Beginning the Principalship: A Practical Guide for New School Leaders / Edition 3

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Overview

Filled with information and resources designed to help you survive your first year as principal, this book can help you become a strong and effective leader.

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Editorial Reviews

Jim Hoogheem
"The major strengths of this book are the format and the emphasis on self-reflection and self-assessment. The information presented is solid and provides a great framework for the new principal."
Stephen Handley
"There is no doubt as to the purpose of this book. From the title to the end, it clearly is designed to help the new principal begin a successful career. The various sections which call for introspection and action are meaningful and will provide both the new and the experienced administrator many thought-provoking hours of self evaluation. This book makes a distinct contribution to the field. Even as an administrator with over 25 years of experience, there were several areas which caused me to go back and evaluate if I could do some things better."
Robert D. Ramsey
"This book delivers on its promise. Both practical and visionary, the book is a perfect fit for principals who have to be both managers and leaders."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412926829
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 895,742
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

John C. Daresh is professor of educational leadership at the University of Texas at El Paso. Over the years, he has held faculty or administrative appointments at the University of Cincinnati, The Ohio State University, the University of Northern Colorado, and Illinois State University. He has also worked as a consultant on high school reform and administrator professional development for universities, state departments of education, national and state professional associations, and individual schools and districts across the United States, and also in Barbados, Canada, France, Holland, Israel, Turkey, South Africa, and Taiwan. By far, the bulk of Daresh’s international service has been in the United Kingdom where he served an advisor and trainer for the School Management Task Force that developed and promoted support programs for beginning headteachers, the National College for School Leadership, the Welsh Office of Education, the North West Network for Diploma Development in Cheshire, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Lincoln, the University of Hull, CREATE Consultancies, and literally dozens of Local Education Authorities and individual schools across England and Wales.

Daresh recently completed three years of service as the lead consultant on principal mentoring programs for the Chicago Public Schools as that megadistrict was faced with the challenge of bringing in mostly inexperienced principals to serve in nearly of the school system’s elementary and high schools.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
About the Author
Introduction 1
1 Why This Book Is Important 3
2 A Framework for Understanding the Beginning Principalship 8
Pt. I Technical and Managerial Skills 23
3 A Personal Leadership Checklist 25
4 Expectations for Technical and Managerial Skills 41
5 Learning to Lead by Assisting 56
Pt. II Socialization 69
6 Others' Expectations 71
7 Learning Your School's Culture 81
Pt. III Self-Awareness 93
8 Reviewing Personal Values 95
9 Being a "Boss" 106
10 Building a Personal Timeline for Learning and Development 114
11 Building a Support System 123
Suggested Readings 135
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