A Guide to Managing and Leading School Operations: The Principal's Field Manual

A Guide to Managing and Leading School Operations: The Principal's Field Manual

by Jerome Cranston


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The job of school leader has become progressively more demanding. The role includes increasingly complex problems to be solved and increasingly deep piles of paperwork to complete. Unfortunately, the managing of employees, the preparing and justifying of resource – both personnel and financial - projections, and the complexities involved in operating facilities safely and legally are the most frequently mentioned reasons for why school leaders begin to question their career choice. And, while faculties and colleges of education as well as principals’ professional associations offer courses and workshops, very few adequately address the gaps that exist between theory and practice in a way that would mitigate this reticence to lead in this climate. A Principled Guide to Managing and Leading School Operations fills a gap in the training of educational leaders by orienting them to the vitally important business operations required to run a school. This book therefore is for all school leaders who wish they had been given a school operations field manual, and it is for those who prepare them who might wish to rebalance anew the current propensity of principal preparation programs that blindly privilege leadership identity over developing the requisite management acumen teachers, parents and the public expect.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781475839784
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/23/2018
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 9.07(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Jerome Cranston, Ph.D.is currently the Executive Director, Student Engagement & Academic Success and also an Associate Professor of Educational Administration at University of Manitoba. Most recently, he has served in a university academic administrator position overseeing a staff of over one hundred and a multi-million dollar budget. Prior to that he spent sixteen years in the K-12 education system as a teacher, principal and superintendent in a career that spanned Canada’s “prairie” provinces.

Table of Contents

Defining terms
Chapter One: Introduction to leading and managing the business of schools
Chapter Two: Leadership principles and practices for personnel management
Chapter Three: Leadership principles and practices for financial management
Chapter Four: Leadership principles and practices for risk management
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