Filled with updated and new information designed to help you survive your first years as principal, this revised edition of John C. Daresh's bestseller provides the resources you need to become a strong and effective leader.
|Edition description:||Third Edition|
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About the Author
John C. Daresh is professor of educational leadership at the University of Texas at El Paso. Over the years, he has held faculty or administrative appointments at the University of Cincinnati, The Ohio State University, the University of Northern Colorado, and Illinois State University. He has also worked as a consultant on high school reform and administrator professional development for universities, state departments of education, national and state professional associations, and individual schools and districts across the United States, and also in Barbados, Canada, France, Holland, Israel, Turkey, South Africa, and Taiwan. By far, the bulk of Daresh’s international service has been in the United Kingdom where he served an advisor and trainer for the School Management Task Force that developed and promoted support programs for beginning headteachers, the National College for School Leadership, the Welsh Office of Education, the North West Network for Diploma Development in Cheshire, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Lincoln, the University of Hull, CREATE Consultancies, and literally dozens of Local Education Authorities and individual schools across England and Wales.
Daresh recently completed three years of service as the lead consultant on principal mentoring programs for the Chicago Public Schools as that megadistrict was faced with the challenge of bringing in mostly inexperienced principals to serve in nearly of the school system’s elementary and high schools.
Table of Contents
ForewordPrefaceAcknowledgmentsAbout the Author1. Introduction Plan for the Book Suggested Reading2. A Framework for Understanding the Beginning Principalship Case Study: Figuring Out the Papers Case Study: To Go or Not to Go Case Study: I’m Not a Politician Balance Is the Key Suggestions for Improvement and Professional Development Building a Personal Plan ReferencesPart I: Technical and Managerial Skills3. A Personal Leadership Checklist Critical Leadership Skills Your Personal Plan References4. Expectations for Technical and Managerial Skills Some Apparent Contradictions Formal Requirements Informal Tasks Before the Year Begins After the Year Begins Toward the End of the Year Building a Personal Plan Suggested Reading5. Learning to Lead by Assisting Remember Your Role Using the Role for the Future Your Personal Plan Suggested Reading6. Assuming Responsibility for Accountability Terms of the No Child Left Behind Act The Realities Your Personal Plan ReferencesPart II: Socialization7. Seeing Your Invisible Heroes Office Workers Custodial Staff Food Service Workers Building a Personal Plan References Suggested Reading8. Parents as Partners? Traditional Functions of Home-School Relations Current Problems With School-Community Relations Your Personal Plan References9. Others’ Expectations Critical Skills for Beginning Principals: A Survey So What Does This Mean? Your Personal Plan10. Learning Your School’s Culture Don’t Just Look…See Listen…Don’t Just Hear Celebrate the Past Develop an Action PlanPart III: Self-Awareness11. Reviewing Personal Values Case: Because It’s Important to Me Case: But What About the Children? Building a Platform What Do You Do With the Platform? Your Personal Platform12. Being a “Boss” Others’ Perceptions So What Do You Do? Strategies to Reduce Isolation Your Personal Plan Suggested Reading13. Building a Personal Timeline for Learning and Development A Developmental Framework What’s This Got to do With Me? Developing a Personal Timeline for Action Suggested Reading14. Building a Support System Strategy 1: Find a Mentor Strategy 2: Develop Networks Strategy 3: Participate in Professional Associations Strategy 4: Maintain Personal and Family Support Developing a Plan of Action15. Some Concluding Thoughts Not Just a Job Keep Your Sense of Humor How Far Are You Willing to Go? Make Your School Your Family Keep Your Eye on the Target Last WordsAppendix: Beginning Principals’ Administrative Skills Assessment Instrument