What Great Principals Do Differently: Fifteen Things That Matter Most / Edition 1

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What are the specific qualities and practices of great principals which elevate them above the rest? Blending school-centered studies and experience working with hundreds of administrators, the author reveals the 15 things that the most successful principals do and that other principals do not.

This book shows you why these practices are effective and it also demonstrates how to implement each of them in your school.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930556478
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 130
  • Sales rank: 1,038,013
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Are High Expectations Important?

Many people believe—and I agree—that great teachers have high expectations for students. However, let’s focus on the question, “What is the variable?” True, your best teachers have high expectations for students. But is this a difference that separates great teachers from the rest?

Even your worst teachers have high expectations for students. They expect students to be engaged no matter how irrelevant the material is. They expect students to pay attention no matter how boring and repetitious their classes are. They expect students to be well behaved no matter how the teacher treats them. Now, those are high expectations. The variable is not what teachers expect of students; many teachers of all skill levels have high expectations for students.

The variable—and what really matters—is what teachers expect of themselves. Great teachers have high expectations for students but even higher expectations for themselves. Poor teachers have high expectations for students but much lower expectations for themselves. Not only that: They have unrealistically high expectations for everyone else as well. They expect the principal to be perfect, every parent to be flawless, and every one of their peers to hold them in incredibly high regard.

The same key point applies to principals. All principals— including our most effective and our least effective colleagues —have high expectations for their teachers. The difference between average and great principals lies in what they expect of themselves.

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Table of Contents


• Introduction
• Why Look at Great?
• It's People, Not Programs
• Who Is the Variable
• Treat Everyone with Respect, Every Day, All the Time
• The Principal is the Filter
• Teach the Teachers
• Hire Great Teachers
• Standardized Testing
• Focus on Behavior, Then Focus on Beliefs
• Loyal to Whom?
• Base Every Decision on Your Best Teachers
• In Every Situation, Ask Who is Most Comfortable and Who is Least Comfortable
• Understand High Achievers
• Make it Cool to Care
• Don't Need to Repair-Always Do Repair
• Set Expectaions at the Start of the Year
• Clarifying Your Core
• References

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