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 an outstanding collection of narratives that conveys the lived texture of learning and the deep ecology of leadership. This is a book that should be required reading for all educators, especially at a time when public education is becoming overrun by business models and commodified by corporate initiatives.
Peter McLaren, Distinguished Professor in Critical Sutides, Co-Director, the Paulo Freire Democratic Project, College of Educational Studies, Chapman University
The Principal Reader is truly a unique resource in educational leadership studies. The narratives in this volume provide insight into how educational leadership theory might be enacted and understood and how practical wisdom is exercised on a daily basis by highly skilled and thoughtful educational leaders. Editors Griffiths and Lowrey have bough together a collection of commentaries and narratives that will provoke conversations about the contemporary principalship.
Paul Newton, Department Head, Department of Educational Administration, University of Saskatchewan, Canada.