Inside the Schoolhouse: What Great Principals Know and Do
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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1 How Would You Like to Have You as a Principal?
2 Management Precedes Leadership
3 Leading Instructional Improvement
4 A ThreeStep Process for Improving Virtually Any Aspect of a School
5 Crafting a School Improvement Plan
6 Leading Effective Teams
7 Creating Conditions for Success and Retention of Teachers
9 You Cant Teach Kids Unless They Are in School
10 Preventing and Addressing Disciplinary Issues
11 Maximizing the Use of Your Time
12 Communicating to Build Confidence In You and Your School
13 Master Communication and You Manage Conflict
14 Friendly Advice
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8 Motivating the Unmotivated