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Passing the Principal TExES Exam
Keys to Certification and School Leadership

Second Edition

Foreword by Diane Patrick, Ph.D., Texas State House of Representatives, District 94, Arlington



© 2013 | 192 pages | Corwin

Your guide to acing the TExEs exam

This best-selling handbook is the definitive resource for prospective principals who want to boost student performance and demonstrate outstanding school leadership. Elaine L. Wilmore has thoroughly updated her popular guide to match the completely revamped TExES exam.

Aspiring principals throughout the country will find a treasury of information about the domains and competencies of successful school leadership, plus numerous test-taking techniques presented in an easy-to-read style. Wilmore details

  • The leadership philosophy on which TExES is constructed
  • A sample test as well as a general map of the test, including important areas to focus on
  • Real-life examples and applications integrated into each competency
  • What to do in the weeks, days, and even the night before the test
  • An extensive list of additional resources to supplement each domain

Passing the Principal TExES Exam explains how to prepare for the TExES and inspires principals to change the world, one school at a time.

“As a college professor, I am always looking for affordable, up-to-date materials that are valuable resources for my students. This book is always at the top of my recommendation list! It is the most practical resource on the market, and it provides readers with a firm foundation.”
—Amy Burkman, Associate Professor
American Public University

“Wilmore's book is our go-to reference when working with students who are studying for the TExES Exam. The book is written in language that is easy for students to understand and the strategies presented are very clear and easy to follow."
—Jerry Lowe, Professor of Education Leadership
University of Texas Pan American

 
Foreword
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Section I Content: The Knowledge Base
 
1. Welcome!
Basic Concepts  
Leadership: A Skill or and Art?  
Getting Started  
 
Section II Philosophy: The Theoretical Framework
 
2. Standing on the Promises
Global Overview of TExES Domains  
Key Concepts  
Guess My Favorites  
The Ideal Principal  
Pretend  
Important Recurring Themes and Concepts: The Sherry’s  
The Three Domains  
Domain I: School Community Leadership  
Domain II: Instructional Leadership  
Domain III: Administrative Leadership  
 
3. Learner-Centered Leadership and Campus Culture
Domain I: School Community Leadership  
Domain Key Concepts: Culture, Climate, Vision  
Competency 001  
The Principal Knows How To . . .  
Guess My Favorites  
Important Points to Remember  
 
4. Learner-Centered Communication and Community Relations
Domain I: School Community Leadership  
Domain Key Concepts: Culture, Climate, Vision  
Competency 002  
The Principal Knows How To . . .  
Guess My Favorite  
Important Points to Remember  
 
5. Learner-Centered Values and Ethics of Leadership
Domain I: School Community Leadership  
Domain Key Concepts: Culture, Climate, Vision  
Competency 003  
The Principal Knows How To . . .  
Guess My Favorites  
Important Points to Remember  
 
6. Learner-Centered Curriculum Planning and Development
Domain II: Instructional Leadership  
Domain Key Concepts: Curriculum, Instruction, Staff Development  
Competency 004  
The Principal Knows How To . . .  
Guess My Favorite  
Important Points to Remember  
 
7. Learner-Centered Instructional Leadership and Management
Domain II: Instructional Leadership  
Domain Key Concepts: Curriculum, Instruction, Staff Development  
Competency 005  
The Principal Knows How To . . .  
Guess My Favorites  
Important Points to Remember  
 
8. Human Resources Leadership and Management
Domain II: Instructional Leadership  
Domain Key Concepts: Curriculum, Instruction, Staff Development  
Competency 006  
The Principal Knows How To . . .  
Guess My Favorite  
Important Points to Remember  
 
9. Learner-Centered Organizational Leadership and Management
Domain II: Instructional Leadership  
Domain Key Concepts: Curriculum, Instruction, Staff Development  
Competency 007  
The Principal Knows How To . . .  
Guess My Favorite  
Important Points to Remember  
 
10. The Business and Technology of School Leadership and Management
Domain III: Administrative Leadership  
Domain Key Concepts: Finance, Facilities, Safety  
Competency 008  
The Principal Knows How To . . .  
Guess My Favorite  
Important Points to Remember  
 
11. The Physical Plant and Support Systems
Domain III: Administrative Leadership  
Domain Key Concepts: Finance, Facilities, Safety  
Competency 009  
The Principal Knows How To . . .  
Guess My Favorite  
Important Points to Remember  
 
Part III The Real Deal: Practical Application
 
12. No Data Left Behind
Data Analysis Simplified  
How to Read and Interpret Standardized Tests  
The Big Surprise  
How to Read and Interpret an “Academic Excellence Indicator System” Report  
Section I of an AEIS Report  
Section II of an AEIS Report  
Summary  
 
13. Test-Taking Strategies: Now Listen to Me Here…
The Dot Game: Psychological and Time Management  
The Dog and Star Game: Making Good Choices  
Multiple Multiples  
“The Process:” Do This for Multiple- Multiple Questions  
Key Words and Themes  
The Ideal Principal  
Summary  
 
14. Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way: Creating a Personal Success Plan
Tips for Repeat Test Takers  
Tips for Out-of-State Future Texas Principals  
Mantras  
From Now Until Test-Taking Week  
The Week of the Test  
The Night Before the Test  
The Morning of the Test  
After the Test  
 
15. That’s What I’m Talking About
 
References
 
Suggested Additional Resources
Domain I: School Community Leadership  
Domain II: Instructional Leadership  
Domain III: Administrative Leadership  
 
Index

"Elaine Wilmore has done it again with this updated second edition of her phenomenal book. Here is a guide that is at once comprehensive and specific in its focus; as broad as a sunbeam and as detailed as a laser beam. For the serious educator, it doesn't get any more helpful than this."

