Launching Your First Principalship: A Guide for Beginning Principals / Edition 1

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Overview

Effectively hone your leadership skills, reduce stress, manage time and staff, and resolve conflicts with these confidence-boosting tips and tools.

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Editorial Reviews

Denny Vincent
"I couldn’t put the book down, and I’ve been a principal for 24 years. The information is excellent for all individuals interested in the principalship."
Mike Parnell
"Brock and Grady present a realistic glimpse of the issues that principals must deal with, either knowingly, or unfortunately, unknowingly. This book can help principals avoid the latter."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761946236
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Series: 1-Off Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 657,858
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara L. Brock is a professor of education at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.She has held a variety of positions in education, including education department chair, director of school administration, elementary principal, and K-12 teacher.She presents nationally and internationally on topics of beginning teacher induction, leadership succession, teacher and principal burnout, and educators with disabilities.She is coauthor with Marilyn Grady of Principals in Transition: Tips for Surviving Succession, From First-Year to First-Rate: Principals Guiding New Teachers, Rekindling the Flame: Principals Combating Teacher Burnout, Avoiding Burnout: A Principal’s Guide to Keeping the Fire Alive, and Launching Your First Principalship.She has published in a number of journals, including The Journal of the Mid-Western Research Association, Educational Considerations, Connections, Clearinghouse, and Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice. She received her bachelor of arts degree in art education from Briar Cliff University, a master of arts with a specialty in school administration from Creighton University, and a doctorate in administration, curriculum, and instruction from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Marilyn L. Grady, is professor of educational administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). She is the author or coauthor of 23 books, including From Difficult Teachers to Dynamic Teamwork (2009) with Brock, Getting it Right from the Start (2009) with Kostelnik From First Year to First Rate (2007) with Brock, 194 High-Impact Letters for Busy Principals (2006), 20 Biggest Mistakes Principals Make and How to Avoid Them (2004) and Launching Your First Principalship (2004) with Brock. Her research areas include leadership, the principalship, and superintendent-board relations. She has more than 175 publications to her credit. She is the editor of the Journal of Women in Educational Leadership. Her editorial board service has included Educational Administration Quarterly, International Studies in Educational Administration, International Journal of Learning, Rural Educator, Journal of At-Risk Issues, Journal of School Leadership, Advancing Women in Leadership On-Line Journal, Journal for Rural School and Community Renewal, International Journal of Learning, and Journal for a Just and Caring Education. She is the recipient of the Stanley Brzezinski Research Award, NCPEA’s Living Legend Award, the Donald R. and Mary Lee Swanson Award for Teaching Excellence, UNL’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and UNL’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Status of Women.

Grady coordinates an annual conference on women in educational leadership that attracts national attendance and is in its 24th year. She has been an administrator in K-12 schools as well as at the college and university levels. She received her bachelor’s degree in history from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, and her doctorate in educational administration with a specialty in leadership from The Ohio State University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
1. You've Got the Job
Embrace the Role
What Kind of Leader Will You Be?
Expect Personal Change
Expect Relationships to Change
Hang On!
The Principal's Key
2. Get Acquainted: The People, the Place, the Culture
The People
Get Acquainted
The Principal's Key
3. Beginning and Ending Your School Year
Beginning the School Year
The End of the Year
The Principal's Key
4. Learn to Communicate
Understand the Communication System
Know Your Audience
Organize Yourself
Make Personal Communication a Priority
Communicate With Constituents: The Superintendent and Staff
Communicate With School Personnel
Communicate With Students
Communication With Parents
The Principal's Key
5. Maximize Staff Potential
Communicate Expectations
Encourage and Facilitate Professional Development
Sustain Staff Morale
Supervision and Evaluation
The Principal's Key
6. Use Time Effectively
Organize the Office
The Principal's Key
7. Solve Problems, Dilemmas and Grievances
Take Time to Think
A Conflict Resolution Model
The Principal's Key
8. Make Effective Changes
The Challenges
The Principal's Key
9. Take Care of Yourself
Learn to Manage Stress
What Triggers Stress?
Select Appropriate Responses
Restructure Your Thinking
Take Care of Your Health
Find a Balance
Continue Learning
The Principal's Key
Resource A. School and Self- Assessment Tools
Resource B. Your Educational Philosophy
Resource C. The Job Selection Process: Examining Potential Matches
Resource D. The Interview Process: Tips to Guide You
Resource E. Annotated Bibliography for Beginning Principals
References
Index

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