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Beginning the Assistant Principalship

A Practical Guide for New School Administrators
This resource provides excellent tools to navigate your way, including building a platform, using management skills, building your profile as a leader, and more!

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9780761939924
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2004
  • Page Count: 120
  • Publication date: April 08, 2004

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Establish your goals as an assistant principal!

Effective school leaders are critical to successful schools. Your service as an assistant principal may be one of the most challenging jobs you will ever have. Rarely are you able to predict what you will be doing each day, even from one moment to the next.

John Daresh's Beginning the Assistant Principalship provides you with excellent tools to navigate your way as a new administrator. Full of ideas for you to use in your work, this valuable resource helps you ask yourself the important questions, find answers, and develop strong plans of action. Some significant topics to help you in your new job include:

  • Building a platform
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Carrying out management skills
  • Maintaining balance and perspective
  • Knowing your job
  • Using effective disagreement to your advantage
  • Building your profile as a leader
  • Listening, listening, then listening some more

Whether your intention is to eventually assume the principalship using your current job as a kind of internship, or if you have decided to make the assistant principalship a career, this excellent book considers a wide variety of topics to help you succeed!

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John C. Daresh

John C. Daresh is professor of educational leadership at the University of Texas at El Paso. Over the years, he has held faculty or administrative appointments at the University of Cincinnati, The Ohio State University, the University of Northern Colorado, and Illinois State University. He has also worked as a consultant on high school reform and administrator professional development for universities, state departments of education, national and state professional associations, and individual schools and districts across the United States, and also in Barbados, Canada, France, Holland, Israel, Turkey, South Africa, and Taiwan. By far, the bulk of Daresh’s international service has been in the United Kingdom where he served an advisor and trainer for the School Management Task Force that developed and promoted support programs for beginning headteachers, the National College for School Leadership, the Welsh Office of Education, the North West Network for Diploma Development in Cheshire, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Lincoln, the University of Hull, CREATE Consultancies, and literally dozens of Local Education Authorities and individual schools across England and Wales.

Daresh recently completed three years of service as the lead consultant on principal mentoring programs for the Chicago Public Schools as that megadistrict was faced with the challenge of bringing in mostly inexperienced principals to serve in nearly of the school system’s elementary and high schools.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


About the Author


1. Neither Fish Nor Fowl

Problem with Definition

The Invisibility Factor

So Why Do the Job?

Plan for the Book


Additional Suggested Readings

2. It Begins With Values

Case Study: Because I Believe It's the Right Thing to Do

Building a Platform

What Do You Do With the Platform?

Your Personal Plan


Additional Suggested Readings

3. A Personal Leadership Checklist

Leadership Skills

Another Approach to Leadership Analysis

So What Is Educational Leadership?

Your Personal Plan


Additional Suggested Readings

4. Carrying Out Your Management Skills

Apparent Contradictions

Formal Requirements

Informal Tasks

Throughout the Year

Planning for the School Year

Before the Year Begins

After the Year Starts

Toward the End of the Year

Building a Personal Plan

5. Cool Your Ego

Maintaining Balance and Your Perspective

Talk With Your Principal

Count to Ten ... Again and Again

Closing Thoughts

Summarizing the Chapter

6. Assist the Principal

Know Your Job

Communication is the Key

Developing an Action Plan

Summarizing the Chapter

7. Reflect Before Talking and Acting


Why Not?

Tips for Effective Disagreement

Summarizing the Chapter

8. Listen, Listen ... Then Listen Some More

Listen Before Deciding

Can You Listen Too Much?

A Few Tips

Summarizing the Chapter

9. Ask to do More

Building Your Profile as a Leader

Where Do You Begin?

Volunteering to do More

Summarizing the Chapter

10. Stay Alive Professionally

Read, Read, Read

Summarizing the Chapter

11. Stay Positive

Positive Attitude is a Career Builder

Final Observations


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