Be the leader your school community needs The responsibilities of school leaders are increasingly complex. In this book, you will find a problem-solving model to help you think through morally complex situations. These steps will enable you to arrive at innovative solutions that are ethical, logical, culturally sensitive, and in the best interests of students. Packed with real-life vignettes, mental exercises, reflections, checklists, and other templates, these strategies will help you  • Understand how ethical standards and core values drive your leadership choices  • Approach problems through a lens of equity and care for the students entrusted to you  • Recognize when urgent action is called for and when it’s better to slow down in order to thoroughly consider your actions and the potential consequences of those actions As a leader, you face difficult challenges every day. This book will help ensure that the decisions you make are right for your students–and for the whole community.



When I was a new principal, at the end of each day I could usually be found puzzling over that day’s dilemma. Looking back, I’m sure there wasn’t a dilemma every single day, but at the time it seemed like it. Besides being challenged by the people-centered situations that occur on every school campus, I also felt inundated with a tsunami of tasks, meetings, and community members who all wanted to talk to me. As a teacher, I was in control of my schedule and had the ability to decompress after students had left at the end of the day. As a principal, I quickly learned that “before school” and “afterschool” was not downtime to complete the compliance-oriented functions of my job that needed ...

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