ERIC Number: ED454626
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Beginning the Principalship: A Practical Guide for New School Leaders. 2nd Edition.
Daresh, John C.
This is a highly practical book for the first-year principal or for the assistant principal looking ahead to promotion. In place of abstract generalities, it offers real-life vignettes and scenarios that may be faced by typical first-year principals. The skill checklists are intended to be realistic and unintimidating. Step-by-step explanations are provided for such skills as developing a network or finding mentors. Section 1 reviews technical managerial skills, such as using a personal leadership checklist, meeting skill expectations, and learning to lead by assisting. Section 2 covers socialization, including others' unspoken expectations and the need to learn the school's culture. Self-awareness is the theme of section 3. It points out the benefits of reviewing personal values, of avoiding some of the potential traps of being perceived as a typical boss, and helps the reader to organize a time line for his or her own learning and development. How to develop a support group may be the most important part of this section. The titles of suggested reading at the end of each chapter appear to offer a similar emphasis on practicality and specific skill building. (Contains 30 references.) (RKJ)
Descriptors: Assistant Principals, Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Training, Mentors, Principals
Corwin Press, Inc., 2455 Teller Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218 (paperback: ISBN-0-7619-7672-8, $29.95; cloth: ISBN-0-7619-7671-X, $69.95). Tel: 805-499-9734; Fax: 800-4-1-SCHOOL (Toll Free); e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.corwinpress.com.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Association of Elementary School Principals, Reston, VA.; National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.
Note: For the first edition, see ED 404 747.