The Secret Solution: How One Principal Discovered the Path to Success

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The secret of effective leadership can elude even the best principals. In The Secret Solution, How One Principal Discovered the Path to Success, a principal travels a journey through four distinct leadership styles as he works to transform a school. On this journey, he encounters characters familiar to all of us who have worked in education, including superstars, fence-sitters, and even bullies. This quick-reading parable provides practical guidance for both current and future administrators, immediately relevant...

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The Secret Solution: How One Principal Discovered the Path to Success

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Overview

The secret of effective leadership can elude even the best principals. In The Secret Solution, How One Principal Discovered the Path to Success, a principal travels a journey through four distinct leadership styles as he works to transform a school. On this journey, he encounters characters familiar to all of us who have worked in education, including superstars, fence-sitters, and even bullies. This quick-reading parable provides practical guidance for both current and future administrators, immediately relevant in applying knowledge to practice. Readers will quickly recognize staff from their own buildings who come to life in this engaging story.

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Editorial Reviews

Amber Teamann
The Secret Solution is an easy read, and a powerful guide to help leaders know as much of what NOT to do, as well as a practical formula for success.This book is a great example of how to cultivate greatness within yourself in order to be able to mentor the others around you to their potential. Anyone who is venturing down a path of campus management will benefit from the mistakes and lessons learned from The Secret Solution.
Jessica Johnson
The Secret Solution is a great read that perfectly blends What Great Principals Do Differently and an enjoyable fiction novel. This book is a must read for any aspiring, new or veteran principal. As you follow “Roger Rookie” on his journey as a principal you’ll likely recognize several common issues encountered in any school and learn from how he overcomes these obstacles to transform his school. Enjoy an easy read, while learning how to improve your school with The Secret Solution!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781475806144
  • Publisher: R & L Education
  • Publication date: 11/18/2013
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 562,305
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Todd Whitaker is a Professor of Educational Leadership at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. He is a former teacher and principal and has written over 30 books and has presented to hundreds of thousands of educators around the world.

Ryan Donlan is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership Department at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. He is a former teacher, principal, and superintendent, and is an authority and trainer in promoting positive human relations, leadership development, and school improvement.

Sam Miller is Superintendent of the Solon Community School District in Solon, Iowa. He is a former teacher, coach, and principal, and serves as a consultant in leadership development and school improvement.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1
The Big Night
A Call From The Boss
Shiny New Office
First Faculty Meeting
Parent Meeting
Reading Department Meeting

Chapter 2
Roger Rookie’s First Makeover: The Hibernator
The Bullies
What Superstars Do
Second Faculty Meeting
The Principal Survey
Teachers Lounge
The Coffee Klatch
Roger Rookie’s Deep Thoughts

Chapter 3
Roger Rookie’s Next Makeover: The Glad-Hander
Seminar Problem
Phoning A Friend
Belly Up
Pointing the Finger At Others
Unintentional Consequences
Boundaries and Bullets
Last Day Before Break
Checking On The Newbie
Mid-Year Evaluation
Teachers Lounge
The Coffee Klatch
Roger Rookie’s Deep Thoughts

Chapter 4
Roger Rookie’s Third Makeover: The Thumb
Back At Anywhere
Student Issues
On Patrol
Another Meeting, Thumb-Style
Thumbland Murmers
Teachers Lounge
The Coffee Klatch
Principal’s Evaluation
Roger Rookie’s Deep Thoughts

Interlude
Summer Sunshine

Chapter 5
Roger Rookie’s Final Makeover: The Pathfinder
Unfinished Business
Closed-Door Meeting
Out And About
Building Leadership Team Meeting
New Business As Usual
Balancing Climate With Accountability
Concluding Year Two
Teachers Lounge
The Coffee Klatch
Back To The Big Night … “That’s a Wrap”
Roger Rookie’s Deep Thoughts

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