Inside the Schoolhouse: What Great Principals Know and Do

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Rowman & Littlefield, May 22, 2021 - Education - 160 pages

The issues addressed in this easy to read book address the most common issues faced by new or veteran principals such as: attributes of successful principals, leading instructional improvement, crafting a school improvement plan, overcoming resistance from naysayers, leading effective teams, creating conditions for the success of teachers, motivating unmotivated staff, increasing the attendance of students, handling disciplinary issues to help students become self-managed, communication strategies to build respect for the school, maximizing the use of time, and handling conflict productively. It also contains a chapter entitled, “Friendly Advice” with prudent advice for school leaders in any stage of their career.

The proven strategies in each chapter are based upon bedrock principles—unassailable values that will help principals ground their actions in student-centered, achievement-oriented, relationship-filled leadership.

In short, Inside the Schoolhouse is a compendium of dozens of practical, proven strategies to enable principals to flourish in their highly important roles.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 How Would You Like to Have You as a Principal?
5
2 Management Precedes Leadership
11
3 Leading Instructional Improvement
17
4 A ThreeStep Process for Improving Virtually Any Aspect of a School
33
5 Crafting a School Improvement Plan
43
6 Leading Effective Teams
57
7 Creating Conditions for Success and Retention of Teachers
67
9 You Cant Teach Kids Unless They Are in School
91
10 Preventing and Addressing Disciplinary Issues
103
11 Maximizing the Use of Your Time
115
12 Communicating to Build Confidence In You and Your School
125
13 Master Communication and You Manage Conflict
137
14 Friendly Advice
145
Notes
155
About the Author
159

8 Motivating the Unmotivated
83

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About the author (2021)

John Gratto worked five years as a K-12 principal and 23 years as a superintendent of schools in school districts ranging from 450 to 4500 students. Since 2012, he has served as an associate professor, teaching graduate classes and supervising teachers who are interning as principals in Virginia Tech's principal preparation program.

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