A book written by school leaders for school leaders!
The Principal Reader speaks directly to aspiring, novice, and experienced school leaders. The book features 56 leadership narratives from practising school leaders from the United States and Canada on topics such as: leadership theories in practice; confronting the status quo; improving instruction; reconciliation through education; leading through adversity; the challenge of change; fostering collaborative learning cultures; and social justice.
The Principal Reader is a compelling assemblage of voices from the ground that resists simplistic renderings of school leadership and dissolves artificial divides between leadership theory and practice. The vivid narratives told by experienced school leaders provide an insider's view of leadership as a complex, holisitic craft of leading, teaching, learning and advocacy. The text is humanizing and hopeful, bringing school leaders to the foreground as active participants in the struggle for social justice within diverse societies.
Tricia M. Kress, Associate Professor of Leadership in Education and Graduate Program Director of the Leadership in Urban Schools Ed.D./Ph.D. program at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
The Principal Reader is a banquet of reflective thinking. The insights provided will be illuminating for nearly anyone interested in schools.
Douglas J. Simpson, Texas Christian University & Texas Tech University.