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The Quick-Reference Handbook for School Leaders
A Practical Guide for Principals

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June 2005 | 328 pages | Corwin

Published in Association with Ontario Principals' Council

The Quick-Reference Handbook for School Leaders is a practical guide that provides an answer to the questions 'Where do I start?' and 'Where do I look for direction?'

Written in an easy-to-read, bulleted format, the handbook is an excellent resource for all headteachers, deputy heads and other members of the school management team. The book is organized around five key sections, each including brief overviews, checklists, and suggestions for further reading.

-Organization and Management - the role of the headteacher, negligence and liability, media relations, managing conflict and difficult people, effective meetings, resource management, records and information, facility management

-Teaching and Learning - school programs, learning communities, special education, supervision and evaluation, staff development, unions, celebrating success

-Behaviour and Discipline - safe schools, code of conduct, supervision and expulsion, search and seizure, police procedures

-Health and Safety - reporting child abuse, occupational health and safety, emergency preparation, medical needs, health and safety resources

-Looking After Yourself - professional development, wellness, and balance

Including words of wisdom from first-year headteachers, and voices of experience from over 60 experienced primary and secondary headteachers, this reference book will be used over and over again - make sure you keep it close by!

 
Introduction
 
Part I. Organization and Management
 
1. The Role of the Principal
Duties and Responsibilities: An Overview  
The Principal's Role  
Additional Roles and Skills: A Quick Overview  
Your Personal Vision of Your Role as Principal  
The Role of the Principal as Defined  
 
2. Legal Framework
Hierarchical Legislative Framework: An Overview  
 
3. Negligence and Liability
First Steps to Reduce Risk  
Negligence: An Overview of the Concepts and Issues  
Duty to Provide Adequate Supervision of Pupils  
 
4. Management Skills
Managerial Excellence and School Leadership: An Overview  
Time Management  
Delegation  
Visibility: Management by Walking Around  
 
5. Communication
Communication Tips and Checklists  
Written Communication  
School Newsletters  
School Communication Plan  
 
6. Public and Media Relations
Building a Public Relations Program for Your School  
Tips for Writing a News Release  
Tips for Giving Media Interviews  
 
7. Managing Conflict and Difficult People
Reacting to Conflict  
Conflict Resolution: An Overview  
Dealing With Difficult People and Complaints  
Relationships With Parents  
 
8. Effective Meetings
Before the Meeting  
During the Meeting  
After the Meeting  
 
9. Records and Information Management
Getting Started  
Confidentiality and Disclosure  
Student Records  
Legislation Regarding Records and Information Management  
 
10. Budget and Resource Management
School Budget: An Overview  
Local Financial Responsibility (Protecting Yourself)  
Board-Wide Impact (Protecting the District School Board)  
Tips Regarding Budget and Resource Management  
 
11. Technology
Getting Started  
Technology and School Administration  
Technology and the Curriculum  
Building Your School Technology Plan  
 
12. School Advisory Groups
Preparing to Work With Your School Advisory Group  
Working With Your School Advisory Group  
School Advisory Groups and the Role of the Principal  
Effective School Advisory Groups  
 
13. School Organization and Scheduling
Getting Started  
An Overview  
Implementation Challenges  
Models for School Organization and Scheduling  
 
Part II. Teaching and Learning
 
14. School Programs
Getting Started  
Curriculum Implementation  
Student Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting  
 
15. Special Education and English As a Second Language
Special Education: Getting Started  
Roles and Responsibilities of the Principal  
Referral Routines  
ESL and ESOL: Getting Started  
 
16. Data Driven School Improvement
Getting Started  
Effective School Improvement Planning  
 
17. Staff Supervision and Performance Appraisal
Getting Started  
Supervision of Vice-Principals  
State Standards for Teacher Performance Appraisal  
Teacher Supervision and Performance Appraisal  
 
18. Teaching Staff: Selection and Development
Teaching Staff Selection: Getting Started  
Interviewing and Hiring  
Teaching Staff Development: Getting Started  
Professional Learning  
Working With Beginning Teachers  
 
19. Professional Relations
Working With the Unions in Your School  
Collective Agreements and Grievances  
 
20. Celebrating Success
Getting Started  
Creating an Environment for Success  
Sharing Success  
Negative Environments  
 
Part III. Behavior and Discipline
 
21. Student Behavior and Discipline in the School
Getting Started  
District Policies and Procedures: An Overview  
Behavior Codes  
Access to School Premises  
 
22. Student Behavior and Outside Agencies
Police/School Protocol  
Search and Seizure  
The Young Offender  
School Attendance  
 
Part IV. Health and Safety
 
23. Protecting Our Students
Getting Started  
Issues Concerning At-Risk Children and Youth  
 
24. Occupational Health and Safety
Getting Started  
Duties of the Principal  
Conducting a School Safety Inspection  
Developing Occupational Health and Safety Procedures  
 
25. Emergency Preparedness
Getting Started  
Preventive Measures  
Reactive Strategies  
Follow-Up and Evaluation  
 
26. Student Medical Needs
Getting Started  
Responding to Specific Situations  
Other Health Issues  
A Comprehensive School Health Program  
 
Part V. Looking After Yourself
 
27. Professional Learning and Personal Well-Being
An Overview: Professional Learning  
Professional Reading  
Personal Well-Being  
 
28. Support for School Leaders
What to Do When You Need Help  
When to Call Your Professional Association for Assistance  
 
Appendices and Resources
Appendix A. Entry Plans  
Appendix B. Principals' Routines  
Appendix C. Regular Monthly Activities for Principals  
Appendix D. Getting the School Year Started: Checklists for July, August and September  
Appendix E. Professional Conferences: A List of Web Sites  
Appendix F. Words of Wisdom: Advice From Beginning Principals  
Appendix G. School Activities and Field Trips  
 
Resources
 
References
 
Index

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 1: The Role of the Principal


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