Principals must be knowledgeable about students, curriculum, teacher performance, and the community that they serve while at the same time, able to manage a myriad of daily activities. Often times, management activities predominate and take time away from leadership leaving little time for principals to engage in reflective thinking and proactive planning. Learning to Lead provides ten ideas essential to effective school leadership, which are illustrated in the individual and collective traits and qualities of the principal. This book will inspire and encourage school leaders to reflect on their work; to look beneath the surface of what they do to examine what really matters; and to fine-tune their practice to build their capacity to truly make a difference in schools. It will be of interest to anyone with an interest in the principalship.
Michael Chirichello was a teacher, principal, and superintendent for 30 years. He is the chair of the Department of Educational Leadership at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey where he works with aspiring and experienced school leaders. Nancy Richmond has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, vice principal, and principal. She is a senior educational consultant for the Center for Evidence-Based Education in Princeton, New Jersey.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Colorful Dreams: Creating Your Vision Chapter 3 Life in the Kennel: Building Trusting Relationships Chapter 4 The Hen and the Geese: Highly Effective Teams Chapter 5 The Patient Gardener: Nurturing Potential Chapter 6 A Dress for the Duchess: Leaders as Risk Takers Chapter 7 Stay in the City: Change or Transition? Chapter 8 The Storm: Leading in a Crisis Chapter 9 Throwing Out the Cookie Cutter: Respecting and Valuing Differences Chapter 10 Winning With Wisdom Chapter 11 Looking Into the Mirror: Finding My Voice Chapter 12 Appendix A: The Standards for School Leaders