“An extensive and comprehensive resource for aspiring as well as practicing school leaders at every level. For aspiring school leaders, this book provides a multifaceted look at the complexity of school organizations. For practicing school leaders, the design of the content, the broad array of useful information, the action checklists, the quick-read guidelines, and the extensive references provide readers with a useful guide.”
—Gerald N. Tirozzi, Executive Director
National Association of Secondary School Principals
An original, proven approach to help you meet challenges head-on!
Research has shown that effective school leadership is a key factor in promoting high student achievement. This very practical, easy-to-use reference draws from leadership lessons learned in both education and business. Written as a field manual for “school CEOs” to facilitate understanding and operating a school as an organization, this book is designed for easy access within a unifying framework to enable flexible use for busy principals.
Based on the Organizational Effectiveness Model, the manual offers a blend of background knowledge and practices that are immediately useful, in the context of five elements that are essential to all organizations:
Mission, including the central importance of useful metrics; Strategies, such as the value of seeing the whole system; Structure, including skill with conflict management; People, highlighting the usefulness of political savvy; Leadership, including the fundamental importance of trust
Filled with practical strategies and tools, The Principal's Field Manual is an invaluable resource for helping both new and experienced administrators better understand and effectively operate the school as a vital and dynamic organization.
In terms of the staff of people who will actually do the delivering:
- Do we engage in deliberate practices to bring new people on board and help them embrace our mission?
- Do we clearly define the various roles and responsibilities in our school?
- Are the right people doing the right work in our school?
- Does the school encourage us to seek assignments that capitalize on our strengths, interests, and enthusiasm?
- Are the people in our school growing both personally and professionally?
- Do we collaborate broadly and hold ourselves mutually accountable to achieve success for the entire school?
- Do we recognize people fairly for the contributions they make and respect their differences?
If you answered no to any of these questions, then the topics in this section should be helpful.
This last section of the field ...