Your First Year as a Principal Everything You Need to Know That They Don't Teach You in School

ISBN-10: 1601386249
ISBN-13: 9781601386243
Edition: 2nd 2013 (Revised)
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Description: As you sit at your desk behind the door ominously marked "Principal's Office," you are suddenly struck with a feeling of terror; what have you gotten yourself into? Being a principal is a difficult job filled with great responsibility and stress.  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc.
Publication date: 4/30/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 9.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

As you sit at your desk behind the door ominously marked "Principal's Office," you are suddenly struck with a feeling of terror; what have you gotten yourself into? Being a principal is a difficult job filled with great responsibility and stress. Before you panic, you should know that most principals survive the first year. However, Your First Year as a Principal will help make the first year easier, providing you with all the information you did not learn in school. With the help of this extensively researched book, first-year principals will learn how to step out from behind the previous principal's shadow, how to make changes without changing too much too soon, and how to deal with teachers, parents, and students. You will also learn how to handle the stresses of the job, how to find a mentor, and how to plan for public relations. Additionally, you will learn about the common mistakes first-year principals make and how to avoid them. You will learn about all of the duties that fall on your shoulders and how to handle that responsibility. You will also learn how to build strong relationships with teachers and staff, how to pick your battles, how to handle bullying in your school, how to boost staff morale, how to discipline students, and how to deal with conflicts. Ultimately, you will clearly understand what comes with being a principal. You will be able to clarify and define your roles, expectations, and responsibilities. Novice and veteran principals alike, who have all previously been in your position, offer their advice and tips on surviving your first year and excelling beyond. Also included are from-the-headlines blurbs to help you handle recent education policy changes. Whether you are the principal of a small, large, public, private, charter, urban, rural, or suburban school, Your First Year as a Principal will be an indispensable companion. With the help of this book, not only will you survive, you will also enthusiastically look forward to your sophomore year.

Cast of Characters
Former First-Year Principals
Veteran Principals and Exceptional Leaders
Forward
Introduction
Case Study: Preliminary Advice for First-Year Principals
Assessing the Situation
Case Study: How Former First-Year Principals Assessed Their New Institutions and Chose Curricula
A Principal's Priorities
Case Study: Their Top Priorities as Principals
Case Study: Common Mistakes to Avoid
Following in the Previous Principal's Footsteps
Case Study: The Importance of Mentors
Using Your Staff
A Clear View
Case Study: Things They Wish They Had Known Before Starting the Principalship
The Gap Analysis
Case Study: Determining the Best Resources for Your Teachers
Where to Go From Here
A Contagious Vision
Hiring and Firing Teachers
Case Study: Advice on Hiring Teachers
Your Strategy
Case Study: First-Year Principals on What They Hope to Achieve at Their New Institutions
The Standards
Honoring the System
Case Study: How Well Does College Prepare You for the Job?
Politics in Education
No Child Left Behind
In the News: President Obama's Vision for Education
Case Study: Thoughts on Laws and Litigation in Education
Inclusion
The Watchful Eyes Upon You
Case Study: Advice on Dealing with The Watchful Eyes
In the News: Race to the Top
In the News: Budget Cuts
Communication
Developing the Lines of Communication
In the News: Education Technology
Case Study: The Importance of Mutual Respect
Your Community and Public Relations
The Media
Case Study: Dealing with the Media
Your Teachers
Your Relationship with Teachers
Case Study: How to Best Lead Your Teachers
Teacher Conflict
Case Study: The Firing Process
Case Study: Dealing with Conflict
Your Students
Your Relationship with Students
Student Discipline
Case Study: Disciplining Your Students
Bullying
In the News: Use Caution in Cyberbullying Cases
The Parents
Your Relationship with Parents
Focusing on You
How Important Are You?
Taking Care of You
Know Your Limits
Closing the Gap
Measuring Success
Case Study: How Do You Judge Your Success?
Leadership and Mentoring
Case Study: The Biggest Challenges Faced by Today's Principals
Future Outlook
Case Study: Parting Pearls of Wisdom
Conclusion
The Teacher Handbook: An Example
Word from the Experts
Implementing New Curricula in Your School
Why They Became Principals
How They Define Their Roles as Principals
Words of Wisdom That Helped the Veterans Through Their First Years as Principals
How Important Are the Teachers in Your Success as Principal
Challenges Caused by the Previous Principal
The Most Rewarding Part of Being a Principal
Things They Feel Should Be Changed in the Education System
Advice Concerning Standardized Testing
More Resources
Bibliography
Author Biography
Index

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