3rd Edition

Study Guide: What Great Principals Do Differently Twenty Things That Matter Most

    114 Pages
    by Eye On Education

    114 Pages
    by Eye On Education

    Written to accompany the third edition of Todd Whitaker's bestselling title, What Great Principals Do Differently, this study guide can be used by facilitators and participants in workshops, webinars, book study groups, or other professional development events. The guide features a variety of strategies and activities that will help principals apply the book’s concepts to their own situation, so they can get the most out of the book, increase their professional growth, and have a greater impact as school leaders. Each chapter includes:

    Key Concepts

    Discussion Questions

    Journal Prompts

    Group Activities

    Application Strategies

    With this study guide, you can gain a deeper understanding of Whitaker's acclaimed book and learn how to apply his concepts and ideas in daily practices.

    Chapter 1 Why Look at Great?

    Chapter 2 It’s People, Not Programs

    Chapter 3 Develop an Accurate Sense of Self

    Chapter 4 Who Is the Variable?

    Chapter 5 Treat Everyone with Respect, Every Day, All the Time

    Chapter 6 Be the Filter

    Chapter 7 Teach, Don't Tell

    Chapter 8 Hire Great Teachers

    Chapter 9 Recruiting and Retaining Talent

    Chapter 10 Understand the Dynamics of Change

    Chapter 11 Standardized Testing

    Chapter 12 Focus on Behavior, Then Focus on Beliefs

    Chapter 13 Loyal to Whom?

    Chapter 14 Base Every Decision on Your Best Teachers

    Chapter 15 In Every Situation, Ask Who Is Most Comfortable and Who Is Least Comfortable

    Chapter 16 Understand the High Achievers

    Chapter 17 Make It Cool to Care

    Chapter 18 Don’t Need to Repair—Always Do Repair

    Chapter 19 Deal with Negative or Ineffective Staff Members

    Chapter 20 Set Expectations at the Start of the Year

    Chapter 21 Leadership Is Not An Event

    Chapter 22 Clarify Your Core


    Todd Whitaker (@toddwhitaker) is a leading presenter in the field of education and has written more than 50 books including the bestseller What Great Principals Do Differently. He is a professor of educational leadership at the University of Missouri.