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The Elementary Principal’s Personal Coach

The Elementary Principal’s Personal Coach
Tapping Into Your Power for Extraordinary Leadership

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Foreword by Shirley M. Hord, Scholar Laureate, National Staff Development Council

January 2013 | 192 pages | Corwin
The Elementary Principal's Personal Coach: Tapping Into Your Power for Extraordinary Leadership is a book for primary headteachers to use on their own or as part of a professional development training session. The book provides scenarios for rich conversations to strengthen a leader's capacity for problem solving and handling the day-to-day challenges of the primary headship. Each chapter focuses on a particular ISLLC standard and includes:

- Lessons learned from episodes in the daily life of a headteacher

- A mini coaching session powerful reflective questions designed to deepen the understanding of leaders about practice

- A journaling section for headteachers to write about their own similar experiences

- Professional development opportunities at the end of each chapter for use by staff developers.

List of Tables
Extraordinary Gift Haiku
About the Authors
1. Stewardship of a Vision
2. Negotiating a School Culture of Advocacy for Students
3. Managing an Effective Organization
4. Leading a Diverse Family and Community Connection
5. The Ethics of Leadership
6. Tuning In To the Larger Context
7. Bodies of Work for School Improvement

"The Elementary Principal’s Personal Coach provides school leaders with both inspiration and guidance for their challenging and important work. Diana Raney Williams and Essie Hayden Richardson bring to life the abstractions and aspirations of the ISLLC standards through helpful explanations, vivid examples, and compelling stories. Their reflective questions and use of journal writing honor the uniqueness of each reader, and they offer practical suggestions for further learning and action."

Dennis Sparks, President
Thinking Partners

“There is such authenticity when educators speak from true experiences. I found myself unwilling to put this book down. There are so many ways this book can be used by educators, but probably none more important than by the individual principal seeking support, affirmation, and inspiration for continuing the efforts necessary to achieve the vision for his or her school and students.”

Stephanie Hirsh, Executive Director
National Staff Development Council

Diana Raney Williams

Diana Raney Williams, Ph.D., PCC is a leadership coach with Coaching For Results, Inc. where she serves as Chief of Evaluation Services and as a member of the Board of Directors. She consults across the country in professional development activities related to school improvement, school leadership and leadership coaching. She served as an urban educator for over thirty years in the Columbus, Ohio City School District. In addition to being an elementary teacher and evaluation specialist, she also served as a principal, a staff development supervisor, and a central office administrator for Effective Schools. She designed and implemented a... More About Author

Essie Hayden Richardson

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ISBN: 9781412986663