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Effective Principals: Positive Principles at Work

Effective Principals: Positive Principles at Work

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By (author) Donald O. Clifton, By (author) James O'Hanlon

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  • Publisher: ScarecrowEducation
  • Format: Paperback | 86 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 224mm x 13mm | 113g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Lanham
  • ISBN 10: 1578861322
  • ISBN 13: 9781578861323
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

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Read and learn as James O'Hanlon and Donald Clifton describe how elementary and secondary principals, identified as outstanding, carry out their work. According to the authors, these principals resemble highly effective managers in business in their adherence to the tenets of positive psychology. While the position of principal is highly demanding, the stimulation of the work involved, accounts for much of their success. Their competitiveness makes them want their schools to be the best, and to them, each day is an opportunity to achieve that goal. Their optimism and reflective nature enables them to turn potentially negative situations in positive directions. Celebrating is both a way to teach desired behaviors and to create a positive work environment. They put attention on vision building as a way to capture the energy of all in the school to work in positive directions. When asked what brings them their greatest satisfactions in their work they do not focus on high achieving students or groups, but rather they talk about students who have succeeded against terrible odds. This success brings them pleasure, knowing they have touched a student's life in an important way. Effective Principals will: provide direction for potential and practicing principals, help school patrons to identify what kinds of principals to seek for their schools.

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Author information

James O'Hanlon served for 21 years as dean of Teachers College at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, retiring in 2003. He has leadership experience in schools, athletics, government, business, and the military. Donald O. Clifton served as chairman of The Gallup Organization and as chairman of the Gallup International Research and Education Center.

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O'Hanlon and Clifton write for principals and those seeking to hire principals, describing the attributes of positive and effective principals, their priorities and working styles, their good times and bad, and their impact on creative effective schools, teachers, and students. Reference and Research Book News, August 2005

Table of contents

Chapter 1 PREFACE Chapter 2 1 DOES IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE? Chapter 3 2 WHAT'S THE DAY OF A PRINCIPAL LIKE? Chapter 4 3 WHAT'S THE EFFECTIVE PRINCIPAL LIKE? Chapter 5 4 WHAT GUIDES THE WORK OF THE PRINCIPAL? Chapter 6 5 WHAT'S MOST IMPORTANT TO EFFECTIVE PRINCIPALS? Chapter 7 6 WHAT DO EFFECTIVE PRINCIPALS CELEBRATE? Chapter 8 7 HOW DO EFFECTIVE PRINCIPALS DEAL WITH ADVERSITY? Chapter 9 8 WHAT MAKES THE EFFECTIVE PRINCIPAL FEEL SUCCESSFUL? Chapter 10 9 CAN YOU FIND AN EFFECTIVE PRINCIPAL FOR YOUR SCHOOL? Chapter 11 ABOUT THE AUTHOR