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.
Chapter 6: Leadership Focus and Planning: The Sage
Leadership Focus and Planning: The Sage
Preparing to assume the principalship of a school requires considerable planning. Conferencing with your faculty, staff, and parent constituencies in order to develop professional and personal relationships as well as to identify school needs as perceived by these critical groups is extremely important. How can a principal demonstrate respect for the history and traditions of the school, support the wishes of the school community, and still incorporate her leadership philosophy and vision for the school? This principal demonstrated such leadership skill in a unique way. Her approach set the tone for a very successful and positive 1st school year.
Themes addressed in this chapter:
- Preparation for relationship building
- Personalizing the school environment
- Short-and long-term planning for program development
- Visibility ...