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1st Edition

Introduction to the Principalship
Theory to Practice

ISBN 9780415741965
Published April 1, 2015 by Routledge
318 Pages

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Book Description

The latest leadership textbook from respected author team Kaplan and Owings explores how principals can effectively build a culture around student achievement. Introduction to the Principalship helps aspiring principals understand how to develop a vision for improvement, make decisions and manage conflict, build teachers’ capacity, communicate, monitor the organization’s performance, and create a school climate of mutual respect. This important book provides readers with various leadership concepts to inform their practice, as well as the cognitive and practical tools to evaluate and prioritize what leadership actions to take. Each chapter offers opportunities for readers to create personal meaning and explore new ways of doing leadership to advance a positive, person-focused environment. Providing both the theoretical framework and skills for effective practice, Introduction to the Principalship addresses the issues most urgent and relevant for educational leadership graduate students learning how to build a school culture that promotes every student’s success.

Special Features:

• Learning Objectives—chapter openers introduce the topic and initiate student thinking.
• Reflections and Relevance —interactive exercises, role plays, class activities, and assignments help readers think about content in personally meaningful ways, facilitate understanding of chapter content, and help transfer leadership thinking to action in their own schools.
• ISLLC Standards—each chapter is aligned to the 2015 Interstate School Leadership Licensure Standards.
• Companion Website—includes links to supplemental material, additional readings, and PowerPoints for instructors.

Table of Contents


    About the Authors


    Chapter 1: Principal Leadership for a Student-Centered Learning Environment

    Chapter 2: Leadership: A Brief Look at Theory and Practice

    Chapter 3: Developing Your Philosophy of Education

    Chapter 4: Understanding and Leveraging School Culture

    Chapter 5: Initiating and Sustaining Change

    Chapter 6: Building Ethical Behaviors and Relational Trust

    Chapter 7: Communications

    Chapter 8: Building Teacher Capacity

    Chapter 9: Conflict Management, Decision Making, and Problem Solving

    Chapter 10: Data-Driven Decision Making

    About the Authors


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Leslie S. Kaplan is a retired school administrator, a full-time education writer, and an Adjunct Research Professor at Old Dominion University, USA.

William A. Owings is Professor of Educational Leadership at Old Dominion University, USA.


"A great foundation book for principals and those working with them. Comprehensive, challenging, helpful, this book is both clear and compelling, and offers great ideas on all aspects of leadership in leading change with schools."

--Michael Fullan, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto

"Kaplan and Owings have crafted a powerful and much needed new volume on the principalship. They keep the spotlight exactly where it needs to be: on academic press and culture. This is an authentic and relevant work that focuses on seeing and understanding principal work at ground level."

--Joseph Murphy, Frank W. Mayborn Chair of Education and Associate Dean at Peabody College of Education, Vanderbilt University

"Kaplan and Owings have written a highly readable book that provides comprehensive coverage of pedagogy, the ISLLC standards, and current issues facing administrators. These engaging wordsmiths have written a book that is beneficial for both a graduate student beginning an educational administration program as well as a practicing school leader."

--Patricia Hoehner, Associate Professor of Educational Administration, University of Nebraska at Kearney

"This text has immediate and insightful impact at several levels for students of educational leadership studies: a novice benefits from the scope of presented theory as well as the depth of content and a veteran school leader has a useful ‘how-to’ guidebook suggesting several ways to enact sustainable positive school change. The journey is both thought-provoking and pragmatic."

--Michael V. Pregot, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Educational Leadership Studies, Long Island University

Support Material

Companion Website

Please visit our companion website for additional support materials.