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Best Practices of Award-Winning Secondary School Principals

Best Practices of Award-Winning Secondary School Principals

Foreword by Gerald N. Tirozzi, Executive Director, National Association of Secondary School Principals

July 2006 | 256 pages | Corwin
Using recent survey results from 34 award-winning NCLB blue-ribbon secondary headteachers across the United States, author Sandra Harris examines over 100 of their best field-based practices to help school leaders everywhere succeed in making their schools the best that they can be. The chapters in this unique collection are organized around six themes to help secondary school headteachers learn from their peers successful strategies centred on leadership, shaping campus culture, communicating for collaboration, curriculum and instruction, school improvement plans, and personalizing the learning environment. Aspiring, new, and veteran secondary headteachers will benefit from:

o Descriptions of best practices and ideas for implementing them

o Recommended reading list for effective headteachers

o Reflection and insight from successful headteachers

o Additional resources to further extend best practices

This invaluable resource covers the most current research, ideas, and strategies to help secondary headteachers become exemplary school leaders and create a thriving school environment.

Foreword by Gerald N. Tirozzi
About the Author
About the Contributors
1. Leadership
Leadership Actions That Build Exemplary Schools

Leadership: Tim's Top 10 Tips

Two Essential Leadership Qualities

Good Leaders Ask Good Questions

Leadership Best Practices: In Retrospect



Leadership Reflection

Additional Resources


2. Shaping Campus Culture
Trust Is the Foundation

Team Thornton

Influencing the School Culture

Shaping a Demographically Changing High School

Theme-Based Education: The High School's Mantra

Developing a Professional Learning Community

Shaping Through Professional Development

It Takes a Village

Guaranteeing a Better Future for the Entire Community

Shaping a Culture of Leadership in a Rural School

Three Ways to Improve Student Achievement

School Vision and Strategic Planning Are Exciting

Golden Opportunities



Shaping Campus Culture Reflection

Additional Resources


3. Communicating for Collaboration
Communicating for Collaboration With Faculty and Other Educators

Communicating for Collaboration With Students, Parents, and the Larger Community


Communicating for Collaboration Reflection

Additional Resources


4. Curriculum and Instruction
Build Curricula to Fit Student Needs

Closing the Achievement Gap

Standards-Based Curriculum

Supporting Standards-Based Programs

Challenging Curricula

Freshman Induction and Looping Improve Performance

Looping Aids Accountability

Team Looping Shares Responsibility

The Role of Technical Arts

CRISS-CROSS Professional Development

Different Instructional Methods Improve Learning

Differentiated Instruction Opportunities

Academic Celebrations

It's Not Your Mom's Detention Anymore: A Study on the Effectiveness of Walking for Fitness as an Alternative to Traditional Afterschool Detention



Curriculum and Instructional Programs Reflection

Additional Resources


5. School Improvement Plans
School Improvement Improves Us All

What I Wish I Had Done Differently

Everyone Is Accountable for All

TEAMS Target Improved Student Learning

Using Breaking Ranks II for School Improvement

New Teacher Mentoring Program

How We Use Data Assessment

Using Assessment Data

The School Improvement Plan as a Living Document

Improving Academic Rigor

Five-Minute Classroom Walk-Through

Teacher Observations

Know Your Facility Better Than Anyone

Nurturing and Sustaining Best Practices for School Improvement



School Improvement Plans Reflection

Additional Resources


6. Personalizing the Learning Environment for All
What Is and What Ought to Be

A Welcoming Environment

What Every Principal Needs to Know About Students

Building-Based Intervention Team

Providing Individual Attention for At-Risk Students

Freshmen Transition Program - A Bridge to High School

Transition Class

Strategies for a Low-Performing High School

ESL Students and Reading

Find an Advocate

Improving Reading Skills

Individualized Graduation Plan

Double Promoting Students



Personalizing the Learning Environment for All Reflection

Additional Resources


7. Words of Wisdom
Words of Wisdom Reflection


8. Recommended Reading List
Recommended Reading List Reflection

9. Conclusion
We, Not Me

Sharing a Vision

Empower Others

Balancing Life as a Leader

. . . And Don't Forget

Leadership in Retrospect

People Are Always First

Treat Others As You Want to Be Treated

Re-Establishing Campus Culture

February Fun

Commit to Collaboration

A Commitment to the Team

Listen and Be Safe

Communicating a Collective Vision

Student Academic Achievement Plan

Sustaining School Improvement

People, Not Programs

Students, Not Schools

A Force for Good



Sample Materials & Chapters



Chapter 1

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