Principal Induction: A Standards-Based Model for Administrator Development

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This leadership induction program focuses on the importance of an effective induction process in the recruitment, development, and retention of school principals.

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Editorial Reviews

Jesse Jai McNeil
“The next best thing to hearing Elaine Wilmore live and in person is to read Principal Induction.In this book, she transforms yet another set of standards-based hoops into understandable stories, providing new principals with what they are expected to know and do. There’s no one like Elaine who can spin a folksy yarn and teach the ELCC standards at the same time.”
Leonard O. Pellicer
“Finally! Elaine Wilmore has provided a practical and effective means for newly appointed school administrators to help themselves over the rough spots that all new school leaders face. Principal Induction provides a solid, research–based, standards–based framework to provide the critical support all new school leaders need to be successful.”
Rosemary Papalewis
“With a rich mix of research and practice, this book is for all school administrators and especially for administrator preparation programs and district mentor programs targeting induction of new principals. Wilmore’s blend of practical and inspiring approaches is an exceptional addition to educational leadership that will be appreciated by all who read this book.”
Helen Ditzhazy
“Judiciously written, this book captures both the essence and the edges of principal inductionwith a standards-based model.”
Judith Aiken
“The book provides a comprehensive guide for designing professional development geared toward the successful induction and socialization of principals into professional practice. Without a doubt, this book is a must-read for all new principals and their mentors as they embark on their leadership journey!”
Bev Kasper
“She does it again! In her down–to–earth, serious, yet humorous style, Elaine Wilmore has created a survival guide for beginning principals. Her translation of the ELCC standards into the daily reality of a principalship truly connects the dots between the theory and the practice of the standards.”
Kermit Buckner
“The shortage of qualified candidates for school leadership positions has shortened the time between preparation program completion and appointment as a school leader. At the same time, school leadership has become much more challenging as principals are expected to change schools and increase student achievement. There has never been a time when induction was more needed for our nation’s school leaders. Principal Induction is a valuable resource for this vital area of school improvement.”
Sandra Harris
“Elaine Wilmore is a cheerleader for principals.This book provides a winning game plan to help new principals thrive in the field of school leadership!”
Jesse Jai Mc Neil
“The next best thing to hearing Elaine Wilmore live and in person is to read Principal Induction.In this book, she transforms yet another set of standards-based hoops into understandable stories, providing new principals with what they are expected to know and do. There’s no one like Elaine who can spin a folksy yarn and teach the ELCC standards at the same time.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761938699
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/7/2004
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 1,490,384
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Learn more about Elaine Wilmore's PD offerings

Dr. Elaine Wilmore was a public school teacher, counselor, elementary, and middle school principal before she moved to higher education. She has extensive background in everything from Early Childhood Education to creating and leading doctoral programs. She currently serves as a Doctoral Dissertation Adviser for Nova Southeastern University. She formerly served as a Professor, the Chair of Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Foundations and as the founding Doctoral Director at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. She also served at Dallas Baptist University as Assistant Vice President for Educational Networking and Program Director for the M.Ed. and, again, the implementing director of the Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership.

Prior to her position at Dallas Baptist University, Dr. Wilmore served as Special Assistant to the Dean for NCATE Accreditation, Chair and Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), and was the founder of all initial Educational Leadership graduate programs at UTA including the innovative field-based and grant funded Educational Leadership UTA, which received national acclaim, and the Scholars of Practice program. While at UTA she also served as Director of University Program Development where she developed and was the original Chair of the Faculty Governance Committee for the College of Education. Dr. Wilmore’s respect amongst those in higher education has led her to serve as a tenure reviewer in four states and a manuscript and proposal reviewer for many conferences and professional journals.

"I attended your workshop at College Station this past summer. I am happy to announce that I passed my certification exam the first time around! I am so excited and look forward to the future and what doors may open. Thank you for your strategies and your book!" - Elodia Witterstaetter, TX

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Table of Contents

About the Author
1 Induction: The Big Picture 1
2 The Partnership Model for Administrator Induction Success 9
3 How Do You Stay Focused on the School Vision When the Walls Are Falling Down? 25
4 The Best We Can We 47
5 How Do I Run This Place? 65
6 I Have to Work With Them? 81
7 It May Be Legal, But Is It Right? 99
8 Mama Told Me There'd Be Days Like This 113
9 The Internship: Preservice Administrators Looking to the Future 129
10 For the Future 141
Suggested Readings 145
References 153
Index 157
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