The Training and Development of School Principals: A Handbook

The Training and Development of School Principals: A Handbook

The Training and Development of School Principals: A Handbook

The Training and Development of School Principals: A Handbook

Synopsis

The school principalship is one of the most demanding and misunderstood jobs in American education. This professional reference offers practical advice on how to perform that job successfully. The volume overviews the efficient management of resources, the importance of strategic planning, and the legal and business concerns that principals must face. The book also emphasizes the role of the principal as a leader in the educational community.

Excerpt

American education has always been in transition. In the current educational scene, however, there are accelerated changes and conflicting demands that have placed the principal, who is pivotal to the current quality of education and the future of schooling for children and youth, in a highly strategic position. Information is presented in this handbook to assist prospective and practicing principals in managing safe and productive schools; at the same time, the material offered may assist in providing leadership for schools of the future.

The scope of this handbook has been determined in large part by practicing principals in the United States who have demonstrated an ability to lead a school to a level of recognized excellence. More important, the scope of this text has been influenced by the philosophy that the children and youth of our society are our most valuable and precious resource and that to provide them with anything but the best possible education is unconscionable.

In the first chapter, an introduction to the principalship from an historical perspective is given. In the second chapter, the authors have analyzed the traits of an effective principal, and in the third chapter the nature of the work setting for principals is described. Since education is founded on governmental and legal principles, considerations that emerge from the legal parameters of the principalship are discussed in the fourth chapter. The topic of the fifth chapter is the efficient management and use of prime resources, which include the use of time and space, information, and human resources; the principal as a leader is addressed in the sixth chapter. Program development is presented in the seventh chapter, and the management of student services is the subject of the eighth chapter. The management of school activities as a part of the total program of the school is discussed in Chapter 9. Business management from the perspective of the building administrator is presented in Chapter 10. The topic of school . . .

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