The New Principal's Fieldbook: Strategies for Success

The New Principal's Fieldbook: Strategies for Success

The New Principal's Fieldbook: Strategies for Success

The New Principal's Fieldbook: Strategies for Success

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On my first day of school as a new principal, I arrived early only to discover that the bells, which had been turned off all summer, weren't calibrated. And the custodian was absent! I realized that in all my years of preparation for the principalship, nothing had prepared me for this. Fortunately, the secretary knew how to program the bells. Right away I realized I would have to depend on others, as well as myself.

Despite having read dozens of books on leadership, having spent hundreds of hours in the classroom, and having been selected as the most qualified candidate for the position, often principals find themselves unprepared for the twists and turns on the leadership path. While calibrating bells may not seem a significant piece of content for an administrative class, bells ringing intermittently in the schoolhouse and interrupting precious instructional time can become a significant obstacle in realizing a vision of student learning.

This situation also reminds one of the subtle complexities of the principalship in action. A seemingly managerial task . . .

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