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For anyone in school leadership-or anyone who hopes to be-this book is a must read. Seasoned educator Laurel Schmidt tells it like it is about a principal's daily life. From the nitty gritty of hiring, evaluating, and firing staff, to navigating the intricacies of school politics, and managing crises in the glare of the media, she provides a long overdue tool to take control of your life as a school administrator.
Schmidt combines insight and humor with use-this-now practicality as she details creative strategies for surviving the daily grind, while honing your vision of a school that works. Follow her lead and learn how to:
Surveying the Terrain
The Vision Thing
Who's Renting Space in Your Skull?
Hire the Best
The Fezziwig Principle
Do Nothing for Staff That They Can Do for Themselves
Where the Rubber Meets the Road
Pruning in the Minefield
The In-Box Never Sleeps
Message in a Bottle
Knowledge Is Power
A Mentor a Day
Living Well Is the Best Revenge