“A practical, useful, easy-to-read resource that I will keep on the edge of my desk as a reference. The book is filled with excellent and useful information and serves as both a concise summary of focal points for principals as well as a resource for additional information.”
—Kari Dahlquist, Principal
Creek Valley Elementary School, Edina, MN
“All school administrators who want their school to become a high-performing school have to read this book. It is transformational!”
—Sean Beggin, Assistant Principal
Andover High School, MN
Learn how successful principals make a difference in their school's performance!
Outstanding principals are made, not born. With insights drawn from a ground-breaking study and numerous firsthand accounts, this illuminating book reveals how principals develop the leadership qualities that support schoolwide achievement.
Written by best-selling authors and respected experts in school improvement, this comprehensive guide captures unique perspectives from 20 successful principals, representing a wide range of urban and rural schools. Presenting real-life strategies and best practices, the authors show how principals use a systems-development approach to build empowered teams and excellent organizations. Designed for school and district administrators as well as staff developers, this resource:
Describes the key characteristics of extraordinary principals and high-performing schools, including nine crucial actions that drive positive change; Focuses on how principals balance both administrative responsibilities and instructional leadership; Shows how to actively involve teachers, staff, and families in school improvement, including individual and group activities; Addresses the role of research and data in stronger schoolwide performance; Offers tips and suggestions from highly regarded principals, along with recommended resources for further study and team trainings
Learn how the experiences of fellow principals can help you energize your team and realize your school's promise!
Chapter 10: Teaching and Learning
Teaching and Learning
In contrast to the practices of principals generally (Murphy, 2003), the principals we studied developed and maintained the school's (i.e., administrators', teachers', staff members', and parents') focus on teaching ...