Great Assistant Principals and the (Great) Principals Who Mentor Them: A Practical Guide, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Great Assistant Principals and the (Great) Principals Who Mentor Them

A Practical Guide, 1st Edition

By Carole Goodman, Christopher Berry


168 pages

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Written for principals and assistant principals to read and reflect on together, this book describes the most common challenges facing today’s assistant principals – and provides practical solutions. Authors Carole Goodman and Christopher Berry examine how principals and assistant principals can develop the kinds of relationships that serve to meet the needs of students, staff, and parents. Contents include: The Difference between the Principal’s Job and the Assistant Principal’s Job, The Assistant Principal Role: What the Students Need, The Assistant Principal Role: What the Staff Needs, and Principal and Assistant Principal Communication: The Honest High-Wire Act.

Table of Contents

Meet the Authors Preface


What This Book Is, What it Isn't, and How to Use It

Making the Case for Strong Relationships

Roadblocks to Assistant Principal Development: Two Perspectives

What This Book Is and Isn't


1. The Traditional Assistant Principal in Nontraditional Times

Once Upon a Time

Assistant Principal 2.0: The Evolution From Training to Leadership Development

The Assistant Principal Assignment: Old School vs. New School of Thought

A New Approach to the Assistant Principal Assignment: Shuffle and Deal


2. The Difference Between Principal's Job and the Assistant Principal's Job

The Deceiving Look of the "Glamorous Principalship"

The Rhyme and Reason of Delegation

The (Temporary) View from the Big Chair

Shining a Spotlight on the Assistant Principal


3. The Assistant Principal Role: What the Students Need

"Getting to Know You…"

Keeping It Positive, Keeps It Productive

Knowing Their Name Isn't Enough: Knowing What They Need

When What the Student Needs Has Little to Do with the Classroom


4. The Assistant Principal Role: What the Staff Needs

Recognizing the Difference Between What Teachers Want and Need

Implementing the Principal's Vision: Do You See What I See?

Follow the (Instructional) Leader: What Does the Data Tell Us?

Collaboration Beyond "Playing Well with Others"


5. The Assistant Principal Role: What the Parents and Community Need

A Conversation with a Parent Is Rarely a One-on-One Proposition

The Assistant Principal as Community Organizer

The Most Important Question Concerning Parents

Why Don't Parents Come with an Instruction Manual?


6. Hey! What About What I Need? And How Do I Know This?

Examining Both Sides of the Equation: Personal and Professional Needs

Experience (and the Experience of Others) Is the Best Teacher

The Care and Feeding of an Assistant Principal

You Can't Take Care of Others If You Don't Take Care of Yourself


7. Principal and Assistant Principal Communication: The Honest High-Wire Act

Walking the Walk

Metacognitive Processing: Was I Just Thinking That or Did I Say it Out Loud?

In the Loop, Part I: The Principal Never Likes Surprises

In the Loop, Part II: The Principal's Eyes and Ears


8. Assistant Principal Communication: How to Effectively Connect with Others

Learning from "The Great Communicator"

The Risks of Putting It Out There

…And Speaking of E-mail

Administrators Sometimes Need Extended Time, Too


9. Building the Administrative Team

Two Powerful Building Blocks

Assistant Principal Assignments: The Great Balancing Act

Hey! I'm Doing All the Heavy Lifting Here!

Competition Is Not Always a Healthy Thing


10. Fostering Other Productive Relationships

Choosing Your Professional Friends Wisely

Who Is On Your Speed Dial?

The Value of the Cohort: Mix and Match Your Own

The Person Who Really Runs the School


11. Help! I'm a Brand-New Assistant Principal and I'm Drowning!

The New Assistant Principal: Bring Your Life Vest

Your Assignment: How to Avoid Drawing the Short Straw

Piling Your Plate Too High and Other Hazards

Lines of Communication: Keeping Them Untangled


12. Why Try New Things If I Know What I Do Well?

Logic Doesn't Always Make the Most Sense

Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone Without "Stepping In It"

Venturing WAY Out of Your Comfort Zone

It Isn't the "What" of New Things, It's the "Who"


13. When a Crisis Hits (and It Will)

The Lessons of 9/11

The Most Important Resource in a Crisis: Quick Thinking and Common Sense

When the Principal's Away

No One Crisis is the Same as the Next


14. Creating Opportunities: Is There a Road Map Out There?

Wanted: A Career GPS

The Principal as Tour Guide

Opportunity Comes in Different Packages for Different Reasons

Asking for Directions Before You Get Lost

15. What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up? Suppose It's an Assistant Principal?

I'm "Just" An Assistant Principal

Why Have I Remained an Assistant Principal? Plenty of Good Reasons!

I'm a Career Assistant Principal - Am I Stuck?

Working with the Principal and (Sometimes) as the Principal


16. What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up? Suppose It's a Principal?

"When You Get to the Fork in the Road, Take It"

Being in the Right Place

…At the Right Time

The Prospective Principal (and Boy Scout) Motto: Be Prepared


17. "I Love My Job, But…"

It's All About Time

It's Really All About How I Coordinate My Time with Others

OK, So It's REALLY All About How and When I Structure My Day, In General

The True Bigger Picture


18. A Final Word

So What's the Priority?

Now More Than Ever: the Principal as Mentor

The Ultimate Principal Responsibility: Mentor and Develop Your Replacement

Keeping It All in Perspective

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Administration / School Superintendents & Principals