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Powerful Partnerships
A Handbook for Principals Mentoring Assistant Principals



November 2008 | 144 pages | Corwin

Leadership Solutions

"This much-needed handbook is an excellent resource for principals and assistant principals as they face the challenges of school improvement together. The exercises focus school leaders on building their collective strengths, expanding their learning opportunities, providing schools with strong succession plans, and enabling leadership teams to address differences while building the capacity for effective teamwork."
—Sandra J. Stein, Chief Executive Officer
NYC Leadership Academy

Nurture the development of future school leaders through effective principal–assistant principal partnerships!

Assistant principals represent the next generation of school principals, so it is critical that schools and districts address the professional development of these key administrators. In this essential resource, Gary Bloom and Martin L. Krovetz demonstrate how principals and assistant principals can use their collaborative relationships to prepare assistant principals for future leadership roles.

This resource views the partnership between principals and assistant principals as a coaching-based relationship that benefits students and schools. Through this apprenticeship approach, assistant principals receive the mentoring and support they need to become tomorrow's school leaders, and principals benefit from a more effective leadership team. The authors offer discussion questions, activities for the assistant principal, and shared activities that help principals and their assistants to:

  • Develop a shared vision for their relationship and their school
  • Design a plan for communication and professional development
  • Build assistants' skills in school management, instructional leadership, and personnel management

Addressing a critical yet frequently neglected topic, Powerful Partnerships helps principals mentor assistant principals, promote their professional development, and prepare them for challenging new positions in the future!


 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
Part 1. Building a Powerful Partnership
 
1. A Coaching-Based Relationship
 
2. Building and Communicating a Shared Vision
 
3. You Need to Meet
 
4. The Leader-Follower Relationship
 
5. Building an Apprenticeship Plan
 
Part 2. The Managerial Basics
 
1. Time Management
 
2. Delegation
 
3. Student Discipline
 
4. Student Activities
 
5. Site Budget Management
 
6. Enrollment Projections
 
7. Building the Master Schedule
 
Part 3. Working With People
 
1. School Culture and Climate
 
2. Recognition
 
3. Classified Staff
 
4. Difficult Conversations
 
5. Effective Meetings
 
6. Decision Making and Problem Solving
 
7. Communications and Public Information
 
8. Community Engagement
 
9. Dealing With Difficult Parents
 
Part 4. Instructional Leadership
 
1. Professional Reading
 
2. Supervising and Supporting Teachers
 
3. Classroom Walkthroughs
 
4. Professional Learning Communities
 
5. Using Student Data to Improve Teaching and Learning
 
6. School Planning Processes
 
7. Professional Development Planning
 
Epilogue
 
Bibliography
 
Index

"Relationships are the foundations of successful organizations. Bloom and Krovetz have made public one of the most important and normally overlooked teams. Creating and sustaining this partnership is essential to student and organizational learning."

William A. Sommers, Past President
National Staff Development Council

"This much-needed handbook is an excellent resource for principals and assistant principals as they face the challenges of school improvement together. The exercises focus school leaders on building their collective strengths, expanding their learning opportunities, providing schools with strong succession plans, and enabling leadership teams to address differences while building the capacity for effective teamwork."

Sandra J. Stein, Chief Executive Officer
NYC Leadership Academy

"These authors, having been principals and assistant principals themselves, know exactly what they are talking about. Step by step, they take the reader on a narrative walk-through of the principalship, presenting engaging stories, practical tools, and dynamic activities. The authors address both the internal and external relationships of the principalship and cover all the ingredients necessary to build a strong mentoring relationship between principal and assistant principal."

Lois J. Zachary, President
Leadership Development Services LLC
Key features
  • Addresses a frequently-neglected, albeit critical topic: mentoring and coaching assistant principals to prepare them for challenging new positions.
  • Views the relationships between principals and their assistants as coaching-based apprenticeships built upon firm commitments of collaboration and mutual support. 
  • Designed as a true work text: the authors have included the following elements for each of the major areas of topic coverage: discussion questions, shared activities, activities for the assistant principal, and tools.
  • Investigates critical aspects of instructional leadership including supervising and supporting teachers, classroom walkthroughs, professional learning communities, and using data for school improvement.

 

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