ERIC Number: ED489086
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
The New Principal's Fieldbook: Strategies for Success
Robbins, Pam; Alvy, Harvey
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Any principal starting at a new school or taking a leadership position for the first time needs this book to help focus on the issues that are most critical to success. Drawing from research data and advice from experienced principals, the authors reveal secrets that can make or break a new school leader's career: (1) Three stages of becoming socialized to a new school environment; (2) First steps to "reading" a school culture and shaping its learning environment; (3) Guidelines for determining whether students are engaged in quality work; (4) Ideas for getting teachers more involved in meaningful professional development; (5) Strategies for setting priorities, streamlining tasks, cutting through red tape, and protecting classroom time; and (6) Tips on balancing personal and professional lives. The book offers checklists and assessment tools to help new and aspiring leaders analyze their strengths and weaknesses, prepare for the unexpected, and see how strategies from the book can work in specific situations. This book is organized into the following fifteen chapters: (1) Vision as the Compass; (2) Navigating in "Hidden History"; (3) Lessons Learned from Previous Explorers; (4) Developing Professional Learning Communities for a Productive Journey; (5) Instructional, Curricular, and Assessment Leadership: The Helmsman in Action; (6) Improving Student Learning Through Supervision and Professional Development; (7) Managing Human and Material Resources to Promote a Thriving Organization; (8) Emotions as a Gateway to Learning; (9) Understanding and Working with Change: New Roads and Detours; (10) Policies, Full-Service Counseling, and Crisis Intervention That Support Students; (11) The Schoolhouse and Central Office Working Together; (12) Parents and the Greater Community: Partnering for Student Success; (13) Working with the Media; (14) Balancing Professional and Personal Lives: Keeping Fit for the Journey; and (15) The Crucial First Steps on the Road to Success.
Descriptors: Leadership, Educational Environment, School Culture, Professional Development, Crisis Intervention, Principals, Educational Change, Check Lists, Evaluation Methods, Guidelines, School Counseling
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), 1703 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311. Tel: 800-933-2723 (Toll Free); e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.