ERIC Number: ED421747
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Speak Softly & Carry Your Own Gym Key: A Female High School Principal's Guide to Survival.
Hicks, Anna T.
This book is a series of personal accounts of the challenges faced by one female high school principal. The text recites a lengthy list of difficulties many women confront in their role as educational leaders. The book provides advice on day-to-day experiences, from carrying a walkie-talkie to obtaining a key to the gymnasium. The importance of a mentor is explored, along with the realization that many people will not be able to "see the big picture" and will subsequently become dissatisfied. Cracking the male network in athletics and the heavy influence that athletics has in high schools are discussed, followed by a chapter on cheerleaders entitled "The Pom-Pom Wars." The text moves from challenge to challenge, detailing the importance of serving the stakeholders, parents who do not take responsibility for their children's misbehavior, turf wars among teachers over size and location of space, achieving high standards, the school's physical appearance, the many difficult persons principals must face, issues that arise when men are supervised by a woman, the need for a support system for principals, working with the press, and the high school principal as parent. (RJM)
Descriptors: Experience, High Schools, Instructional Leadership, Personal Narratives, Principals, School Supervision, Sex Discrimination, Sex Stereotypes, Women Administrators
Corwin Press, Inc., 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320 (paperback: ISBN-0-8039-6384-X; cloth: ISBN-0-8039-6383).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A