The Principal. Three Keys to Maximizing Impact

  • ID: 2638466
  • Book
  • 192 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Praise for The Principal

"At a time when the role of school leader is simultaneously vital to the success of teachers and students and yet at its most complex, Fullan offers a new view. In the way that only Fullan can sensibly, with slight irreverence, and ahead of the curve he challenges us to think about the principalship as not only ′realistically doable,′ but scalable: music to those of us who want to see students perform to greater heights and teachers given the support they need to be their best."
Vicki Phillips, Director of Education, College Ready, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

"Principals are being called upon to serve as instructional leaders who supervise and evaluate teachers into better performance, one at a time. Fullan reveals this strategy for what it is ′a bloody disaster.′ He redefines the principalship and provides the specific, high–leverage steps leaders can take to improve their schools. This should be required reading for all principals and those interested in improving education."
Richard DuFour, education author and consultant

"Fullan has done it again! The Principal has reignited my passion for education the way the What′s Worth Fighting For trilogy did twenty–five years ago. This book takes the principal into a wonderful new space with insights and tools to lead learning never more crucial than now."
Avis Glaze, Edu–quest International Incorporated; former Chief Student Achievement Officer of Ontario

"Fullan challenges the status quo and opens up a new and exciting future by systematically laying out what truly effective principals should do to have maximum impact on learning, and on the system as a whole."
Margery Evans, chief executive officer, Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, Melbourne

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Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

About the Author xv

CHAPTER ONE: Outmoded 1

Gasp! 6

Leading Learning 8

Maximizing Impact 9

This Watershed Moment 10

The Chapters That Follow 13

Still Worth a Struggle 14

CHAPTER TWO: Vices and Virtues 17

Panic Time? 21

Four Wrong Choices for Driving Policy 22

Too Broad, Too Narrow: The Transformative Versus Instructional Leader 38

Principal Autonomy and Micromanaging:

Other Roadside Attractions 42

Time to Retune 46

CHAPTER THREE: The First Key Leading Learning 51

What Key Research Tells Us 56

Professional Capital a Framework for Leading Learning 67

Foster and Integrate 86

The More Powerful Way 88

CHAPTER FOUR: The Second Key Being a District and System Player 93

Looking Out to Improve Within 98

Intradistrict Development 100

Beyond the District 107

Not You Alone 115

CHAPTER FIVE: The Third Key Becoming a Change Agent 119

Change Agency 124

Distorted Mirrors 135

CHAPTER SIX: The Future Is Now 141

The Unplanned Digital Revolution 145

Planned Change: Common Core State Standards 154

Time to Change Careers? Or to Change Gears? 157

A Final Word 160

References 161

Index 169

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Michael Fullan, Order of Canada, is a professor emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. He consults with leaders of education systems worldwide and is the award–winning author of more than thirty books, including Leading in a Culture of Change, The Six Secrets of Change, and Change Leader. To learn more, visit [external URL]

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