Your First Year as Principal: Everything You Need to Know that They Do Not Teach You in School

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Atlantic Publishing Company, 2009 - Education - 288 pages

As you sit at your desk behind the door ominously marked “Principal’s Office,” you are suddenly struck with a feeling of terror; what have you gotten yourself into? Being a principal is a difficult job filled with great responsibility and stress. Before you panic, you should know that most principals survive the first year. However, Your First Year as a Principal will help make the first year easier, providing you with all the information you did not learn in school.

With the help of this extensively researched book, first-year principals will learn how to step out from behind the previous principal’s shadow, how to make changes without changing too much too soon, and how to deal with teachers, parents, and students. You will also learn how to handle the stresses of the job, how to find a mentor, and how to plan for public relations.

You will learn about the common mistakes first-year principals make and how to avoid them. You will learn about all of the duties that fall on your shoulders and how to handle that responsibility. You will also learn how to build strong relationships with teachers and staff, how to pick your battles, how to handle bullying in your school, how to boost staff morale, how to discipline students, and how to deal with conflicts.

Ultimately, you will clearly understand what comes with being a principal. You will be able to clarify and define your roles, expectations, and responsibilities. Novice and veteran principals alike, who have all previously been in your position, offer their advice and tips on surviving your first year and excelling beyond. Also included are from-the-headlines blurbs to help you handle recent education policy changes.

Whether you are the principal of a small, large, public, private, charter, urban, rural, or suburban school, Your First Year as a Principal will be an indispensable companion. With the help of this book, not only will you survive, you will also enthusiastically look forward to your sophomore year.

Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company president’s garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice.† Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed.

This Atlantic Publishing eBook was professionally written, edited, fact checked, proofed and designed. The print version of this book is 288 pages and you receive exactly the same content. Over the years our books have won dozens of book awards for content, cover design and interior design including the prestigious Benjamin Franklin award for excellence in publishing. We are proud of the high quality of our books and hope you will enjoy this eBook version.

 

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Contents

Student Discipline
121
Your Community and Public Relations
129
CLOSING THE GAP
139
The Media
140
How Important are You?
149
Taking Care of You
156
Know Your Limits
161
END RESULT
167

Strong Suit Weak Hand
44
The Strategy the Overview
47
THE STANDARDS
51
Honoring the System
53
LAW AND LITIGATION
61
The Risk Factor
65
More pressure More stress More responsibilities
69
Politics in Education
70
RESPONSIBILITIES
81
Communication
82
Dealing With Your Teachers
89
Teacher Conflict
95
Dealing with the Parents
103
Your Students
115
Measuring Success
168
Leadership and Mentoring
176
Future Outlook
180
YOUNG IN HEART AGED IN WISDOM
183
Excellent Leaders and Their Advice
190
Experiences of Exceptional Leaders
202
Learn From Knowledge
267
Straight From the Veterans
272
What Makes a Great Principal
274
Beginning Stuff
275
BIBLIOGRAPHY
279
AUTHOR BIBLIOGRAPHY
283
INDEX
285
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