The Principal Creative Leadership for Excellence in Schools

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-04-13
  • Publisher: Pearson
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This book is organized around the ELCC Standards and provides a bridge from the theory of school administration to the practical problem solving in which school principals and other leaders engage. The Principalis organized into four parts centered on the seven Educational Leadership Constituent Council Standards developed specifically for school leaders. Each of the four major parts of the book is framed with one or two of the Standards as its major theme. Now in its seventh edition, this book continues to be based on the research indicating linkages between educational leadership and productive schools, especially in terms of outcomes for children. It supports the understanding that formal leadership in schools is a complex, multi-faceted task that requires continual learning and that effective school leaders must be strong educators focused on the central issues of learning, teaching, and school improvement.

Table of Contents


1. The Principal: A Creative Blend of Substance and Style

        Systems Theory

        School: The Context for Leadership

        The Principalship: The Role in Context


2. The Learning Community

        Sociological and Psychological Nature of Groups

        High Performance Organizations


3. Decision Processing and Decision Making at the School Site

        Decision Making: A Perspective

        Decision Settings

        Decision Processing

        Problem Solving

        The Work Group as a Problem Solving Unit

        Problem-Solving Work Groups


4. School Improvement through Systematic Planning

        The Principal's Role

        Gathering Baseline Data

        Determining Vision and Mission

        Clarifying Expectations for Student Learning

        Analysis of Instructional and Organizational Effectiveness

        Action Planning/Project Management

        The Project Calendar: Gantt Charting



5. Creating a Positive Learning Climate

        It Happens in Many Schools

        Positive Student Control

        The School as Culture

        Violence and Disorder

        The Counseling Program

        Student Services

        Principal's Role in Coordination and Articulation


6. The School Curriculum

        The Principal's Role in Curriculum Administration

        Curriculum Analysis

        Curriculum Design and School Improvement

        Curriculum Delivery

        Curriculum Flexibility

        Curriculum Continuity

        Curriculum Balance


 7. Promoting Student Achievement

        Instruction and Learning

        Individual Differences among Children

        School Accountability and Student Achievement

        Grouping Students

        Research on Teaching


8. Special Students and Special Services

        Ethics of Administration

        Administration of Special Education Services

        Disciplining Students with Disabilities

        Dealing with Parents of Special Children

        The Role of a Principal

        The Role of a Regular Classroom Teacher

        Outside Public Agencies


9. Human Resources Development

        Integration of the Individual and Organization

        Individual and Group Needs

        Professional Development

        Personnel Evaluation and Supervision

        The Staff Evaluation Cycle




10. Staffing the School: Recruitment, Selection, and Termination Processes

        Determining Staffing Needs


        The Selection Process

        Employee Probationary Status

        Orientation and Development of New Teachers

        Teacher Tenure

        Involuntary Termination

        Voluntary Termination


11. Restructuring the Deployment of Instructional Personnel


        Professional Learning Communities

        Organizing for Professional Learning Community Development

        Staffing Patterns for Elementary and Middle Schools

        Staffing Patterns for Secondary School

        Learning Community Planning

        The School as a Learning Community


12. Restructuring Time: Scheduling

        Schedule Flexibility

        Schedule Design

        Learning Community Planning Time

        Elementary School Schedules

        Middle School Schedules

        Secondary School Schedules


13.  Fiscal Accounting, Budgeting, and Building Management

        Where Does the Money Come From?

        The Building and Grounds

        The Planning and Budgeting Process

        Implementing a Planning, Programming, Budgeting System

        Accounting for Financial Resources and Expenditures

        Supplies and Equipment Management

        Care of the School Plant

        Working with Classified Personnel


14. Technology Applications for School Management

        National Educational Technology Standards

        Technology Plans

        Technology Culture

        Communication Using Technology

        Cell Phones

        School Information Systems

        Course Management Systems

        Other Administrator Software Applications




 15. The School and the Community

        Hot-Button Issues

        The Community

        The Complex Community

        Informal Community Forces

        Formal Community Forces

        Promising Public Relations Techniques: Dealing with the Formal and Informal Forces

        Getting the Message Out: One-Way Public Relations Techniques

        Getting the Message Out and Back: Two-Way Public Relations Techniques


 16. Legal Rights and Responsibilities of Staff and Students

        Legal Bases for Schools: Federal, State, and Local Perspectives

        Due Process

        First Amendment Rights

        Fourth Amendment Rights

        Sexual Harassment

        Common Tort Liability Settings

        Privacy and Confidentiality of Student Records

        Issues of Equity

        Youth in Poverty (Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act)

        Homeless Youth


Appendix A: Case Studies in School Leadership and Management

Appendix B: Educational Leadership Policy Standards: ISLLC 2008











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