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Conversations With Principals: Issues, Values, and Politics is a unique compilation of interviews with principals at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels. Unlike any other text in Educational Administration, this book allows students the unusual opportunity to experience the inner voice of principals as they discuss the many decisions they make and the multitude of people they must engage.

Maintaining Stability and History: The Traditionalist
Maintaining stability and history: The traditionalist

Predictability and order are the benchmarks of a stable and controlled school environment. This perspective is central to a newly appointed principal's charge as she assumed the leadership position of a small elementary school. How does an inexperienced young principal provide strong leadership that continues a rich tradition? How does she introduce her own style while maintaining the accepted leadership approach of the former administrator? How does she gradually introduce change? What types of relationships must be developed that acknowledge past practices while introducing new ideas and approaches? These are some of the central issues identified in this interview with her.

Themes addressed in this chapter:

  • Overcoming the leadership learning curve
  • Starting up a school
  • Keeping perspective
  • Developing administrative ...
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