Survival Kit for the Elementary School Principal With Reproducible Forms, Checklists and Letters

ISBN-10: 0137459858
ISBN-13: 9780137459858
Edition: 1998
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Description: For the new and veteran elementary principal, here is a unique "survival kit" packed with tested advice, practical guidelines, and ready-to-use materials for all aspects of your job gleaned from the author's 25 years of experience in both public and  More...

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List price: $42.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/20/1998
Binding: Comb Bound 
Pages: 446
Size: 9.25" wide x 11.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.640

For the new and veteran elementary principal, here is a unique "survival kit" packed with tested advice, practical guidelines, and ready-to-use materials for all aspects of your job gleaned from the author's 25 years of experience in both public and private schools. The Kit focuses on the issues, situations, and tasks that you face daily in your roles as leader, arbitrator, evaluator, chairperson, disciplinarian and more... ...from working with angry parents and ensuring the safety of all students...to stimulating your staff to reach for new goals... integrating technology into the regular school program... and promoting support for your school through positive parent and community relations. What's more, it includes over 150 letters, forms and checklists that can be used as is or readily adapted for any elementary school. For example, you'll find a practical form to use when interviewing teacher candidates, a template for developing a school master schedule, and checklists for examining the school plant and preparing the budget, All of this tested, ready-to-use help is organized for quick access into 20 sections and printed in a big spiral-bound format for easy photocopying. Following is an overview of section topics with one sample reproducible from each: Your Role As Principal-Flyer Seeking Volunteers for a Curriculum Committee How to Plan for the School Year-Parent Letter Outlining School Goals Shared Decision Making-Constitution for a School Leadership Council Improving Teacher Observation & Evaluation-Classroom Observation Report Curriculum Development & Renewal-Curriculum Map for Science Instruction Assessment purposes & Practices-Portfolio Assessment Forms Using the School Testing Program-Standardized Testing Schedule Reporting Student Progress-Form for Scheduling Parent Conference Programs for Special Needs Students-Student Records Inspection Log Student Discipline-Student Expectations Management Form Improving Professional Development-Staff Development Proposal Form Keeping School Staff Informed-Sample Staff Bulletin Promoting Positive Parent Relations-Letter of Thanks to a Parent Volunteer Technology & the School Program-Internet User Contract (Grades K-5) Budget Preparation & Control-Budget Development Worksheet Maintaining a Clean, Safe Environment-Building Inspection Checklist Effective Class Placement Policies-Letter to Students Announcing Placement Effective Scheduling Practices-Elementary School Scheduling Grid Staffing & Hiring-Sample Letter Announcing Staff Hiring School Traditions & Ceremonies-Sample Program for an Opening Assembly And to save you even more time and effort, the Kit includes a "bonus" CD-ROM containing all of the reproducibles in it arranged in section order. You can use this to customize letters, reformat the text to enhance your own special message, and/or print any communication on special stationery!

