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.
Chapter 1: Nature of Leadership: Challenge of the Times
Nature of Leadership: Challenge of the Times
Public and private schools and school principals are experiencing one of the most challenging times in education. In an educational caldron of rejuvenated processes, school leaders, experienced and aspiring, through research and experience are learning more about their own vulnerabilities as well as their newly found successes.
Research studies by the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education (CALDER) “provide evidence that the quality of a principal affects a range of school outcomes including teachers' satisfaction and their decisions about where to work, parents' perceptions about the schools their children attend, and, ultimately, the academic performance of the school” (Rice, 2012, p. 1). Further, the evidence provided by CALDER “demonstrates ...