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What Great Principals Do Differently: Eighteen Things That Matter Most / Edition 2

What Great Principals Do Differently: Eighteen Things That Matter Most / Edition 2

by Todd WhitakerTodd Whitaker


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Inspire yourself and others with the second edition of this best-selling book. With heartfelt advice, practical wisdom, and examples from the field, Todd Whitaker explains the qualities and practices that distinguish great principals. New features include:

  • Developing an accurate sense of self
  • Understanding the dynamics of change
  • Dealing with negative or ineffective staff members

One of the nation's leading experts on staff motivation, teacher leadership, and principal effectiveness, Todd Whitaker has written over 20 powerful books for educators of every level. Discover what you can do differently.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2901596672009
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/28/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Dr. Todd Whitaker has been fortunate to be able to blend his passion with his career. Recognized as a leading motivational speaker in the field of education, his message about the importance of teaching has resonated with hundreds of thousands of educators around the world. Todd is a professor of educational leadership at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana, and he has spent his life pursuing his love of education by researching and studying effective teachers and principals. Prior to moving into higher education he was a math teacher and basketball coach in Missouri. Todd then served as a principal at the middle school, junior high, and high school levels. Todd received the President's Medal from Indiana State University (the university's highest award for faculty) in 2013. One of the nation’s leading authorities on staff motivation, teacher leadership, and principal effectiveness, Todd has written many educational books including the national best seller, What Great Teachers Do Differently. Other titles include: Dealing With Difficult Teachers, Teaching Matters, Great Quotes for Great Educators, What Great Principals Do Differently, and Dealing With Difficult Parents.

Table of Contents


1 Why Look at Great?

2 It's People, Not Programs

3 Develop an Accurate Sense of Self

4 Who Is the Variable?

5 Treat Everyone with Respect, Every Day, All the Time

6 Be the Filter

7 Teach the Teachers

8 Hire Great Teachers

9 Understand the Dynamics of Change

10 Standardized Testing

11 Focus on Behavior, Then Focus on Beliefs

12 Loyal to Whom?

13 Base Every Decision on Your Best Teachers

14 In Every Situation, Ask Who Is Most Comfortable and Who Is Least Comfortable

15 Understand the High Achievers

16 Make It Cool to Care

17 Don't Need to Repair-Always Do Repair

18 Deal with Negative or Ineffective Staff Members

19 Set Expectations at the Start of the Year

20 Clarify Your Core

Eighteen Things That Matter Most


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