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2nd Edition

What Successful Principals Do!
199 Tips for Principals

ISBN 9781138671676
Published August 12, 2016 by Routledge
264 Pages

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Book Description

    Take charge of your school today with What Successful Principals Do! In this friendly, energetic, and engaging book, Franzy Fleck draws on his experience as a principal to share dozens of practical strategies for running a successful school. Organized into manageable chapters, Fleck’s advice is both powerful and realistic. In this second edition, you’ll find 30 additional tips covering the most timely issues, as well as 13 bonus tips!

    You’ll learn how to:

    • Effectively use social media
    • Enhance relationships with students, parents, and staff
    • Manage complex decision-making
    • Develop HR and personnel leadership
    • Deal with grief, trauma, and crisis

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Tip Index



Meet the Author

Part I : Developing You

Chapter 1: Everyday Habits

Chapter 2: Communication

Chapter 3: Leadership

Chapter 4: Decision-Making

Part 2. Developing Future Student Leaders

Chapter 5: Character Traits

Chapter 6: Classroom Environment

Chapter 7: Management

Part 3. Developing Key Leaders

Chapter 8: Vision, Mission, and Goals

Chapter 9: Mentoring

Chapter 10: Motivation & Appreciation

Chapter 11: Communication with Staff

Chapter 12: High Expectations

Chapter 13: Supporting Staff

Chapter 14: Developing Leadership

Part 4. Developing Family Relationships

Chapter 15: Enhancing Relationships

Chapter 16: Collaboration

Chapter 17: Communication with Families

Part 5. Developing Community Relationships

Chapter 18: School Pride

Chapter 19: External Connections

Part 6: Final Thoughts

Chapter 20: Bonus Tips

Chapter 21: Forks in the Road


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Franzy Fleck is a Superintendent in Chicago, Illinois. During his career as an educator, he’s been a junior high teacher, dean, elementary principal, middle school principal, and curriculum coordinator.


"This book is a treasure trove of ideas. Dr. Fleck's successes and insights can now be applied to everyone's school." -- Todd Whitaker, Professor at Indiana State University, internationally-recognized education expert, and author of over 40 books, including What Connected Educators Do Differently

"Dr. Fleck's passion for education has led him to provide suggestions and strategies that will lead current and future administrators towards success. What Successful Principals Do! is an invaluable resource for building administrators and will undoubtedly be considered as one of his legacies in the field of education." -- Sheila Huff, Principal at Bosse High School, Evansville, Indiana