The Quick-Reference Handbook for School Leaders: A Practical Guide for Principals

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Written for new and aspiring principals in a quick-access, bulleted format, this handbook is an excellent off-the-shelf reference, organized into five key management sections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412914581
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Organization and Management
1. The Role of the Principal
Duties and Responsibilities: An Overview
The Principal's Role
Additional Roles and Skills: A Quick Overview
Your Personal Vision of Your Role as Principal
The Role of the Principal as Defined
2. Legal Framework
Hierarchical Legislative Framework: An Overview
3. Negligence and Liability
First Steps to Reduce Risk
Negligence: An Overview of the Concepts and Issues
Duty to Provide Adequate Supervision of Pupils
4. Management Skills
Managerial Excellence and School Leadership: An Overview
Time Management
Visibility: Management by Walking Around
5. Communication
Communication Tips and Checklists
Written Communication
School Newsletters
School Communication Plan
6. Public and Media Relations
Building a Public Relations Program for Your School
Tips for Writing a News Release
Tips for Giving Media Interviews
7. Managing Conflict and Difficult People
Reacting to Conflict
Conflict Resolution: An Overview
Dealing With Difficult People and Complaints
Relationships With Parents
8. Effective Meetings
Before the Meeting
During the Meeting
After the Meeting
9. Records and Information Management
Getting Started
Confidentiality and Disclosure
Student Records
Legislation Regarding Records and Information Management
10. Budget and Resource Management
School Budget: An Overview
Local Financial Responsibility (Protecting Yourself)
Board-Wide Impact (Protecting the District School Board)
Tips Regarding Budget and Resource Management
11. Technology
Getting Started
Technology and School Administration
Technology and the Curriculum
Building Your School Technology Plan
12. School Advisory Groups
Preparing to Work With Your School Advisory Group
Working With Your School Advisory Group
School Advisory Groups and the Role of the Principal
Effective School Advisory Groups
13. School Organization and Scheduling
Getting Started
An Overview
Implementation Challenges
Models for School Organization and Scheduling
Part II. Teaching and Learning
14. School Programs
Getting Started
Curriculum Implementation
Student Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting
15. Special Education and English As a Second Language
Special Education: Getting Started
Roles and Responsibilities of the Principal
Referral Routines
ESL and ESOL: Getting Started
16. Data Driven School Improvement
Getting Started
Effective School Improvement Planning
17. Staff Supervision and Performance Appraisal
Getting Started
Supervision of Vice-Principals
State Standards for Teacher Performance Appraisal
Teacher Supervision and Performance Appraisal
18. Teaching Staff: Selection and Development
Teaching Staff Selection: Getting Started
Interviewing and Hiring
Teaching Staff Development: Getting Started
Professional Learning
Working With Beginning Teachers
19. Professional Relations
Working With the Unions in Your School
Collective Agreements and Grievances
20. Celebrating Success
Getting Started
Creating an Environment for Success
Sharing Success
Negative Environments
Part III. Behavior and Discipline
21. Student Behavior and Discipline in the School
Getting Started
District Policies and Procedures: An Overview
Behavior Codes
Access to School Premises
22. Student Behavior and Outside Agencies
Police/School Protocol
Search and Seizure
The Young Offender
School Attendance
Part IV. Health and Safety
23. Protecting Our Students
Getting Started
Issues Concerning At-Risk Children and Youth
24. Occupational Health and Safety
Getting Started
Duties of the Principal
Conducting a School Safety Inspection
Developing Occupational Health and Safety Procedures
25. Emergency Preparedness
Getting Started
Preventive Measures
Reactive Strategies
Follow-Up and Evaluation
26. Student Medical Needs
Getting Started
Responding to Specific Situations
Other Health Issues
A Comprehensive School Health Program
Part V. Looking After Yourself
27. Professional Learning and Personal Well-Being
An Overview: Professional Learning
Professional Reading
Personal Well-Being
28. Support for School Leaders
What to Do When You Need Help
When to Call Your Professional Association for Assistance
Appendices and Resources
Appendix A. Entry Plans
Appendix B. Principals' Routines
Appendix C. Regular Monthly Activities for Principals
Appendix D. Getting the School Year Started: Checklists for July, August and September
Appendix E. Professional Conferences: A List of Web Sites
Appendix F. Words of Wisdom: Advice From Beginning Principals
Appendix G. School Activities and Field Trips
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