Many new principals seek a professional guide that is simple, current, to-the-point, and enjoyable to read. A Primer for New Principals can be used by beginning principals as a personal reference for the demands of the stressful and important job. The guidelines presented in this book are grade-level neutral-intended for the principal of K-12 public, charter, or private schools. More than 100 references and recommended readings are provided.
The specific activities and information in this book are very helpful for the new principal. Common sense approaches and practical guidelines for handling situations facing new principals will help the new administrator avoid the pitfalls that many of us struggled through on our own.
I found Richard Kellough's book reaffirming. I have read many books on leadership, but his was more comprehensive. I found it helpful to the first year principal, especially the evaluative/reflective assessments at the end of the book.
[This book] is a straight-forward overview of the various elements of the principalship. Dr. Kellough is brief, yet insightful. It is refreshing to have a broad overview of what a first-year principal will likely encounter. Kellough's conversational approach will allow new principals to quickly read the book for a general understanding of things to consider in order to avoid first-year pitfalls and behaviors to consider for effective management and leadership in secondary or elementary schools.
Chapter 1 Important Things You Need to Know Up Front Chapter 2 Becoming an Effective Leader Chapter 3 Your Areas of Responsibilities Chapter 4 Ensuring That Your School Is a Safe Place Chapter 5 Providing Instructional Leadership Chapter 6 The Off-Site Community Chapter 7 Summary Self-Assessment: Characteristics of the Ideal Principal