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Powerful Partnerships
A Handbook for Principals Mentoring Assistant Principals



November 2008 | 144 pages | Corwin
Although assistant principals are key influences in our nation's schools and represent the next generation of school principals, little has been done to address professional development for these administrators. At the local level, assistants often spend their time handling student activities and discipline with little opportunity to exercise more sophisticated leadership. At the state and national levels, the position has not received much attention.

Positioning the partnership between principals and assistant principals as a coaching-based relationship serving the best interests of both students and schools, Powerful Partnerships presents specific tools to help principal/assistant principal teams define and strengthen their significant collaboration and to nurture the development of future school leaders.

Through discussion questions and shared activities, this resource provides opportunities for principals and assistant principals to develop a shared vision for their relationship and school, and to design a plan for communication and professional growth. The author examines aspects of instructional leadership including supervising and supporting teachers, classroom walkthroughs, professional learning communities, and using data for school improvement. Principals and assistant principals are invited to study this book together, addressing critical topics such as:

- leadership as stewardship

- unique leadership challenges involved in working with people

- key instructional leadership responsibilities that are shared by both administrators


 
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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