This book helps you to learn to make the best decisions for your school! Essential to inspiring and improving schools, principals make complex decisions on a daily basis. This invaluable resource offers extensive case studies to explore how expert principals manage crises, navigate tough choices, and support school environments. You will find: problem-solving strategies and cases focused on data analysis and competing stakeholders; easy-to-use checklists, robust reflection questions, and a framework to define your own professional core values; tools to coach and evaluate teachers, and bolster struggling students. A former elementary and secondary school site administrator, the author presents a highly sensible, cohesive, and research-based approach to decision-making that will greatly benefit school principals at any career stage.
Dionne V. McLaughlin, Ed.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at North Carolina Central University. She is a British-born Jamaican educator who is an experienced bilingual high school and elementary school principal. Dr. McLaughlin has experience as a K-12 Director for a voluntary desegregation program in Massachusetts and as the Program Director for a Latino community-based organization. Additionally, she has 11 years of experience teaching, a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and a Master's in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Research interests include: the principalship, Blacks in Latin America, Effective teachers of African American and Latino high school students, and examining the racial context of schools. Recent scholarly works include an NCPEA article on how administrators can improve schools by learning from the experiences of African American and Latino High School Students and a Teacher Education Journal of South Carolina article, "The Cultural Symphony in Schools: Effectively Teaching African American and Latino High School Students." Dr. McLaughlin also has another manuscript in progress for a SAGE book chapter, "New South Realities, Demographics, Cultural Capital, and Diversity" in a Guide on Educational Leadership and Management that will be published in 2015. Dr. McLaughlin has led workshops for teachers, principals and assistant principals on culturally responsive teaching, effective school practices, and making effective leadership decisions.
Preface Acknowledgments About the Author Part I: Factors Expert Principals Consider in Decision Making 1: Weighing Options 2: Recognizing and Connecting to Core Values 3: Considering the Culture Before Introducing Change 4: Examining the Whole Picture Part II: Making Difficult Decisions 5: Decisions About Student Consequences 6: Decisions About Faculty and Staff 7: Decisions About Practices, Policies, and Programs 8: Decisions That Improve African American and Latino Student Achievement References Resources Classroom Walkthrough Form Current Bell Schedule Proposed Bell Schedule Principal Interview Questions Resources List of Tables List of Case Studies Glossary Index
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