and Vision * Embracing Timeless and Eclectic Teaching Practices * Championing and Empowering the Underserved Selecting and implementing reforms, initiatives, and practices wisely is key if we truly want the best for our students--and skipping the necessary planning and forethought can be catastrophic. Fighting for Change in Your School: How to Avoid Fads and Focus on Substance is the book every educator needs to ensure the former and prevent the latter. The time to address these challenges is now.