Over the past two decades, efforts to improve schools have significantly modified role expectations for principals. Today, school-level administrators are expected to be both visionary leaders and competent managers. Based on the conviction that administration is an amalgam of leadership and management, The School Principal emphasizes the need for practitioners to apply conceptual skills to make "what to do" decisions, to apply technical skills to make "how to do" decisions, and to apply relational skills to engage in democratic decision making.
Kowalski frames the book with a discussion of the nature of schools, the roles of principals, and their need to improve schools. The book then provides a balanced treatment of leadership and management, covering issues of personal behavior, instructional leadership, relationship building issues, finances, facilities, personnel management, pupil services, and maintaining safe schools. The text closes with discussion of the vital aspects of practice for contemporary principals, addressing problem solving, collaborative change strategies, and personal commitment to being a principal.
Treating principals as concurrently visionary leaders and competent managers, this excellent text addresses the needs of aspiring and practicing principals, providing the tools to build effective and efficient schools.
Theodore J. Kowalski is the Kuntz Family Chair and Professor in Educational Administration, University of Dayton.
Part One: Schools and Principals
1. Complex Nature of Schools
2. Principal Roles and Responsibilities
3. Effective Schools for All Students
Part Two: Leadership Expectations
4. Principal Behavior and Instructional Leadership
5. Organizing and Evaluating Instructional Programs
6. Building and Maintaining Relationships
Part Three: Managerial Responsibilities
7. Managing Material Resources
8. Managing Human Resources
9. Managing Pupil Services
10. Providing a Safe School Environment
Part Four: Vital Aspects of Practice
11. Problem Solving and Decision Making
12. Collaborative Efforts for School Improvement
13. Commitment to Being a School Administrator