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The Daily Practices of Successful Principals

This grab-and-go guide for busy principals provides a compendium of daily practices used by successful principals based on interviews with school leaders in various settings.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12, Elementary, Secondary
  • ISBN: 9781412959865
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2011
  • Page Count: 192
  • Publication date: November 27, 2012

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A grab-and-go guide for busy principals

While many books outline the attributes of successful school leaders, few describe how those traits manifest in daily practice. The Daily Practices of Successful Principals goes beyond the outward picture of excellence and provides a compendium of daily practices used by successful principals in various settings. Written by former administrators who have walked in your shoes, this handy guide's strategies are based on interviews with successful leaders and are applicable in multiple contexts. Inside you will find guidelines for:

  • Examining your values, educational platform, and personal style
  • Establishing learning as a common purpose
  • Identifying and leading school change
  • Effectively managing staff and student relationships
  • Developing teacher leaders

The authors understand that principals are expected to have the patience of Job, the tenacity of Atlas, the compassion of Mother Teresa, and a sense of humor. The recommended daily practices will help you stay focused on the most important things—leading effectively, promoting student achievement, and making a positive difference in students' lives.

Key features

For each Feature – what is the Feature, and what is the benefit for the principal?

· Offers coaching points and practical strategies that are currently being used by successful principals. The strategies are accompanied by supports that will help readers implement them in their schools.

· Questions for reflection will help readers assess their current practices and design a step-by-step action plan for improvement.

· The book is organized around four essential focus areas for new and veteran principals: Section 1- Personal, Section 2- Managerial, Section 3- Community, and Section 4-Teaching and Learning.



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Barbara L. Brock

Barbara L. Brock is a professor of education at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She has held a variety of positions in education, including education department chair, director of school administration, elementary principal, and K-12 teacher. She presents nationally and internationally on topics of beginning teacher induction, leadership succession, teacher and principal burnout, and educators with disabilities. She is coauthor with Marilyn Grady of Principals in Transition: Tips for Surviving Succession, From First-Year to First-Rate: Principals Guiding New Teachers, Rekindling the Flame: Principals Combating Teacher Burnout, Avoiding Burnout: A Principal’s Guide to Keeping the Fire Alive, and Launching Your First Principalship. She has published in a number of journals, including The Journal of the Mid-Western Research Association, Educational Considerations, Connections, Clearinghouse, and Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice. She received her bachelor of arts degree in art education from Briar Cliff University, a master of arts with a specialty in school administration from Creighton University, and a doctorate in administration, curriculum, and instruction from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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Marilyn L. Grady

Marilyn L. Grady, is professor of educational administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). She is the author or coauthor of 23 books, including From Difficult Teachers to Dynamic Teamwork (2009) with Brock, Getting it Right from the Start (2009) with Kostelnik From First Year to First Rate (2007) with Brock, 194 High-Impact Letters for Busy Principals (2006), 20 Biggest Mistakes Principals Make and How to Avoid Them (2004) and Launching Your First Principalship (2004) with Brock. Her research areas include leadership, the principalship, and superintendent-board relations. She has more than 175 publications to her credit. She is the editor of the Journal of Women in Educational Leadership. Her editorial board service has included Educational Administration Quarterly, International Studies in Educational Administration, International Journal of Learning, Rural Educator, Journal of At-Risk Issues, Journal of School Leadership, Advancing Women in Leadership On-Line Journal, Journal for Rural School and Community Renewal, International Journal of Learning, and Journal for a Just and Caring Education. She is the recipient of the Stanley Brzezinski Research Award, NCPEA’s Living Legend Award, the Donald R. and Mary Lee Swanson Award for Teaching Excellence, UNL’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and UNL’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Status of Women.

Grady coordinates an annual conference on women in educational leadership that attracts national attendance and is in its 24th year. She has been an administrator in K-12 schools as well as at the college and university levels. She received her bachelor’s degree in history from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, and her doctorate in educational administration with a specialty in leadership from The Ohio State University.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


About the Authors


I. Personal

1. Tip 1 Personal Strategies

2. Tip 2 Begin With a Vision

3. Tip 3 Know Yourself; Know How You are Perceived

4. Tip 4 Resonate Confidence

5. Tip 5 Master Your Emotions

6. Tip 6 Maintain a Work-Life Perspective that Sustains Your Well-Being

II. Operational

7. Tip 7 Fan Flames of Positive Deviance

8. Tip 8 Improve Education from the Inside: Empower Teachers

9. Tip 9 Hire the Best and Maximize their Talents

10. Tip 10 Use a Team Approach: Think WE Instead of I

11. Tip 11 Honor the Role of the Classroom Teachers

12. Tip 12 Do the Right Things—Be Accountable

III. School Community

13. Tip 13 Create Trusting Relationships

14. Tip 14 Context Matters: Adjust your Leadership to School Population

IV. Teaching and Learning

15. Tip 15 Establish Learning as a Common Purpose

16. Tip 16 Be a Leader of Teaching and Learning

17. Tip 17 Link Professional Development with Teaching and Learning

18. Tip 18 Invest Time in Developing Teacher Leaders

19. Tip 19 Reflect on Your Success




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