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

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The best way to learn the ropes is to have an expert at your side. Beginning the Principalship, Third Edition is exactly that kind of essential encouragement and help you need! Filled with updated and new information designed to help you survive your first years as principal, this new edition of John C. Daresh's bestseller provides the resources you need to 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
  • 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

About the Author
1. Introduction
Plan for the Book
Suggested Reading
2. A Framework for Understanding the Beginning Principalship
Case Study: Figuring Out the Papers
Case Study: To Go or Not to Go
Case Study: I’m Not a Politician
Balance Is the Key
Suggestions for Improvement and Professional Development
Building a Personal Plan
Part I: Technical and Managerial Skills
3. A Personal Leadership Checklist
Critical Leadership Skills
Your Personal Plan
4. Expectations for Technical and Managerial Skills
Some Apparent Contradictions
Formal Requirements
Informal Tasks
Before the Year Begins
After the Year Begins
Toward the End of the Year
Building a Personal Plan
Suggested Reading
5. Learning to Lead by Assisting
Remember Your Role
Using the Role for the Future
Your Personal Plan
Suggested Reading
6. Assuming Responsibility for Accountability
Terms of the No Child Left Behind Act
The Realities
Your Personal Plan
Part II: Socialization
7. Seeing Your Invisible Heroes
Office Workers
Custodial Staff
Food Service Workers
Building a Personal Plan
Suggested Reading
8. Parents as Partners?
Traditional Functions of Home-School Relations
Current Problems With School-Community Relations
Your Personal Plan
9. Others’ Expectations
Critical Skills for Beginning Principals: A Survey
So What Does This Mean?
Your Personal Plan
10. Learning Your School’s Culture
Don’t Just Look…See
Listen…Don’t Just Hear
Celebrate the Past
Develop an Action Plan
Part III: Self-Awareness
11. Reviewing Personal Values
Case: Because It’s Important to Me
Case: But What About the Children?
Building a Platform
What Do You Do With the Platform?
Your Personal Platform
12. Being a “Boss”
Others’ Perceptions
So What Do You Do?
Strategies to Reduce Isolation
Your Personal Plan
Suggested Reading
13. Building a Personal Timeline for Learning and Development
A Developmental Framework
What’s This Got to do With Me?
Developing a Personal Timeline for Action
Suggested Reading
14. Building a Support System
Strategy 1: Find a Mentor
Strategy 2: Develop Networks
Strategy 3: Participate in Professional Associations
Strategy 4: Maintain Personal and Family Support
Developing a Plan of Action
15. Some Concluding Thoughts
Not Just a Job
Keep Your Sense of Humor
How Far Are You Willing to Go?
Make Your School Your Family
Keep Your Eye on the Target
Last Words
Appendix: Beginning Principals’ Administrative Skills Assessment Instrument
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