ERIC Number: ED381898
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Voices in the Hall: High School Principals at Work.
Webster, William E.
This book presents findings of a study that explored the changing role of the high school principal. Data were gathered from principals and central-office personnel through interviews in more than 150 high schools in 23 states and 7 countries. Following the introductory chapter, chapter 2 describes the autonomy of the principal's school-site decision making in areas of personnel, curriculum, and budgets. In chapter 3 the role of the principal as a change agent in the arenas of instruction, school improvement, and restructuring is examined. Chapter 4 focuses on the principal's role as a leader, motivator, and supporter of teachers, describing strategies for motivating teachers, structures for participative decision-making, and the status of teacher empowerment in the schools. Suggestions for interacting with students are presented in chapter 5, which stresses the importance of student success and creating a safe, orderly campus. The principal's role as a community leader is discussed in chapter 6, with a focus on reaching out to the community and involving businesses in the school. The final chapter offers several proposals: (1) site-based management should become a part of school governance; (2) principals and teachers should discuss changing roles and responsibilities; (3) the principal should develop a coherent personal management style based on personal strengths; (4) each school should have an organized plan for instructional improvement and innovation; (5) the central office must work with principals in establishing new relationships; (6) the principal, district, and teachers must work with unions to ensure that contracts are flexible enough to meet local needs; (7) schools must continue to reach out to all segments of the community; and (8) schools and universities should work closely together on research, planning, training, and evaluation. (LMI)
Descriptors: Administrator Effectiveness, Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Role, Board Administrator Relationship, Discipline Policy, Educational Change, Educational Environment, High Schools, Leadership, Principals, School Based Management, School Community Relationship, Teacher Administrator Relationship
Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation; P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402-0789 ($8).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
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