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Survival Skills for the Principalship
A Treasure Chest of Time-Savers, Short-Cuts, and Strategies to Help You Keep a Balance in Your Life

  • John Blaydes - Association of California School Administrators


March 2004 | 256 pages | Corwin
Survival Skills for the Principalship provides over 500 powerful tips, short-cuts, time-savers, ideas, strategies, and a collection of sample letters and forms shared by award-winning principals nationwide. This treasure chest allows principals, assistant principals, and aspiring principals to pick and choose from a variety of valuable resources as befits his or her school. Each chapter in this book is designed to provide timesaving and efficient survival skills, which can be implemented immediately. The materials in this book attempts to reduce the isolated job of the principalship by sharing what has worked and what hasn't worked for award-winning, highly successful principals from across the nation.
 
Acknowledgements
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
1. Blueprint for Leadership in 21st Century Schools: Matering the Changes, Challenges, and Complexities of the Principalship
Mastering the New Three R's of School Leadership  
Framing the Power of the Principalship  
Laying The Foundation of Your Principalship  
Treasure Chest Sample #1: Dance Card Partners  
Treasure Chest Sample #2: Professional Responsibilities  
Holding a Grand Conversation  
Mastering Resiliency  
Treasure Chest Sample #3: Candy-Grams  
Treasure Chest Sample #4: Parent-School Climate Questionnaire  
Treasure Chest Sample #5: Assessment of Staff Morale  
Treasure Chest Sample #6: Day of the Teacher Remembrance Book Parent Memo  
Treasure Chest Sample #7: Sample Elementary Classroom Behavior Management Plan  
Treasure Chest Sample #8: Discipline Problem-Solving Record Card  
Strengthening Your Infrastructure  
Putting the Home Back in Homework  
Treasure Chest Sample #9: Parent Homework Brochure  
Homework Survival Kit for Teachers  
Treasure Chest Sample #10: Homework Survival Kit for Teachers  
Treasure Chest Sample #11: Homework Alert  
Treasure Chest Sample #12: Principal's Homework Letter to Parents  
 
2. Mastering the Skills of Resiliency
Resiliency  
The Rock of the Principalship  
Survey Results - Stressors  
Treasure Chest Sample #13: Stress Inventory  
Tuesdays With Me  
Time Management Tips From Award-Winning Principals  
Building the Parent-School Partnership  
Treasure Chest Sample #14: Parent Volunteer Survey Letter  
Treasure Chest Sample #15: PEP Classroom Volunteer Survey  
Treasure Chest Sample #16: School Volunteer Survey  
Treasure Chest Sample #17: Volunteer Handbook Welcome Letter  
Treasure Chest Sample #18: Parent Classroom Observation Procedures  
Treasure Chest Sample #19: Parent Education Survey  
Treasure Chest Sample #20: Parent Invitation to Kindergarten Orientation  
Treasure Chest Sample #21: Parent Handout: Kindergarten - A Statement of Philosophy  
Treasure Chest Sample #22: Parent Handout: Kindergarten Goals - What Your Child Will Learn  
Treasure Chest Sample #23: Parent Handout - Getting Your Child Ready for Kindergarten  
Treasure Chest Sample #24: Kindergarten Welcome Conference Agenda  
Treasure Chest Sample #25: Parent Handout - Back to School Night  
Creative Models - Special Needs Students  
Timesavers for Referrals and Interventions  
Treasure Chest Sample #26: Special Needs Interventions Inventory  
Treasure Chest Sample #27: Special Needs Student Background Form  
Treasure Chest Sample #28: New Parent Invitation for School Tour  
Treasure Chest Sample #29: Parent Letter to Invite VIP to School Open House  
Treasure Chest Sample #30: VIP Neighbor Invitation to Attend Open House  
Treasure Chest Sample #31: Heroes of the Heart Award Invitation  
Tips for Building Community Involvement in Your School  
 
