The Principal: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact

The Principal: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact


By (author) Michael Fullan

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 230mm x 20mm | 360g
  • Publication date: 18 March 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1118575237
  • ISBN 13: 9781118575239
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 12,662

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The author of Six Secrets of Change describes how and why the principal's role must change to maximize student achievement FREE Professional Development Guide Included Principals are often called the second most crucial in-school influencers (after teachers) of student learning. But what should the principal do in order to maximize student achievement? One of the best-known leadership authors in education, Fullan explains why the answer lies neither in micro-managing instruction nor in autonomous entrepreneurialism. He shows systematically how the principal's role should change, demonstrating how it can be done in short order, at scale. Reveals the three key roles that administrators must play in today's schools Explains how to choose the right versus wrong drivers of school success Filled with "action items" to help implement Fullan's program effectively Includes strategies that have been successfully field-tested in schools across the United States and Canada

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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

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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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The Principal: Three Keys to Maximizing ImpactUSE THIS BOOK FOR PD! Includes discussion questions and a freeprofessional development guideOver the past two decades, Michael Fullan has writteninfluentially about the change that school and district leadersmust bring about as formalized achievement standards and newtechnology transform how schools are run. What he hasn't done untilnow is explore and discuss in detail how and why the principal'srole itself must change.Principals are often called the second most crucial in-schoolinfluencers (after teachers) of student learning. But what shouldthe principal "do" in order to maximize student achievement?In "The Principal," Fullan explains why the answer liesneither in micro-managing instruction nor in autonomousentrepreneurialism. He also shows systematically how theprincipal's role must change, and demonstrates how it can bedone in short order, at scale.Fullan shows how principals have been boxed into a narrow rolethat undercuts their ability to develop the whole school. He shedslight on how, in times of crisis, it's all too easy forprincipals to do the wrong thing--to take actions that areineffective or even counter-productive, particularly when theydon't feel entirely in charge. But even in the toughest ofexternal conditions, he shows, there is always leeway for action.Fullan explains how to choose the right versus wrongdrivers--loosening focus on accountability and insteadconcentrating on capacity-building; focusing less on technology andmore on pedagogy; abandoning fragmented strategies and striving for"systemness"; and forgoing individualistic solutions infavor of collaborative effort. He shares how principals can fosterthe professional capital of teachers and get far more accomplishedfor all students.The author explains the three key roles that administrators mustplay in order to have the biggest impact on studentachievement--the learning leader, the district and systemplayer, and the change agent. Throughout "The Principal" are"action items" to help leaders implement Fullan's programeffectively, as well as provocative discussion questions thatenhance the book's usefulness in professional development andleadership courses.

Table of contents

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