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.
Successful school principals know by experience and instinct the importance of having a quality public relations program as well as the importance of community. They also know the importance of keeping up with current trends and global changes—especially in technology and communication. These are crucial aspects of being an effective administrator. Therefore, the purpose of Part IV is to examine a series of trends and a variety of practical applications as well as “principal alerts” for building-level principals to keep abreast in their rapidly changing world of education. Investing in knowledge and developing new leadership skills is crucial—if not a key to school success.[Page 310]