A leader's position can be a lonely one even in the best of times. A school leader faces many challenges -some of them daunting. Principals and other school leaders benefit from good mentors, but now that many established principals are reaching retirement age a good mentor may be hard to find. What They Never Told Me in Principals School attempts to fill the gap left by an absence of mentors. Drawing upon his many personal experiences as a principal in urban, suburban and rural schools in the USA as well as his work in a variety of international schools, Mike Connolly shares with leaders what they need to know in order to develop, be successful and feel fulfilled in the important work of educating the students of the next generations.
Mike Connolly has worked as a high school, middle school, and upper elementary school principal in urban, suburban, and rural school districts in the United States and in prestigious international schools in Thailand, Costa Rica, the Netherlands, and Vietnam.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 3 The Principal's Toolbox Chapter 4 Are You Listening or Only Hearing Chapter 5 Time Out for Reflection Chapter 6 Principals Need to Stay Focused Chapter 7 Aylmer's Mistake and the Process of School Change Chapter 8 It's Time to Discipline School Reform Chapter 9 Harried Principals Aren't Helpful Principals Chapter 10 So You're the Principal; Well What have You Done for Yourself Today? Chapter 11 They Never Told Me That in Principal's School Chapter 12 A Reality Check for a New School Leader Chapter 13 "Say Something Nice to Me": Dealing with the Chronically Cranky Chapter 14 Principals Must Avoid Doggy Behavior Chapter 15 The Courage of Educational Leaders Chapter 16 A Principal Must Protect the Social Ecology of the School Chapter 17 When Will We Ever Learn? Chapter 18 Discipline Isn't a Dirty Word Chapter 19 Seek the Story Within: Interviews That Reveal the Heart of a Teacher Chapter 20 What a Revolting Development This Is: The Homework Rebellion Chapter 21 How Do You Spell Friendship?: The Intergenerational Spelling Bee Chapter 22 Educators' Responsibility for Creating a Public Chapter 23 Should Schools Offer Parent Training? Chapter 24 Musings Chapter 25 We Are the Lucky Ones