From the Principal's X-Files examines day-to-day, real-world situations and events that are often humorous and, at times, poignant as a point of reference for implementing best practices to create and maintain effective and nurturing school cultures. The ultimate goal of this guide for practical principals is to help all stakeholders productively and cooperatively interact and achieve the mission and vision of their schools. Hollaway and Hollaway strive to assist novice and seasoned administrators in creating and maintaining high performing school communities in which every stakeholderfrom students, to parents, to staff members, to school leaders, and to community membersfeels invested in his school. Throughout the book, the quality of the relationships between stakeholders is reiterated as the greatest predictor of school success. School administrators must enhance those vital relationships within their schools to establish a single-minded and effective school culture that values inclusion and connectedness among all actors in the pursuit of a common goal.
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About the Author
Deana Hollaway is a High School counselor at Limestone County Schools in Alabama, as well as adjunct psychology instructor at Athens State University and therapist for the Center for Attachment and Family Development in Decatur, Alabama. Werner M. Hollaway is the Human Resources Director for Putnam County Schools in Florida and a former principal of two schools within the Putnam County School system.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction: Why New Principals Need Advice Chapter 2 Staff: Help! The Lunch Ladies Are Fighting! Chapter 3 Substitutes: Tell Me the Sub Didn't Say That. Chapter 4 Counselors: Does the Counselor Need Counseling? Chapter 5 Assistant Principals: Second in Command Chapter 6 Students: Little Johnny Peed on the Playground Chapter 7 Parents: The Buck Stops Here. Chapter 8 Testing 1, 2, 3: Are We Measuring Up? Chapter 9 Law: Crossing the Legal Line Chapter 10 Technology: Look What We Can Do! Chapter 11 Budget: It Costs What? Chapter 12 Maintenance: Can I Ask the Custodians to Do This? Chapter 13 School Climate: Is It Chilly in Here? Chapter 14 School Safety: Who Is Minding the Children? Chapter 15 Final Thoughts at the End of the Day: From "MGT" to "TLC"