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 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.