The second edition of The Principalship from A to Z provides a set of tools that can be used immediately to improve your leadership practice. Organized into 26 chapters—one for each letter of the alphabet—this book covers the most important and prevalent issues and skills for leaders in today’s schools, including matters of limited funding, juggling social media, teacher evaluation, student achievement, school safety, and collaborating with parents. This accessible guide offers specific strategies that will help you navigate the complexity of your job and help you to become a more effective principal.
Topics new to this updated edition include:
- A renewed focus on student learning as the first priority of a principal and updated strategies for becoming a powerful instructional coach
- Information about restorative justice practices and other disciplinary approaches
- Timely new chapters on motivating teachers and students, using social media, and handling limited resources
- Updated resources at the end of each chapter
For both new and experienced leaders, you’ll find this book to be full of practical templates and strategies to implement immediately. Many tools are available as free eResources from our website, www.routledge.com/9781138899568.
Table of Contents
All About Achievement
Begin with a Vision
Collaborating for Success
Effective School and Classroom Discipline
Finding the Right People
Grading and Assessment
How to Impact School Culture
Juggling Social Media
Keys to Successful Advocacy
Limited Funding Doesn’t Have to Limit You
New Ideas, New Challenges
Options for Successful Meetings
Professional Learning Facilitates Growth
Quality Teacher Evaluation
Recognizing the Law
Serving Special Populations
Teaming with Families and Community
Under Pressure: School Safety
Valuing Your Role as Learner
Working Together for the Future
X Factor: Balancing Work and Personal Life
Year after Year: Sustaining Success
Zero In On Your Schedule
Ronald Williamson is Professor of Leadership and Counseling at Eastern Michigan University. He is a former principal, central office administrator, and Executive Director of the National Middle School Association (now AMLE).
Barbara R. Blackburn is the bestselling author of 15 books and is a sought-after national and international consultant.
"Williamson and Blackburn have provided a comprehensive school leadership guide, chock-full full of practical tools, insightful tips, reflective prompts, and valuable resources to engage and support aspiring, novice, and experienced principals."
--Mark Neill, Chair of Professional Educator Preparation Programs, Idaho State University, USA
The authors bring to life powerful and practical ideas that all principals need to successfully lead a campus. Whether you are a principal, aspiring to become one, or know someone who is a principal, this is a must-have manual for school leadership! Offering powerful quotes and skills for principals, your copy will be highlighted, tagged, and worn on the corners."
--Kirsten Hund, Associate Executive Director for Instruction, Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TESPA)
"Principalship from A to Z, authors Ronald Williamson and Barbara Blackburn have created a practical resource that can be read as a book for professional development in its entirety, or used as an effective manual to help both new and veteran leaders navigate through the challenges that you face in a given situation."
--Mike Janatovich, Middleweb
"I see this book as a great resource to use with our students during their internship experience. The A to Z approach is easily aligned with the new leadership standards and offers students suggestions on activities that might be used to demonstrate competency in achieving these standards."
--Dr. Margaret Jones-Carey, Middleweb