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Best Practices of Award-Winning Secondary School Principals

Best Practices of Award-Winning Secondary School Principals

Foreword by Gerald N. Tirozzi, Executive Director, National Association of Secondary School Principals

May 2006 | 256 pages | Corwin

Learn successful practices from the "best of the best" to become an exemplary secondary school principal!

Using recent survey results from 34 award-winning NCLB blue-ribbon secondary principals across the nation, author Sandra Harris examines over 100 of their best field-based practices to help school leaders everywhere succeed in making their schools the best that they can be. The chapters in this unique collection are organized around six themes to help secondary school principals learn from their peers successful strategies centered on leadership, shaping campus culture, communicating for collaboration, curriculum and instruction, school improvement plans, and personalizing the learning environment. Aspiring, new, and veteran secondary principals will benefit from:

  • Descriptions of best practices and ideas for implementing them
  • Recommended reading list for effective principals
  • Reflection and insight from successful principals
  • Additional resources to further extend best practices

This invaluable resource covers the most current research, ideas, and strategies to help secondary principals become exemplary school leaders and create a thriving school environment

Foreword by Gerald N. Tirozzi
About the Author
About the Contributors
1. Leadership
Leadership Actions That Build Exemplary Schools  
Leadership: Tim's Top 10 Tips  
Two Essential Leadership Qualities  
Good Leaders Ask Good Questions  
Leadership Best Practices: In Retrospect  
Leadership Reflection  
Additional Resources  
2. Shaping Campus Culture
Trust Is the Foundation  
Team Thornton  
Influencing the School Culture  
Shaping a Demographically Changing High School  
Theme-Based Education: The High School's Mantra  
Developing a Professional Learning Community  
Shaping Through Professional Development  
It Takes a Village  
Guaranteeing a Better Future for the Entire Community  
Shaping a Culture of Leadership in a Rural School  
Three Ways to Improve Student Achievement  
School Vision and Strategic Planning Are Exciting  
Golden Opportunities  
Shaping Campus Culture Reflection  
Additional Resources  
3. Communicating for Collaboration
Communicating for Collaboration With Faculty and Other Educators  
Communicating for Collaboration With Students, Parents, and the Larger Community  
Communicating for Collaboration Reflection  
Additional Resources  
4. Curriculum and Instruction
Build Curricula to Fit Student Needs  
Closing the Achievement Gap  
Standards-Based Curriculum  
Supporting Standards-Based Programs  
Challenging Curricula  
Freshman Induction and Looping Improve Performance  
Looping Aids Accountability  
Team Looping Shares Responsibility  
The Role of Technical Arts  
CRISS-CROSS Professional Development  
Different Instructional Methods Improve Learning  
Differentiated Instruction Opportunities  
Academic Celebrations  
It's Not Your Mom's Detention Anymore: A Study on the Effectiveness of Walking for Fitness as an Alternative to Traditional Afterschool Detention  
Curriculum and Instructional Programs Reflection  
Additional Resources  
5. School Improvement Plans
School Improvement Improves Us All  
What I Wish I Had Done Differently  
Everyone Is Accountable for All  
TEAMS Target Improved Student Learning  
Using Breaking Ranks II for School Improvement  
New Teacher Mentoring Program  
How We Use Data Assessment  
Using Assessment Data  
The School Improvement Plan as a Living Document  
Improving Academic Rigor  
Five-Minute Classroom Walk-Through  
Teacher Observations  
Know Your Facility Better Than Anyone  
Nurturing and Sustaining Best Practices for School Improvement  
School Improvement Plans Reflection  
Additional Resources  
6. Personalizing the Learning Environment for All
What Is and What Ought to Be  
A Welcoming Environment  
What Every Principal Needs to Know About Students  
Building-Based Intervention Team  
Providing Individual Attention for At-Risk Students  
Freshmen Transition Program - A Bridge to High School  
Transition Class  
Strategies for a Low-Performing High School  
ESL Students and Reading  
Find an Advocate  
Improving Reading Skills  
Individualized Graduation Plan  
Double Promoting Students  
Personalizing the Learning Environment for All Reflection  
Additional Resources  
7. Words of Wisdom
Words of Wisdom Reflection  
8. Recommended Reading List
Recommended Reading List Reflection  
9. Conclusion
We, Not Me  
Sharing a Vision  
Empower Others  
Balancing Life as a Leader  
. . . And Don't Forget  
Leadership in Retrospect  
People Are Always First  
Treat Others As You Want to Be Treated  
Re-Establishing Campus Culture  
February Fun  
Commit to Collaboration  
A Commitment to the Team  
Listen and Be Safe  
Communicating a Collective Vision  
Student Academic Achievement Plan  
Sustaining School Improvement  
People, Not Programs  
Students, Not Schools  
A Force for Good  
Key features
  • Descriptions of best practices and ideas for implementing them
  • Recommended reading list for effective principals
  • Reflection and insight from successful principals
  • Additionalresources to further extend best practices
  • Sample Materials & Chapters



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