In 2014 Michael Fullan set his sights on the daily needs of school leaders in his bestselling book The Principal. This updated edition shows how the principal’s role continues to change—alongside our changing world—and how we can embrace the transformation in short order. As crucial in-school influencers of student learning, principals have an opportunity and an obligation to maximize student achievement. But how? In The Principal 2.0, Fullan explains why the answer lies neither in micro-managing instruction nor in autonomous entrepreneurialism. He shows a new way forward that allows principals to expand their roles without overstepping and contribute to the development of the whole school.
Even in difficult times of crisis, there’s room for principals to take action. In The Principal 2.0, Fullan explains how to loosen focus on accountability and instead concentrate on capacity-building; focus less on technology and more on pedagogy; abandon fragmented strategies; and forgo individualistic solutions in favor of collaborative effort.
- Discover the three key roles that administrators must play in order to have the biggest impact
- Foster the professional capital of teachers and get more accomplished for all students
- Find "action items" to help implement this proven program effectively
- Adopt strategies that have been successfully field-tested in schools across the United States and Canada
Discover why The Principal is a bestseller in educational leadership, and strike out into the future with this new edition, updated for the changing role of today’s principals.
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About the Author
Table of ContentsPreface ix
Chapter One: The Three Keys: Picking Up the Pieces 1
Chapter Two: A Long Time Coming 13
Chapter Three: Spirit Work: The First Key for Maximizing Impact 33
Chapter Four: Contextual Literacy: The Second Key for Maximizing Impact 59
Chapter Five: Systemness in Action: The Third Key for Maximizing Impact 95
Chapter Six: Future Making 145
About the Author 177
What People are Saying About This
Praise for The Principal 2.0
“At a time when school leaders throughout the world are facing unprecedented challenges, Fullan has come up with inspirational guidance as to how best to respond. As someone struggling with system change in various contexts, I find his advice both authoritative and challenging. Essential reading for me.”—Mel Ainscow, Emeritus Professor, University of Manchester and Professor of Education, University of Glasgow
“This book provides essential guidance for principals on how to navigate change and thrive at a time when school leadership has never been more critical.”—Amanda Datnow, Chancellor’s Associates Endowed Chair and Professor, Education Studies, Associate Dean and Faculty Equity Advisor, School of Social Sciences, University of California, San Diego
“Michael Fullan lights the path and continues to ignite our mission as educational leaders. If we have the courage, his words here will show us the way to improve our teams, our schools, our systems, and ourselves to positively impact student outcomes.”—Dan Wilharber, Principal, Scott Highlands Middle School
"Fullan is a master of unearthing the nuances of leadership that help create success. This book and the narratives within highlight successful strategies for system transformation based on the critical role of the principal. What is clear is that if you are to change a system, first you need to change yourself and your own views of what constitutes powerful and enduring leadership. Fullan's analysis and reflections help guide the way to the right doors and toward pathways to achieve the transformation we desire and need.”—Jordan Tinney, Retired Superintendent, Surrey School District, British Columbia
"I love this manuscript. It speaks to my personal beliefs as an educator, a coach, consultant, adjunct, a former principal, community member, and, most importantly, as a grandparent of school age children in systems that is challenging for them (almost daily), it speaks to me about people and relationships and the possibility of promise for schools and for the future of leadership. The focus on culture, self-care, humanity and context is central to the work of current school leaders.”—Ruth Hellams, Retired Principal, Educate Consultant, Adjunct Faculty