The Principal: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact [NOOK Book]


The author of Six Secrets of Change describes how and why the principal's role must change to maximize student achievement

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Principals are often called the second most crucial in-school influencers (after teachers) of student learning. But what should the principal do in order to ...

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The author of Six Secrets of Change describes how and why the principal's role must change to maximize student achievement

*** FREE Professional Development Guide Included ***

Principals are often called the second most crucial in-school influencers (after teachers) of student learning. But what should the principal do in order to maximize student achievement? One of the best-known leadership authors in education, Fullan explains why the answer lies neither in micro-managing instruction nor in autonomous entrepreneurialism. He shows systematically how the principal's role should change, demonstrating how it can be done in short order, at scale.

  • Reveals the three key roles that administrators must play in today's schools
  • Explains how to choose the right versus wrong drivers of school success
  • Filled with "action items" to help implement Fullan's program effectively
  • Includes strategies that have been successfully field-tested in schools across the United States and Canada
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What People Are Saying

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“This revealing and powerful book comes just in time, aswe launch the biggest education reform in the past fifty years. Itshould be required reading not only for principals, but perhapseven more importantly for those who support and leadthem.”
Laura Schwalm, CaEdPartners; former superintendent,Garden Grove, California

“After decades of studying, working with, and enhancingthe lot of principals . . . Fullan’s conclusion? Principalsare needed now more than ever, and he’s smack on target. Hedoesn’t mince words, yet instills hope and confidence. Simplygreat . . . this book should be on every leader’s desk.Another bull’s-eye!”
Willam Parrett, director, Center for SchoolImprovement and Policy Studies, Boise State University, Idaho

“I just read The Principal and I am on fire and inlove. I couldn't put it down! Fullan's uniquely succinct brilliancefor soaring above the noise and clutter that bogs us down isincredibly energizing and inspiring.”
Alice Thomas, president and CEO, Center forDevelopment and Learning, Metairie, Louisiana

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118582459
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/24/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 189,502
  • File size: 435 KB

Meet the Author

Michael Fullan, Order of Canada, is a professor emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. He consults with leaders of education systems worldwide and is the award-winning author of more than thirty books, including Leading in a Culture of Change, The Six Secrets of Change, and Change Leader. To learn more, visit

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

About the Author xv

CHAPTER ONE: Outmoded 1

Gasp! 6

Leading Learning 8

Maximizing Impact 9

This Watershed Moment 10

The Chapters That Follow 13

Still Worth a Struggle 14

CHAPTER TWO: Vices and Virtues 17

Panic Time? 21

Four Wrong Choices for Driving Policy 22

Too Broad, Too Narrow: The Transformative Versus Instructional Leader 38

Principal Autonomy and Micromanaging:

Other Roadside Attractions 42

Time to Retune 46

CHAPTER THREE: The First Key—Leading Learning 51

What Key Research Tells Us 56

Professional Capital—a Framework for Leading Learning 67

Foster and Integrate 86

The More Powerful Way 88

CHAPTER FOUR: The Second Key—Being a District and System Player 93

Looking Out to Improve Within 98

Intradistrict Development 100

Beyond the District 107

Not You Alone 115

CHAPTER FIVE: The Third Key—Becoming a Change Agent 119

Change Agency 124

Distorted Mirrors 135

CHAPTER SIX: The Future Is Now 141

The Unplanned Digital Revolution 145

Planned Change: Common Core State Standards 154

Time to Change Careers? Or to Change Gears? 157

A Final Word 160

References 161

Index 169

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