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In Navigating the Principalship, James P. Spillane and Rebecca Lowenhaupt look at the major challenges of the principal position, examining how new principals adapt to the role, set an instructional agenda, and build cooperation and collaboration. They focus in particular on the dilemmas that mark the principalship—the inevitable, complicated conflicts that arise from a clash of worthwhile values and resist simple solutions, such as
* Addressing the demands of various internal and external stakeholders,* Accomplishing seemingly limitless tasks in limited time,* Sharing leadership duties while maintaining ultimate responsibility for the school and everyone in it,* Creating a safe space for teaching and learning while building bridges to the outside world, and* Balancing work life and home life.
Based on original research conducted with new principals in an urban environment, and rich with authentic voices discussing real conflicts and proven strategies, this book presents pragmatic ways to manage the most difficult parts of the job. Use it to spark both reflection and action and chart a course for effective, rewarding school leadership.
(ASCD book, 2019) 6" x 9", 128 pages