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ERIC Number: ED426506
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 143
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-8039-6602-4
Creating Better Schools: What Authentic Principals Do. Principals Taking Action Series.
MacKay, Louise L.; Ralston, Elizabeth Welch
This book, designed as a mentoring and training tool for experienced and new secondary school principals, is a guide for attaining what the authors call "authenticity." An authentic principal is defined as one guided by service and responsibility for students and staff. The book is written in narrative form through the eyes of a fictionalized central character, who, after teaching history and mathematics for seven years, has recently entered an administrative training program. Each chapter provides at least one self-directed skill-building exercise designed to assist in developing one's own authenticity. Ten chapters define authenticity and describe its attributes: having vision in school success; demonstrating compassionate caring for members of the school community; trusting yourself and those around you; empowering the school community; being competent; choosing things that will matter most and make a lasting impact; responding effectively to a variety of daily situations; viewing learning as an ongoing process; and productively using hindsight. (RIB)
Corwin Press, Inc., 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320; Tel: 805-499-9774; e-mail:; Web site: (paper: ISBN-0-8039-6602-4, $19.95; library edition: ISBN-0-8039-6601-6, $45.95).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A