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Assistant Principal's Survival Guide. Practical Guidelines and Materials for Managing All Areas of Your Work. J–B Ed: Survival Guides

  • ID: 2216620
  • Book
  • 268 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Written by a school administrator with 22 years′ experience, this unique resource give elementary and secondary educators practical advice, tips, and materials for all areas of the assistant principal′s job, including 40 reproducible letters, forms, and reports that can be used "as is" or be readily adapted to your specific situation.

For easy use, the book is printed in a big 8–1/4" x 10 7/8" spiral–bound format that folds flat for photocopying and organized into ten sections focusing on ten important aspects of the assistant principal′s work. Here′s just a brief overview of the ready–to–use help you′ll find in each section:

The role of the assistant principal give you an overview of the task APs are expected to handle, including a full–page, reproducible Activities Checklist along with brief discussions on how to identify and handle stress, advice on site–based management, and more.

Gathering and communicating information tells how an where to collect, record, maintain, and communicate information useful to you and your students and includes eight reproducible forms and letters such as Weekly Calendar of Events Interruptions Student Progress Report and Form Letter Regarding Student Tardiness.

Creating a safe teaching/learning environment highlights both intellectual and emotional safety, as well as the creation of a safe physical environment with eight reproducible like Authorization to pick up a child Congratulatory/thank you note to staff and Student Registration Form.

School Discipline cautions that the AP should bot be the sole problem solver in school discipline cases since effective discipline comes from policies and procedures well thought out by the entire school staff. Five reproducible forms include Notification of Student Discipline Letter to a Parent Regarding Suspension of a Student Expulsion and Student Withdrawal Form.

Working together shows how to obtain information for the good of students and the school from a variety of sources–students, student council, staff, parents, community, police and other agencies and includes five helpful reproducible, such as Suggestions to help your child become a positive learner Back to School Event and Student Access to the Internet.

Curriculum and the assistant principal provides information for building a master schedule by supplying an extensive month–by–month timetable of items to be considered and includes a reproducible Partial Course Selection Schedule.

Monitoring student progress tells how to establish a monitoring process and considers entries from other schools as well as student evaluation with five reproducible forms such as Student Record...Daily Monitoring of Student Effort and Achievement and Missed Evaluation Report.

Student perspectives features a discussion of student concerns, the impact of friends, contracts, cooperative education, mentoring, and more and offers tem reproducible like Student Permission to Write Own Notes Mentor Application and Profile and Parent Permission for Mentoring.

Assistant principal interactions explores primarily the working relationship of the AP with beginning, substitute, and experienced teachers and provides complete coverage of the evaluation process through 18 reproducible forms such as Substitute Teacher Feedback (separate forms for elementary and high school) Performance Evaluation Criteria Teacher Performance, Growth, and Development.

Legal Issues lists recommendations for avoiding legal problems and considers specifically illness or injury to student or staff, a bomb in the school, violent incidents, and other problem areas, It also includes five reproduces such as Student Behavior at School–sponsored Events Violent Incident Report and Parental permission for Athletic participation.

In short, Assistant Principal′s Survival Guide give you a comprehensive resource and reference for all facets of the AP′s job, strategies for being effective in each area, and a variety of ready–to–use, time–saving tools to make your job easier. And a handy index at the end helps quickly locate the information when you need it.

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About this resource.

Terminology in this resource.


The role of the assistant principal.

Being a leader.

Figure1–1 activities checklist.

Radical, risk taker, or leader?

Identifying and handling stress.

Looking toward the future.

Site–base management.

Enjoying the assistant principal position.


Gathering and communicating information.

Sources of information.

Filing of information.

Oral communication.

The telephone.

Use of the public address system.

Written communication.

Communicating information regarding students.

Figure 2–1 private driver permission form.

Figure 2–2 student trip: parent information and permission.

Figure 2–3 consent to photograph.

Administrative communications.

Calendars of upcoming social events.

Figure 2–4 weekly calendar of events interruptions.

Evaluation schedules.


Reporting student progress to Parent/Guardians.

Figure 2–5 student progress report to parents.

Figure 2–6 student progress report.

Form letters and students.

Figure 2–7 form letter regarding student tardiness.

Figure 2–8 handwritten note to teachers following a student/parent conference.

Conducting conferences of interviews.

Staging the conference.

After the conference.

Role of the AP and guidance in interviewing students with multiple failing subjects.

Communication overload.


Creating a safe teaching/learning environment.

Physical safety.

Figure 3–1 authorization to pick up a child.

Intellectual safety.

