On being a principal: the rewards and challenges of school leadership

Front Cover
We are all too familiar with the hazards of the principalship: schools' constituencies enjoying open searon on the principal; the community's conflicting conceptions on how their school leaders should function; the difficulty of reconciling traditional school practices with the changing student population; and the burnout, weariness, and cynicism that threaten any service position. But what keeps the good principals going? In this volume, school principals share their personal struggles and triumphs, revealing that their real fulfillment is not only from the long-term institutional changes they and the teachers seek; it is also from the personal dilemmas presented by children and parents and the professional challenges presented by staff. This is the fifth volume of the quarterly journal New Directions for School Leadership.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


Seeing the possibilities
My inspirations
Getting it right

7 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

About the author (1997)

GORDON A. DONALDSON is professor of education and coordinator of the Maine Network of School Leaders at the University of Maine.

Bibliographic information