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Beginning the Assistant Principalship

Beginning the Assistant Principalship
A Practical Guide for New School Administrators

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April 2004 | 120 pages | Corwin

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!

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  
Key features


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Chapter 1: Neither Fish nor Fowl

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