Emotional safety.

Developing a good school atmosphere.

Figure 3–2a congratulatory/ thank you note to staff.

Figure 3–2b thank–you note for a staff contribution to the school.

Figure 3–3 congratulatory note to a student.

Students with problems who are likely to disrupt school.

Figure 3–4 student registration from.

Figure 3–5 letter to the student.

Figure 3–6 letter to the student′s parents.

Figure 3–7 letter to the student′s sponsor.

Figure 3–8 handwritten note to teachers.

Minimizing violence in the school.


School discipline.

Education system.



Student tardiness and absence.

Figure 4–1 notification of student discipline.



Figure 4–2 letter to parent/guardian regarding a family vacation.

Therapeutic withdrawal, suspension, and expulsion of students.

Therapeutic withdrawal.



Figure 4–3 letter to a parent regarding suspension of a student.


Students who drop out.

Students who drift out .

Students who make their own decision to leave.

Students who are forced out.

Figure 4–4 student withdrawal form.

Figure 4–5 letter to a student forced to leave school.


Working together.

The community.


Student council.

The police officer.

Parents and the school.

Figure 5–1 suggestions to help your child become a positive learner.

Parent and student groups.

Parents′ night.

Utilizing outside agencies.

Figure 5–2 back to school event.

The school library and the assistant principal.

Figure 5–3 student access to the internet.

Figure 5–4 loan of school equipment.

Figure 5–5 theft or vandalism of student property or school property on loan to a student.


Curriculum and the assistant principal.

Special education.

Curriculum and a master schedule or school timetable.

Building a master schedule or school timetable.

Using a prepared course selection schedule or timetable.

Figure 6–1 partial course selection schedule.


Monitoring student progress.

Establishing a monitoring process.

Figure 7–1 student record.

Figure 7–2 internal progress report.

Figure 7–3 daily monitoring of student effort and achievement.

Entries form other schools.

Figure 7–4 letter to parents/guardians when a student lacks proper prerequisites.

Student evaluation.

Student testing schedules.

Figure 7–5 missed evaluation report.

Student exemption from formal evaluations.


Student perspectives.

The impact of friends.

Student concerns.

The school office.

Contracts with students and form letters.

Students writing their own notes.

Figure 8–1 student permission to write own notes.

Cooperative education.

Student mentoring.

Figure 8–2 mentor application and profile.

Figure 8–3 declaration of intent.

Figure 8–4 driver′s insurance declaration.

Figure 8–5 response of the applicant′s physician.

Figure 8–6 response of the applicant′s employer/supervisor.

Figure 8–7 response of the applicant′s spouse/companion/relative/friend.

Figure 8–8 parent permission for mentoring.

Figure 8–9 protégé/ student application and profile.

Figure 8–10 mentor and protégé pledge.

Alternative programs.


Assistant principal interactions.


Beginning teachers.

Substitute teachers.

Figure 9–1 teacher–initiated request for classes to be covered.

Figure 9–2 lesson instructions for substitute teachers high school.

Figure 9–3 lesson instructions for substitute teachers elementary school.

Teachers experiencing difficulties.

Figure 9–4 substitute teacher feedback high school.

Figure 9–5 substitute teacher feedback elementary school.

Teacher evaluation.


Figure 9–6 cover sheet for performance evaluation criteria.

Figure 9–7 background information and being professional.

Figure 9–8 teacher performance appraisal.

Figure 9–9 criterion knowledge of the subject material and various teaching methodologies.

Figure 9–10 criterion knowledge of the learner.

Figure 9–11 criterion knowledge of the curriculum.

Figure 9–12 criterion knowledge of the learner.

Figure 9–13 criterion knowledge of the organization.

Figure 9–14 criterion skills in planning and preparation.

Figure 9–15 criterion skills in class management.

Figure 9–16 criterion skills in communication.

Figure 9–17 criterion skills in teaching techniques.

Figure 9–18 criterion professional behaviors and memberships.



Legal Issues.

Recommendations for avoiding legal problems.

Figure 10–1 student behavior at school sponsored events.

Some situations involving the assistant principal.

Illness and injury to students or staff.

Inebriated students.

A bomb in the school.


Violent incidents.

Liability insurance.

Figure 10–2 violent incident report.

Figure 10–3 record of suspected child abuse.

School–sponsored programs.

Serving the needs of a divers population.

Figure 10–4 parental permission for athletic participation.

Figure 10–5 medical form for athletic participation.


Glossary of terms.

List of reproducibles.

List of anecdotes.


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Paul R. Simpson
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