1st Edition

The Principal as Human Resources Leader
A Guide to Exemplary Practices for Personnel Administration

ISBN 9781138024403
Published July 23, 2014 by Routledge
176 Pages

USD $34.95

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Book Description

Increasingly, personnel administrative duties within schools have been delegated to the local school principal. This accessible book arms school leaders with the knowledge and skills required to be an effective human resources leader and shows them how to fold these additional duties seamlessly into their daily routines. This practical resource provides school administrators with guidance on personnel selection, growth and development, orientation and placement, school climate, legal processes, leadership for classified staff and other important human resources processes.

Special Features:

• Grounded in extensive research and interviews with practicing principals
• Provides a wealth of examples, strategies, tips, and best practices for leading the human resources function at the school level
• Chapter exercises and case studies explore the skills and knowledge needed for effective human resource leadership
• Details the significance of developing a positive school climate
• Legal aspects of human resources administration are made digestible and understandable


Table of Contents

Chapter 1  The Principal as Human Resources Leader

Chapter 2  Leadership for Implementing the Human Resources Processes at the    Local School Level

Chapter 3  Providing for Personal and Professional Growth and Development for All School Personnel

Chapter 4  School Climate: A School Principal’s Magic Wand

Chapter 5  Human Resources Administration and the Legal World of the School

Chapter 6  How the School Principal Can Actively Lead the Support Staff of the School

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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.



"This book is very practical, easy to read, and replete with research. I would consider it an asset for all school leaders, as well as for those individuals studying effective human resources application in schools. This is an excellent compilation of guidelines for human resource development in schools."

--Jean Krieger, Adjunct Professor, University of Southern Mississippi, and Retired School Principal

"As an Assistant Principal ready to take the leap into becoming a principal, I found this book to be an enlightening and refreshing look into the important role of the principal as human resource leader."

--Pamela Crabb, Education Specialist and Assistant Principal, Orange County Public Schools, Florida