A Primer for New Principals: Guidelines for Success

A Primer for New Principals: Guidelines for Success

by Richard D. Kellough
     
 

ISBN-10: 1578867479

ISBN-13: 9781578867479

Pub. Date: 12/14/2007

Publisher: R&L Education

A Primer for New Principals is a current and concise guide for beginning principals on how to meet the demands of principalship. Information is organized by grade level and is relevant for principals of K-12 public, charter, or private schools. More than 100 references and recommended readings are also provided.

Overview

A Primer for New Principals is a current and concise guide for beginning principals on how to meet the demands of principalship. Information is organized by grade level and is relevant for principals of K-12 public, charter, or private schools. More than 100 references and recommended readings are also provided.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578867479
Publisher:
R&L Education
Publication date:
12/14/2007
Pages:
140
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Important Things You Need to Know Up Front     1
Have a Clear Understanding of Why You Were Hired     1
If Not a "Hired Gun," Then What? Think Support!     4
Your Initial Address to the Staff     5
Set the Course, Observe, and Listen     6
Show Only Respect for Your Predecessor (and Other Administrators)     7
Inform Your Staff of Where You Stand and of What Is Not Negotiable     8
Do You See Yourself as a Know-It-All or as an Educational Broker?     8
You May Be Asked to Assume Additional Responsibilities     9
Do Your Homework     10
Don't Ignore the Larger Picture     10
Becoming an Effective Leader     11
Delegate Responsibilities: A Quality Characteristic of Effective Leadership     12
Effective Time Management     14
The Reflective Principal     14
Leadership Styles: Understand the Ongoing Development of Your Own     16
No Single Right Way for All Principals in All Schools     18
Lead by Modeling     19
Build and Maintain a Learning Community     22
Take Good Care of Your Support Staff     25
Avoid Playing Favorites     25
Tweaking the Environment Can Sometimes Makea Big and Positive Difference in How People Interact     27
Encourage Teachers to Assume Leadership Roles     27
Create a School Leadership (Management) Team     27
Engage the Faculty in Productive Dialogue and Meetings     29
Professional Development as an Integral Part of Each Faculty Meeting     30
Be a Multicultural Leader     30
No Coward Ever Got the Great Principal Award: Be Prepared to Make the Tough Decisions     35
Is the Principalship a Terminal Position?     38
Your Areas of Responsibilities     39
Your Ultimate Task     39
It Is Helpful to Have a Mentor, Sometimes More Than One     41
When Should I Seek Help?     42
Coping Strategies: Avoiding Feelings of Aloneness     43
Humor Is an Intelligent Behavior: A Principal Should Act Intelligent     44
Knowledge, Behaviors, and Abilities Needed to Accomplish Your Task     45
Sharing a Common Purpose     47
Establish and Maintain Conditions That Support the School's Mission     50
Celebrate and Acknowledge Often the Hard Work and Successes of Others     50
Interacting with an Adult Who Is Angry: Have a Plan     50
if You Have Assumed Principalship of a School That Needs Academic Improvements      52
Effects of Neighboring Schools     53
Students' and Teachers' Workdays and Responsibilities Sometimes Need Restructuring     53
Be Patient; Don't Be in Too Great a Hurry to Implement Changes     55
Maintain an Attractive and Functional Office     55
Guideline for Phone and Mail Use     55
Document Almost Everything     56
Help Others to Become Comfortable with Data and Technology     56
Ability to Multitask Is Paramount     57
Your Life Away from School     57
Be a Leader of New Leaders     58
Is Being an Assistant or Vice-Principal a Necessary Predecessor to Becoming a Principal?     59
Ensuring That Your School Is a Safe Place     60
Safety Concerns Should Be Constantly on Your Mind     60
Do Periodic Campus Building and Grounds Walkthroughs     62
What to Do When an Injury Occurs     62
Sometimes Schools Are Actually Dangerous Places     63
Sex Offenders on Campus     63
Preventative Interventions in Common Areas     64
Develop a Program for Bully Awareness, Prevention, and Intervention     64
Help Students to Safety Navigate the Web     67
Ensure Playground Equipment Is Safe     68
Responsible Teachers Establish, Maintain, and Teach Safety Procedures     69
Prepare for Acts of Incivility at School Sporting Events     70
Develop a Crisis Preparedness Plan     70
Accusation of Inappropriate Sexual Conduct     73
Your Own Ethical and Moral Behavior     74
Providing Instructional Leadership     75
Ensure That Your School Has the Best Teachers Possible-and Retains Them     76
Purposes and Principles of Assessments within the School Setting     77
Helping Teachers Improve: Observe and Listen     78
Get Out of Your Office and into the Classrooms     81
The Classroom Walkthrough     81
Characteristics of the Competent Teacher     84
Evaluate Staff Wisely, Remembering That the Past Is History     87
When the Students Already Are Achieving at High Levels     88
Insulate Staff from Angry Parents/Caregivers     88
The Off-Site Community     90
School-Community Partnerships Take Many Forms     91
Seek Community Participation in the School's Mission     94
Engage Parents and Caregivers: Reach the Hard-to-Reach     95
Benefits from Efforts to Reach More Caregivers     96
Use the School's Website to Its Fullest Potential     97
Summary Self-Assessment: Characteristics of the Ideal Principal     99
Glossary     103
References and Recommended Readings     113
Index     123
About the Author     127

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