Taking a practice-to-theory approach grounded in research The Principal: Leadership for a Global Society is a core textbook for use by aspiring and practicing K-12 school principals. The goal of the text is to prepare school leaders to successfully face the real life issues that principals deal with on a day-to-day basis. This comprehensive text addresses the most up to date view building leadership as well providing a rich arrange of pedagogical features that help school principals understand both the challenges prevalent in schools today and the tool belt of leadership strategies needed to meet school, district, community, state, and national ideologies and standards. This text will provide a rich array of innovative, practical, and successful leadership concepts ideas that will separate it from other principalship textbooks on the market today.
One of the most hotly contested topics in the field of education is whether principals can be school managers as well as instructional leaders. The question looms: Is the principalship too much work for just one person? Research shows that fewer principals are employed due to retirements and a lack of new leaders in the pipeline, as well as a lack of plans relating to leader success. It is for this reason that the state of Kentucky prompted the Kentucky Department of Education to introduce the School Administration Manager Project (SAM). Whether or not this particular measure “catches on,” research demonstrates a continuation of major problems with school leadership and impending shortages of new leaders (Kentucky Department of Education, 2009). Further ...