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The Quick-Reference Handbook for School Leaders
A Practical Guide for Principals

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May 2005 | 328 pages | Corwin
The Quick-Reference Handbook for School Leaders is a practical guide that provides an answer to the questions 'Where do I start?' and 'Where do I look for direction?'

Written in an easy-to-read, bulleted format, the handbook is an excellent resource for all headteachers, deputy heads and other members of the school management team. The book is organized around five key sections, each including brief overviews, checklists, and suggestions for further reading.

-Organization and Management - the role of the headteacher, negligence and liability, media relations, managing conflict and difficult people, effective meetings, resource management, records and information, facility management

-Teaching and Learning - school programs, learning communities, special education, supervision and evaluation, staff development, unions, celebrating success

-Behaviour and Discipline - safe schools, code of conduct, supervision and expulsion, search and seizure, police procedures

-Health and Safety - reporting child abuse, occupational health and safety, emergency preparation, medical needs, health and safety resources

-Looking After Yourself - professional development, wellness, and balance

Including words of wisdom from first-year headteachers, and voices of experience from over 60 experienced primary and secondary headteachers, this reference book will be used over and over again - make sure you keep it close by!


 
Introduction
 
Part I. Organization and Management
 
1. The Role of the Principal
Duties and Responsibilities: An Overview

 
The Principal's Role

 
Additional Roles and Skills: A Quick Overview

 
Your Personal Vision of Your Role as Principal

 
The Role of the Principal as Defined

 
 
2. Legal Framework
Hierarchical Legislative Framework: An Overview

 
 
3. Negligence and Liability
First Steps to Reduce Risk

 
Negligence: An Overview of the Concepts and Issues

 
Duty to Provide Adequate Supervision of Pupils

 
 
4. Management Skills
Managerial Excellence and School Leadership: An Overview

 
Time Management

 
Delegation

 
Visibility: Management by Walking Around

 
 
5. Communication
Communication Tips and Checklists

 
Written Communication

 
School Newsletters

 
School Communication Plan

 
 
6. Public and Media Relations
Building a Public Relations Program for Your School

 
Tips for Writing a News Release

 
Tips for Giving Media Interviews

 
 
7. Managing Conflict and Difficult People
Reacting to Conflict

 
Conflict Resolution: An Overview

 
Dealing With Difficult People and Complaints

 
Relationships With Parents

 
 
8. Effective Meetings
Before the Meeting

 
During the Meeting

 
After the Meeting

 
 
9. Records and Information Management
Getting Started

 
Confidentiality and Disclosure

 
Student Records

 
Legislation Regarding Records and Information Management

 
 
10. Budget and Resource Management
School Budget: An Overview

 
Local Financial Responsibility (Protecting Yourself)

 
Board-Wide Impact (Protecting the District School Board)

 
Tips Regarding Budget and Resource Management

 
 
11. Technology
Getting Started

 
Technology and School Administration

 
Technology and the Curriculum

 
Building Your School Technology Plan

 
 
12. School Advisory Groups
Preparing to Work With Your School Advisory Group

 
Working With Your School Advisory Group

 
School Advisory Groups and the Role of the Principal

 
Effective School Advisory Groups

 
 
13. School Organization and Scheduling
Getting Started

 
An Overview

 
Implementation Challenges

 
Models for School Organization and Scheduling

 
 
Part II. Teaching and Learning
 
14. School Programs
Getting Started

 
Curriculum Implementation

 
Student Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting

 
 
15. Special Education and English As a Second Language
Special Education: Getting Started

 
Roles and Responsibilities of the Principal

 
Referral Routines

 
ESL and ESOL: Getting Started

 
 
16. Data Driven School Improvement
Getting Started

 
Effective School Improvement Planning

 
 
17. Staff Supervision and Performance Appraisal
Getting Started

 
Supervision of Vice-Principals

 
State Standards for Teacher Performance Appraisal

 
Teacher Supervision and Performance Appraisal

 
 
18. Teaching Staff: Selection and Development
Teaching Staff Selection: Getting Started

 
Interviewing and Hiring

 
Teaching Staff Development: Getting Started

 
Professional Learning

 
Working With Beginning Teachers

 
 
19. Professional Relations
Working With the Unions in Your School

 
Collective Agreements and Grievances

 
 
20. Celebrating Success
Getting Started

 
Creating an Environment for Success

 
Sharing Success

 
Negative Environments

 
 
Part III. Behavior and Discipline
 
21. Student Behavior and Discipline in the School
Getting Started

 
District Policies and Procedures: An Overview

 
Behavior Codes

 
Access to School Premises

 
 
22. Student Behavior and Outside Agencies
Police/School Protocol

 
Search and Seizure

 
The Young Offender

 
School Attendance

 
 
Part IV. Health and Safety
 
23. Protecting Our Students
Getting Started

 
Issues Concerning At-Risk Children and Youth

 
 
24. Occupational Health and Safety
Getting Started

 
Duties of the Principal

 
Conducting a School Safety Inspection

 
Developing Occupational Health and Safety Procedures

 
 
25. Emergency Preparedness
Getting Started

 
Preventive Measures

 
Reactive Strategies

 
Follow-Up and Evaluation

 
 
26. Student Medical Needs
Getting Started

 
Responding to Specific Situations

 
Other Health Issues

 
A Comprehensive School Health Program

 
 
Part V. Looking After Yourself
 
27. Professional Learning and Personal Well-Being
An Overview: Professional Learning

 
Professional Reading

 
Personal Well-Being

 
 
28. Support for School Leaders
What to Do When You Need Help

 
When to Call Your Professional Association for Assistance

 
 
Appendices and Resources
Appendix A. Entry Plans

 
Appendix B. Principals' Routines

 
Appendix C. Regular Monthly Activities for Principals

 
Appendix D. Getting the School Year Started: Checklists for July, August and September

 
Appendix E. Professional Conferences: A List of Web Sites

 
Appendix F. Words of Wisdom: Advice From Beginning Principals

 
Appendix G. School Activities and Field Trips

 
 
Resources
 
References
 
Index
Key features
  • Icons throughout the book indicate Checklists, Overviews, Tips, Suggestions for Getting Started, and Further Reading
  • Pedagogy includes At A Glance boxes, Pull Quote boxes, and Voices of Experience boxes
  • Appendices include Entry Plans, Monthly Activities, Checklists for starting the school year, Professional Conferences, Legal Articles, Words of Wisdom from the field, School Activities, and Field Trips.
  • Resources include relevant book lists, websites, and journals

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 1: The Role of the Principal


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