Tom Parks, Associate Dean and Professor
University of Texas Permian Basin

"Dr. Wilmore's book is our go-to reference when working with students who are studying for the TExES Exam. The clear and effective strategies and insights have undoubtedly helped increase our TExES Exam pass rate. The book is written in language that is easy for students to understand and the strategies presented are very clear and easy to follow. Dr. Wilmore has surely provided a rich resource for all of us involved in the preparation of school principals."

Jerry Lowe, Professor of Education Leadership
University of Texas Pan American

"Wilmore's book looks like another winner. The addition of new material that reflects today's high standards in education make this book a necessary volume in any aspiring administrator's professional library. It's a great tool for anyone preparing for the TExES exam."

Annette A. Perez, Campus Liaison
Education Service Center Region 12

"Dr. Wilmore writes in a clear, conversational tone that engages you in school leadership. As you read, it is almost as if you are drawn into a conversation in which you can hear the voice of this expert in the field."

Denny Dowd, Vice President of Graduate and Corporate Affairs
Dallas Baptist University

"Our principal passing rate for this school year was 94.4% in large part due to the useful strategies outlined in Elaine Wilmore's book. Our students are blessed to be able to have such a reliable tool at their disposal to ensure their success on the state required exam and in the field of education. Bottom line, I strongly recommend her book to any and all institutions offering Principal Certification."

Arthur L. Petterway, Assistant Professor
Prairie View A&M University

"I have used Dr. Wilmore's book with over 200 graduate students who were completing their degree in Educational Administration in Texas. The students found the book to give practical information and specific examples of the competencies of educational leaders. This knowledge assisted the students to learn through real-life situations information they needed to know in order to pass the certification examination. All of these students were successful in meeting the requirements to be an administrator for all levels in the schools in Texas. I feel that any student in any state could study this book and pass certification tests required in any state in the union."

Linda N. Townzen, Educational Diagnostician, Department of Special Education
Arlington Independent School District, TX

"As a college professor I am always looking for affordable, up-to-date materials that are valuable resources for my students. This book is always at the top of my recommendation list! It is the most practical resource on the market, and it provides readers with a firm foundation."

Amy Burkman, Associate Professor
American Public University

The new edition of Dr. Elaine Wilmore's text is absolutely outstanding. "Passing the Principal TExES Exam" will be of tremendous value to those aspring to be principals in Texas.

William Allan Kritsonis, PhD
Prairie View A&M University

Our Education Administration students have been using Dr. Wilmore's books for years. With the publishing of this one, we are convinced that this is the book of choice for ALL of our ADMN courses! It has exceeded our greatest expectations! To Dr. Elaine Wilmore, we leave you with these words: "G-O-O-D J-O-B! GOOD JOB! GOOD JOB!

Dr. Wilmore and her book, Passing the Principal TExES Exam, is a blessing to ALL of our students and their success on the Principal TExES Exam.

Arthur L. Petterway, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Whitlowe R. Green College of Education
Prairie View A&M University

Dr Arthur Petterway
College Of Education, Prairie View A & M University
March 17, 2015
Key features

This second edition of Passing the Principal TEXeS Exam continues to be based on domains and competencies provided through Texas law (19 Texas Administrative Code Chapter 241.15) and developed by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and the success of the original edition . It is written based on the years of experience the author has as a teacher, counselor, principal, professor, and school board member and providing popular, successful, and inspiring TexES preparation seminars at universities, regional service centers, and other training sites around the state. In addition, this updated version also includes updates to the TexES Exam and additional test-taking strategies developed since the original printing.

Part I provides the global overview, tools, and format of the book. Part II provides the philosophy and theoretical framework for TexES success. It details the Texas domains, competencies, and leadership philosophy on which TexES is constructed. Each of Part II's ten chapters details a specific competency in a down-to-earth, interesting manner using real-life stories for practical application while engaging the reader and connecting theory to practice. Each chapter has the details necessary for proactive school leadership and TexES success, and the book closes with an extensive list of additional resources to supplement each domain. Section III ties the philosophy of TexES to other important test-taking concepts and techniques such as how to read and analyze data, manage time while testing, and use specific strategies to discern correct answers. It includes information about how to create an individualized personal success plan, how to prepare for the TexES, and what to do in the weeks, days, and night before the test. The book concludes with a mini-test of applicable decision sets so readers can practice their skills.

Passing the Principal TexES Examination: Keys to Certification and School Leadership is a valued asset for current administrators seeking to refine, refocus, and develop their learner-centered leadership skills as well as helping aspiring administrators pass the TexES examination. With a proven record of success, the book will not only provide a solid theoretical framework for school leadership, it will make learning fun and inspire greatness. Readers will enjoy the book, be ready to pass the TexES Exam, and then to change the world—one school at a time.


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