3. Mastering the Skills of Renewal
Renewal  
Tips for Keeping a Balance in Your Life From Award-Winning Principals  
Tips for Bringing Humor to Your School Culture From Award-Winning Principals  
Enhancing Peak Performance  
Building Your Dream Team  
Treasure Chest Sample #32: Professional Information Survey  
Treasure Chest Sample #33: Teacher Interview Questions  
Treasure Chest Sample #34: Teacher Candidate Interview Record Sheet  
Treasure Chest Sample #35: Candidate Progressive Ranking Sheet  
Treasure Chest Sample #36: Telephone Reference Call Form  
Enhancing Peak Performance  
Teacher Evaluation  
Treasure Chest Sample #37: Exceptional Elementary Tenured Teacher  
Treasure Chest Sample #38: Excellent High School Tenured Teacher  
Treasure Chest Sample #39: Excellent Elementary Tenured Teacher  
Treasure Chest Sample #40: Average Elementary Tenured Teacher  
Treasure Chest Sample #41: Average High School Teacher  
Treasure Chest Sample #42: Outstanding Elementary First-Year Teacher  
Treasure Chest Sample #43: Marginal Elementary First-Year Teacher  
Letters of Recommendation  
Treasure Chest Sample #44: Marginal Elementary Tenured Teacher  
Treasure Chest Sample #45: Exceptional High School Teacher  
Treasure Chest Sample #46: Exceptional Elementary Teacher  
Treasure Chest Sample #47: Excellent High School Teacher  
Treasure Chest Sample #48: Average Elementary Teacher  
Treasure Chest Sample #49: First-Year Marginal Elementary Teacher  
Treasure Chest Sample #50: Substitute Teacher  
Treasure Chest Sample #51: Math Teacher Award  
Treasure Chest Sample #52: Science Summer Institute  
 
