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Why the Principalship? : Making the Leap from the Classroom - Dale L. Brubaker

Why the Principalship?

Making the Leap from the Classroom

Paperback Published: 13th July 2010
ISBN: 9781607097723
Number Of Pages: 168

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"Anyone who ever attended a school overseen by a bad principal ought to be able to answer the question posed in the title of Why the Principalship? Gifted teachers form the most powerful memories of education for students, but the principal is responsible for creating the atmosphere in which the best teachers either flourish or wither. A great principal is, above all, the school's head teacher. The only thing I would add to this lively, informative, encouraging book is that an excellent principal ought to keep one foot---or at least a toe---in the classroom. At a time when education has never been more crucial to the future of our nation, and public schools are under attack from all sides, there has never been a greater need for school administrators who understand that their job is to be leaders true to the Latin root of the word educate, which means to `lead out.'"---Susan Jacoby, author of New York Times bestseller The Age of American Unreason; former education writer for the Washington Post and the New York Times

"Why the Principalship? is just the book for people beginning their journey to school leadership. It shares the experiences of many who have made the transition by incorporating a set of `snapshots'---the actual words of certification students, assistant principals, and principals. These vignettes lessen the isolation that many feel and provide concrete examples of how to deal with the ambiguity generated by beginning to step out of the classroom."---Ronald D. Williamson, professor of leadership and counseling, Eastern Michigan University

"This book is brilliant in its simplicity. The main steps facing the aspiring administrator are made plain. Dale L. Brubaker's writing is in the middle ground between theory and practice, where each informs the other. Misti Williams's contribution is to anchor powerful ideas with her own experiences as well as those of graduate students she leads toward principal certification. It is a coauthorship that works, a gift to us as readers. This book offers guidance that is rarely found in any other source than in a successful personal mentor. It is a highly readable and compact book that is hard to put down because of its engaging content."---Lawrence H. Simon, professor of education, Elon University

"This is the book I should have had when I began my graduate program in educational administration. The authors give me advice as to what I should do next to be successful in the program and as an assistant principal. The book has professional development materials that I can use as a teacher leader in my school. I strongly recommend this book to all graduate students who want to be school administrators and educational leaders who work with these graduate students."---Douglas Clarke, elementary school teacher at Reeths-Puffer Elementary School, Muskegon, Michigan

This is the book I should have had when I began my graduate program in educational administration. The authors give me advice as to what I should do next to be successful in the program and as an assistant principal. The book has professional development materials that I can use as a teacher leader in my school. I strongly recommend this book to all graduate students who want to be school administrators and educational leaders who work with these graduate students.--Douglas Clarke, elementary school teacher at Reeths-Puffer Elementary School, Muskegon, Michigan

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introduction: "A Leap of Faith"p. 1
Now What? Leaving Teaching on a High Note: "One Foot In and One Foot Out"p. 13
Composing a Meaningful Personal Curriculum while Taking Educational Administration Coursesp. 23
Negotiating a Successful Internshipp. 41
Seeking a Position as an Assistant Principalp. 51
First Days on the Job as an Assistant Principalp. 63
Appendixesp. 115
Selecting a School Principal Licensure Programp. 117
The "Table Manners" of Graduate Student Leadership in a Principal Preparation Programp. 119
The Power of Critiquep. 122
Dealing with Contradictions in Principal Preparation Programs and Beyondp. 124
The Joy of Teaching and Leadingp. 126
Working Alone and Working in a Teamp. 127
A Personal Leadership Change and Conservation Inventoryp. 129
Traits of Outstanding Leadersp. 130
Job Interviewing and the Creation of Learning Communitiesp. 132
Conveying a Belief in Self in a Job Interview and Beyondp. 133
What Works and Doesn't Work in Doing Professional Developmentp. 135
Preparing to Give Leadership to Educational Reform Effortsp. 136
How Good (and Comfortable) Are You as a Public Speaker and Listener?p. 139
Guidelines for Going on Televisionp. 141
Sources of Power Available to You as an Educational Leader and Decision Makerp. 143
Some Thoughts on Professional Development Leadershipp. 145
Sample Candidate Resumep. 147
Referencesp. 151
Indexp. 157
About the Authorsp. 167
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ISBN: 9781607097723
ISBN-10: 1607097729
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 13th July 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 15.24  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.3