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Launching Your First Principalship
A Guide for Beginning Principals



October 2003 | 160 pages | Corwin
Examining the critical first days and weeks of the school year, this book is directed to the new and aspiring headteacher. It addresses key issues of succession, socialization, and leadership. It also provides qualitative feedback from new and seasoned headteacher, identifying common mistakes to avoid, and discussing critical skills acquisition.
 
Introduction
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. You've Got the Job
Embrace the Role

 
What Kind of Leader Will You Be?

 
Expect Personal Change

 
Expect Relationships to Change

 
Hang On!

 
The Principal's Key

 
 
2. Get Acquainted: The People, the Place, the Culture
The People

 
Get Acquainted

 
The Principal's Key

 
 
3. Beginning and Ending Your School Year
Beginning the School Year

 
The End of the Year

 
The Principal's Key

 
 
4. Learn to Communicate
Understand the Communication System

 
Know Your Audience

 
Organize Yourself

 
Make Personal Communication a Priority

 
Communicate With Constituents: The Superintendent and Staff

 
Communicate With School Personnel

 
Communicate With Students

 
Communication With Parents

 
The Principal's Key

 
 
5. Maximize Staff Potential
Communicate Expectations

 
Encourage and Facilitate Professional Development

 
Sustain Staff Morale

 
Supervision and Evaluation

 
The Principal's Key

 
 
6. Use Time Effectively
Organize the Office

 
The Principal's Key

 
 
7. Solve Problems, Dilemmas and Grievances
Take Time to Think

 
A Conflict Resolution Model

 
The Principal's Key

 
 
8. Make Effective Changes
The Challenges

 
The Principal's Key

 
 
9. Take Care of Yourself
Learn to Manage Stress

 
What Triggers Stress?

 
Select Appropriate Responses

 
Restructure Your Thinking

 
Take Care of Your Health

 
Find a Balance

 
Continue Learning

 
The Principal's Key

 
 
Resource A. School and Self- Assessment Tools
 
Resource B. Your Educational Philosophy
 
Resource C. The Job Selection Process: Examining Potential Matches
 
Resource D. The Interview Process: Tips to Guide You
 
Resource E. Annotated Bibliography for Beginning Principals
 
References
 
Index

"I couldn’t put the book down, and I’ve been a principal for 24 years. The information is excellent for all individuals interested in the principalship."

Denny Vincent, Past President
National Association of Secondary School Principals

"Brock and Grady present a realistic glimpse of the issues that principals must deal with, either knowingly, or unfortunately, unknowingly. This book can help principals avoid the latter."

Mike Parnell, Principal and Board Member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals
Carrollton High Schook, Carrollton, MO

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Introduction

Chapter 1: You've Got the Job


Barbara Louise Brock

Barbara L. Brock is a professor of education at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She has held a variety of positions in education, including education department chair, director of school administration, elementary principal, and K-12 teacher. She presents nationally and internationally on topics of beginning teacher induction, leadership succession, teacher and principal burnout, and educators with disabilities. She is coauthor with Marilyn Grady of Principals in Transition: Tips for Surviving Succession, From First-Year to First-Rate: Principals Guiding New Teachers, Rekindling the Flame: Principals Combating Teacher Burnout,... More About Author

Marilyn L. Grady

Marilyn L. Grady, is professor of educational administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). She is the author or coauthor of 23 books, including From Difficult Teachers to Dynamic Teamwork (2009) with Brock, Getting it Right from the Start (2009) with Kostelnik From First Year to First Rate (2007) with Brock, 194 High-Impact Letters for Busy Principals (2006), 20 Biggest Mistakes Principals Make and How to Avoid Them (2004) and Launching Your First Principalship (2004) with Brock. Her research areas include leadership, the principalship, and superintendent-board relations. She has more than 175 publications to her credit. She... More About Author

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