4. Mastering the Skills of Reflection
Reflection  
Touch the Wisdom Within  
The M&M Game - A Culminating Learning Activity  
Treasure Chest Sample #53: The Survival Skills M&M Game  
Letter-Rip!  
Sample Letters  
Treasure Chest Sample #54: Changing Classroom Assignment - New Teacher  
Treasure Chest Sample #55: Mid-Year Classroom Teacher Replacement  
Treasure Chest Sample #56: Teacher Leaving for Maternity  
Treasure Chest Sample #57: Attendance Concerns  
Treasure Chest Sample #58: Follow-up Letter - Strong Concerns About Continuing Poor School Attendance  
Treasure Chest Sample #59: Concerns Regarding Student Tardies  
Treasure Chest Sample #60: Follow-up Letter - Strong Concerns About Continuing School Tardies  
Treasure Chest Sample #61: Requesting Business Donation  
Treasure Chest Sample #62: Thank-You Letter - Business Donation  
Treasure Chest Sample #63: Thank-You Letter - Community Service Organization Gift  
Treasure Chest Sample #64: Thank You for Positive Letter About a Teacher  
Treasure Chest Sample #65: Thank-You Letter - Parent Donation of Gift  
Treasure Chest Sample #66: Thank-You Letter - Music Teacher  
Treasure Chest Sample #67: Thank-You Letter - Teacher Presenting Inservice  
Treasure Chest Sample #68: Thank-You Letter - Consultant Presenting Inservice  
Treasure Chest Sample #69: Thank-You Letter - Classroom Volunteer  
Treasure Chest Sample #70: Thank-You Letter - Parent Volunteer School Event  
Treasure Chest Sample #71: Thank-You Letter - PTA President  
Treasure Chest Sample #72: Letter of Congratulations to PTA Honorary Service Award Recipient  
Treasure Chest Sample #73: Parent Letter - Classroom Volunteer Who Didn't Show Up  
Treasure Chest Sample #74: Parent Letter - Congratulations on Student's Good Citizenship Award  
Treasure Chest Sample #75: Student Letter - Congratulations on Election to Student Council  
Treasure Chest Sample #76: Student Letter - Consolation Letter, Not Elected to Student Council  
Treasure Chest Sample #77: Parent Letter - Failure to Pick Up Child After School in Time  
Treasure Chest Sample #78: Parent Letter - Suspension of Disruptive Parent From Coming on Campus  
Memo-abilia  
Treasure Chest Sample #79: Staff Memo - Welcome Back to New School Year  
Treasure Chest Sample #80: Staff Memo - Open House Expectations  
Treasure Chest Sample #81: Staff Memo - Congratulations on Successful Open House  
Treasure Chest Sample #82: Staff Memo - Thank You, Day of the Teacher Appreciation  
Treasure Chest Sample #83: Staff Memo - Procedures for Recess Time-Out  
Treasure Chest Sample #84: Staff Memo - Classified Staff Appreciation Week Thank You  
Principal's Message for Parent Newsletter  
Treasure Chest Sample #85: Parent Letter - Welcome Back to New School Year  
Treasure Chest Sample #86: New Student Survey About Special Needs Services  
Treasure Chest Sample #87: Home-School Communication - The Key to Our School's Success  
Treasure Chest Sample #88: The Joy of Reading Alout at Home  
Treasure Chest Sample #89: Getting to School on Time in a Safe Manner  
Treasure Chest Sample #90: Taking Time for Conversation and Consistency  
Treasure Chest Sample #91: Creating a Climate for Learning  
Treasure Chest Sample #92: A Parent's Guide to Teenage Parties  
Treasure Chest Sample #93: Just a Little Bit of Heaven  
Treasure Chest Sample #94: Character Education - Teaching Our Children the Attribute of Perseverance  
Treasure Chest Sample #95: Avoid Interrupting Classroom Instruction  
Treasure Chest Sample #96: Celebrating Our School Year - A Special Thank You  
Treasure Chest Sample #97: One Good Parent  
Treasure Chest Sample #98: The Season of Joy  
Treasure Chest Sample #99: Emergency Preparedness Bulletin  
Treasure Chest Sample #100: Middle School Report to Parents  
Treasure Chest Sample #101: Parent Survey - A School Evaluation Tool  
Treasure Chest Sample #102: School Organization for Next Year  
Treasure Chest Sample #103: Weh Report Cards Don't Make the Grade  
Treasure Chest Sample #104: Parent Letter - Responding to Parent Request for a Specific Teacher  
Summary  
The Last Word  
Order Form - Survival Skills for the Principalship CD  
 
Index

"A great book designed to lighten the load of school administrators—filled with practical, easy to implement strategies, short-cuts, time-savers, and sample forms and letters. A valuable reference guide for effective school leadership."

Fran Madison-Cohee, NAESP California State Representative
Principal, White Oak Elementary, CA

"If you are looking for insight, rejuvenation, and thoughtful, practical strategies for success in your role as a school leader, look no further. John Blaydes helps us remember why we became educators, why we want to continue, and why inspirational leadership is essential to schools."

Jane Foley, Vice President, National Educator Awards
Milken Family Foundation, Santa Monica, CA

"Educational leaders will treasure this handy leadership guide full of powerful strategies and meaningful examples that are easily implemented. School administrators will find practical suggestions for motivating staff, preparing correspondence, and handling difficult situations. This is a must for your professional library."

Deborah Jenkins, Executive Assistant
Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore, MD

"Clearly, Blaydes planned well as he linked the themes from one chapter
to the next. It will no doubt be a valued tool for school administrators."

Daniel P. Gaffney, Principal
Howard R. Yocum Elementary School, NJ

"This book is very readable for the practitioner. The examples presented are excellent and I think principals and superintendents could use this material for staff development of teachers, paraprofessionals, and for community members."

Ronald P. Weiss, Associate Professor
Minnesota State University

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