Essentials for Principals

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  1. Essentials for Principals: The School Leader's Guide to Grading

    School is about learning, not the accumulation of points. Using research, this book shows principals how to emphasise and honour learning in their schools' grading and assessment processes, while ensuring that grades are accurate, meaningful and consistent. School leaders will gain a greater understanding of how to meet the standards of the US National Association of Elementary School Principals. Four appendices provide examples of report cards and grading policies that schools can easily adapt. P-8 principals will also: find out how to control for bias in assessment; learn the seven essential Ps of grading; gain an understanding of what constitutes high-quality feedback; and discover the correct and incorrect uses of penalties for student work.

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  2. Essentials for Principals: How to Interview, Hire and Retain High-Quality New Teachers

    As the key to student success starts in the classroom, principals face the challenge of finding and keeping highly qualified teachers who will work to ensure learning for all. In this third edition of How to Interview, Hire and Retain High-Quality New Teachers, authors John C. Daresh and Bridget N. Daresh use their firsthand experiences and observations to guide readers through effective processes for recruiting, interviewing and hiring faculty who will best fit individual schools' needs. Readers will gain suggestions for implementing induction and mentoring programs to help support and ensure the success of teachers navigating a new school culture, classroom management issues and curricula so they may be retained in their new positions.

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  3. Essentials for Principals: Strengthening the Connection Between School & Home, Second Edition

    In this Essentials for Principals series book, the authors describe the pivotal role family engagement plays in student achievement. Strengthening the Connection Between School & Home provides numerous strategies for reaching out to and involving family members—both in their children’s learning and in the life of the school. Among the many reproducible checklists, surveys and handouts are sample scripts in Spanish and English to guide school personnel when phoning parents about both difficult and good news. This valuable resource also highlights issues that may arise when working towards greater family involvement in high-poverty schools.

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  4. Essentials for Principals: Creating Physical & Emotional Security in Schools, Second Edition

    Creating Physical & Emotional Security in Schools provides P–8 principals with practical, research-based methods for developing a safe and supportive school environment – a caring learning community of students, staff members and other stakeholders. Readers will learn how to: create a positive and welcoming school building; develop schoolwide conflict-management strategies for problem solving and conflict resolution; establish an effective schoolwide policy for behaviour and discipline that focuses on teaching behavioural expectations and using reinforcement and positive rewards; address and prevent bullying, including cyberbullying; encourage student initiative and resilience, and more.

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  5. Essentials for Principals: The School Leaders Guide to Special Education, Third Edition

    Special education is often a confusing and expensive consideration of running a school. You have IEPs and BIPs in place, but are they really working? Find a refresher on the key legal rights of students with disabilities along with methods for designing and implementing IEPs and BIPs that work, approaches to creating effective instruction and assessment practices, and opportunities for inclusion in the general education classroom.

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  6. Essentials for Principals: The School Leader's Guide to Professional Learning Communities at Work

    This book is based on three assumptions: a school’s primary purpose is to ensure high levels of learning for all students, developing a staff’s capacity to collaborate as a PLC and the principal’s role is to lead a collective effort to create a PLC through processes that promote adult learning. Richard DuFour and Rebecca DuFour provide specific, research-based and actionable steps principals can take to develop and lead a PLC, challenging leaders not to ask, “Will I make a difference?” but “What difference will I make?”

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  7. Essentials for Principals: The School Leader's Guide to English Learners

    English learners are enormously challenged, for they must learn English while learning in English, and must do so while meeting ever-increasing expectations for achievement. How can principals rally their schools to address these issues? The School Leader’s Guide to English Learners explores this problem through five big ideas: (1) understanding proficiency levels, (2) using instruction that emphasises talk, (3) creating assessments that highlight strengths rather than simply catalogue defects, (4) offering intense interventions, and (5) shaping programs that have the buy-in of all stakeholders – educators, families and students.

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  8. Essentials for Principals: Data-Based Decision Making, Third Edition

    Data-Based Decision Making empowers primary principals to become more knowledgeable about using data in their leadership responsibilities. It advocates deep examination of data with a framework of three questions to investigate and eliminate the obstacles that stand in the way of effective data use: What data are you looking for? How will you find the data? How will you use the data? Principals will learn how to use data to clarify decisions, identify solutions, reach struggling learners, strengthen instruction, target resources more effectively and re-examine their own role as school leader.

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  9. Essentials for Principals: Effective Program Evaluation, Second Edition

    Educators and administrators are increasingly realising the importance of making decisions based on reliable, accurate data. It is not always clear how to gather such data, however, or what to do with the data once they have been collected. Effective Program Evaluation provides a clear and easily implemented blueprint for transparent, accurate data collection and evaluation of academic programs, practices and strategies. It provides detailed, straightforward strategies for: selecting data collection methods that will yield the most useful information; determining how well a program is aligned with your relevant standards and meeting learning goals; and understanding a program or instructional strategy's strengths and identifying ways to address its weaknesses.

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  10. Essentials for Principals: Mobile Learning Devices

    In Mobile Learning Devices, the author helps educators confront and overcome their fears and doubts about using mobile learning devices (MLDs) such as mobile phones, personal digital assistants, MP3 players, handheld games and digital audio players in classrooms. Mobile Learning Devices explains what mobile learning is, how to mitigate the potentially negative effects of MLDs through acceptable-use policies, and how to use MLDs to enhance and expand learning of core content, 21st century skills and the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS). The author describes how to incorporate technology into classrooms and provides specific steps, logistical guidelines and nine complete sample lessons.

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