Fall Down, Stand Up: Advice for Aspiring Principals

Fall Down, Stand Up: Advice for Aspiring Principals

by Russ Thompson

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Fall Down, Stand Up: Advice for Aspiring Principals by Russ Thompson

Starting out as a principal is a lot like starting out as a new teacher. You feel alone. You need guidance. And you have to provide leadership even when you don’t feel sure of yourself. You also make mistakes. In Fall Down, Stand Up: Advice for Aspiring Principals, Russ Thompson provides guidance for future principals based upon his experiences as the principal of three urban high schools in Los Angeles. Practical suggestions are provided for creating an orderly school climate, improving classroom instruction, ensuring effective school operations, providing thoughtful leadership, and working with people. Every principal makes mistakes and falls down. This book is about standing up, becoming better, and working to create schools where all students learn at the highest levels.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781475826630
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 03/03/2016
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Russ Thompson served thirty-six years as an educator in Los Angeles, including fourteen years as the principal of three high schools. Two of the schools where he served as principal were turnaround schools.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Discipline
1.The Problem Was Now Worse
2.Class Time Was Like Lunch Time
3.It Was the Best He Had Seen
4.Simple Detention
5.He Had to Change His Mentality
6.Saturday School
7.Lunch Supervision
8.A Fight that Was Prevented
9.The Problem with Suspensions
10.The First Award of His Entire Life
11.It Was Almost a Real Emergency
12.Riot and Recovery
13.Section Review
Classroom Instruction
14.The Learning in Classrooms
15.The Reason It Worked
16.A Sustained Process
17.He Had Firmly Believed
18.You Have to Go Out and Look for Problems
19.The Best Way to Spend Your Time
20.It Was His First Day
21.An Opinion Is Not Research
22.Your Presence in Classrooms
23.Will It Help Students Learn Better?
24.The Power of a Positive Learning Environment
25.The Common Core State Standards
26.A Model Lesson
27.Section Review
School Operations
28.Cleaning Needed
29.The Foundation of Your Entire School
30.Tragedy
31.Another Tragedy
32.Almost a Disaster
33.Phone Calls
34.The Entire Contract
35.The Right Kind of Faculty Meeting
36.Section Review
Leadership
37.Delegation
38.Delegation Gone Bad
39.Deadlines
40.Ask Questions
41.A Sacrifice You Must Make
42.Priorities
43.Also Listen to the Quiet Voices
44.We Are Not as Bad As...
45.Making People Happy Is Not Your Job
46.He Went Over to His Shelf
47.Pick Up the Phone
48.A Leader Who Got Things Done
49.Do Not Let the Obstacle Overcome You
50.Exhaustion
51.A Mistake He Would Never Forget
52.Advice from a Pro
53.Target Practice
54.Ask for Advice
55.A Big Difference
56.Always Watching You
57.Section Review
People
58.In the Middle of Kids
59.It Was Distorted and Very Negative
60.People Need Time
61.Suggestion or Requirement?
62.Saved by a Recording Device
63.Necessary Action
64.It Was Said Behind His Back
65.It Was a Lie and the Principal Believed Him
66.Gossip
67.Delay Makes It Worse
68.Talk to the Person in Person
69.You Must Also Be Persuasive
70.Remember the Positives
71.A Good School Again
72.Section Review
About the Author
Index

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