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The Assistant Principal's Guide

New Strategies for New Responsibilities, 1st Edition

By M. Scott Norton


180 pages

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Though traditionally responsible for school operations, assistant principals increasingly find themselves expected to provide academic leadership as students face a growing emphasis on academic performance. This timely book helps current and aspiring assistant principals implement best practices for their evolving roles, providing the knowledge and skills required to succeed in their schools. Coverage includes:

  • Emphasis on competency-based leadership requirements
  • Research-based models, tips, snapshots, best-practices, and recommendations
  • Unique discussion of the assistant principal as a student advocate
  • Organizational strategies, professional growth activities, and operational models for program implementation
  • Specific leadership responsibilities for school climate, personnel administration, professional development, and performance appraisal
  • Case studies and discussion questions to foster applied learning


"The scope and complexity of an administrative position is one of the greatest challenges that an aspiring assistant principal faces. This book provides a foundational framework for all potential assistant principals… I would buy this book and use it as a reference for helping teachers transition to entry level administration, as well as use it in the university setting."

--Mike Andersen, Principal, Barry Goldwater High School, USA

"As the academic and social expectations of the principal change, the role of the assistant principal in regards to required knowledge, skills, and instructional leadership has changed… This book would be valuable in an Introduction to Leadership class, and I would recommend it to current and aspiring administrators."

-- Debbie Brockett, Principal, Las Vegas High School, USA

Table of Contents

Chapter 1---The Assistant School Principal: Bringing This Leadership Position to Life!

Chapter 2---Competency-Based Leadership: Improving the Role of Assistant Principal by Focusing on the Knowledge, Skills, and Competencies Required by the Position

Chapter 3--- The Assistant Principal as a Student Advocate

Chapter 4---The Assistant Principal as a Learning Leader

Chapter 5---Student Personnel Services: It’s Your Leadership That Counts

Chapter 6---A Resource File of Tasks, Competencies, and Indicators of Competencies for the Position of Assistant Principal: Perfecting the Leadership Position

About the Author

Dr. M. Scott Norton is a former public school teacher, coordinator of curriculum, assistant superintendent, and superintendent of schools. He has served as professor and vice-chair of the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and as professor and chair of the Department of Educational Administration at Arizona State University where he is currently professor emeritus.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Leadership