About This Resource
Your Role as Principal
The Nature of the Principalship
Define Your Own Belief System
Instructional Leadership
The Importance of Diplomacy
The Need for Positive Community Relations
Learn from Experience
Effective Time-Management Practices
Maintain Perspective
How to Plan for the School Year--Setting Goals and Maintaining Focus
The Power of Goals
Goals Should Make a Difference
Setting Goals--Broad-Based Involvement
The Elements of Well-Designed School Goals
Keep the Ball in the Air
Reporting on Goal Fulfillment
Summary
Shared Decision Making--the Key to a More Effective School
What Is Meant by Shared Decision Making?
What Are the Benefits of Shared Decision Making?
What Do Effective School Councils Do?
What Steps Are Required to Establish a School Council?
What Are the Skills Required for Effective Council Meetings?
The Role of the Principal in Shared Decision Making
How to Assess the Effectiveness of a School Council
Improving Teacher Observation and Evaluation
The Purposes of Supervision and Evaluation
How to Establish a Positive Climate for Teacher Supervision
How to Clarify the Criteria for Supervision and Evaluation
Achieving a Balance Between Formal and Informal Observations
Reviewing Professional Development Plans
The Preobservation Conference
How to Conduct Effective Teacher Observations
The Postobservation Conference--A Time for Sharing and Learning
Other Means of Observation and Evaluation
How to Make the Most of an Annual Evaluation Conference
How to Make Effective Decisions About Rehiring Teachers
How to Deal Effectively with the Marginal Teacher
Evaluating the Supervisory Process
The Principal's Role in Curriculum Development and Renewal
What Is the Curriculum?
Establishing a Time Line for Examining the Curriculum
A Process for Curriculum Renewal
Preparing a Curriculum Document
The Role of Inquiry and Integrated Learning
Curriculum Articulation
Curriculum Supervision and Accommodating Teacher Choice and Flexibility
Assessment in the Elementary School--Purposes and Practices
The Purposes of Assessment
A Few Useful Definitions
Assessment vs. Testing
Gaining Consensus on Learning Outcomes
Aligning Assessment to Instruction
Different Assessments for Different Needs
Steps to Follow in Designing Assessments
A Balanced Approach to Assessment
Using the School Testing Program to Good Advantage
The Purposes of Standardized Testing
Kinds of Standardized Tests Often Given in Elementary Schools
Effective Ways to Approach Testing
Administrative Responsibilities in the School Testing Program
Helping Children Perform Their Best on Standardized Tests
Effective Analysis and Use of Test Results
Understanding the Limitations of Standardized Tests
Reporting the Results of Tests to Parents and Students
Reporting Student Progress to Parents
First Things First--Getting to Know Students
When Should Student Progress Be Reported?
Clarifying Reporting Practices with Teachers
Helping Parents to Understand the School's Reporting System
Improving Progress Reports
Reporting Progress in Special Subject Areas
Tips and Techniques for Holding Effective Parent Conferences
Student Self-Evaluation
Administering Effective Programs for Students with Special Needs
The Role of the Principal in Overseeing Special Services
Identifying Special Needs of Students
Developing a Continuum of Services for Students
The Trend Toward Inclusion
Creating a Pupil Support Team
Prereferral Interventions
Procedures to Follow in Section 504 Referrals
Referral for Special Educational Services
Dealing with the Outcomes of a Special Education Evaluation
Discipline Regulations and Special Education Students
Administering English-as-a-Second-Language Programs
Administering Gifted and Talented Educational Programs
Staff Development Needs in Dealing with Unique Learners
Assessing the Effectiveness of Programs to Meet Special Needs
Student Discipline--Approaches, Alternatives, and Solutions
Causes of Discipline Problems That Principals Are Likely to Encounter
Approaches to Effective Discipline
Elements of a Preventive Discipline Program
Advice for Teachers About Classroom Discipline
The Principal's Role in the School Discipline Program
The Importance of Parent Communication
Alternatives in a School Discipline Program
Improving Your School's Professional Development Program
The Need for Ongoing Professional Development
How to Begin--Conducting a Staff Development Needs Assessment
Staff Development and Behavioral Change
The Principal's Role in Devising a Staff Development Program
Implementing an Effective Staff Development Program
The Faculty Meeting as a Forum for Professional Development
Staff Development for School Service Personnel
Promoting Effective Communication--Internal and External
The Importance of Effective Communication
Keeping the School Staff Informed
Obtain Requested Information in an Organized Fashion
Keeping the Parent Body and the Community Informed
Face-to-Face Communications
Establishing a Network of "Key Communicators"
Communications in Times of Crisis
The Written Letter--A Lost Art
Promoting Positive Parent and Community Relations
Begin with Your Own School Community
Developing Unity of Purpose
The Importance of Availability and Visibility
Working with a Principal's Advisory Council
Establishing Procedures for Handling of Parental Complaints
Developing Programs for the Involvement of Parents
Preparing School Newsletters, Publications, and Bulletins
The Importance of the Role of the School Secretary
Dealing with the Media
Becoming Skillful at Creating Positive Publicity for Your School
Technology and the Elementary School Program
A Working Definition of Technology
Clarifying the Purposes of Technology in the School
Planning for Effective Use of Technology in Schools
Integrating Technology into the General Curriculum
Technology and Educational Reform
Planning for Appropriate Staff Development
Using On-Line Services
Evaluating Content and Software Programs
Ensuring Proper Use, Maintenance, and Inventory of Equipment
Effective Budget Preparation and Control
Planning--The First Step
Preparing Budget Documents
Budget Review and Approval
Implementing and Controlling the Budget
Securing Alternative Means of Funding in Your School
Handling Student Activity Accounts and Disbursements
Maintaining a Clean and Safe School Environment
Caring for the School Building
Maximizing the Use of Building Space
Working with the Custodial Staff
Securing, Storing, and Maintaining an Inventory of Custodial Supplies
Maintaining a Safe and Clean School Site
Improving the Appearance of Indoor Spaces
Long-Term Planning and Capital Projects
Ensuring School Security and Safety
Developing and Implementing Effective Class Placement Policies
Fair and Appropriate Organization of Classes
Inviting Parent Input into Class Placement--Benefits and Drawbacks
Developing Class Lists
Forming Incoming Kindergarten Classes
Dealing with the Retention of Students in a Grade
Announcing Class Placements to Parents
Handling Parent Complaints About Class Placements
Placing Students Who Enter During the School Year
Grouping Students Within Classes
Reviewing and Evaluating Class Placement Practices
Effective and Creative School Scheduling Practices
Setting Goals for the School Schedule
The Effect of the Schedule on the Climate of the School
Defining Premises, Assumptions, and Contractual Considerations
Models and Approaches for School Scheduling
Getting Down to Business--Developing the Master Schedule
Year-Round Schooling--A Growing Trend
Staffing and Hiring--Critical Decisions for Principals
Projecting Staffing Needs
Forming a Selection Committee
Developing a Candidate Profile
Recruiting Suitable Candidates
Paper Screening
Developing Interview Questions
Developing an Interview Schedule
Conducting Interviews
Checking References
Making a Hiring Recommendation
Notifying Applicants of Their Status
Announcing Hiring Decisions to the School Community
Orienting New Staff Members
Evaluating Hiring and Orientation Practices
School Traditions and Ceremonies
Making Schools Great and Memorable with Traditions and Ceremonies
Developing a School Culture
Planning for Ceremonies and Maintaining Traditions
Examples of School Traditions and Ceremonies
Passing Down School Traditions from One Generation to the Next
Index

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