ERIC Number: ED432835
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Leading America's Schools: The Critical Role of the Principal.
National Association for Schools of Excellence.; Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
This booklet was written for central-office administrators, board members, parents, teachers, and others who seek outstanding principals. It was also written for principals who want to improve their skills so they may serve their constituents, especially students, at the highest level. The booklet is the third installment in a trilogy of educational propositions developed to ensure excellence in education. Twenty-two principals, who are charter members of the National Association for Schools of Excellence (NASE), provided the success stories used in this publication. It lists the 10 essential elements for achieving success, such as high expectations, clear vision, and leadership, and outlines how partnerships with businesses can benefit both partners. The text advocates identifying and selecting the best people for teaching positions and describes how the role of the principal has changed from that of manager to leader. The document lists the eight key points of action for reaching international standards, including proper school structure, effective assessment, and parent involvement. It discusses the importance of a principal's personal qualities and convictions, such as a profound belief in the limitless possibilities of human potential. A question-and-answer section is followed by three appendices that include a position statement for NASE. (RJM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association for Schools of Excellence.; Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.