Every principal, whether new to administration, to a district, or to a school, needs to examine the issues that are central to his/her success. The text for this course is The New Principal’s Fieldbook: Strategies for Success written by Pam Robbins and Harvey Alvy. In this very readable field book, the authors present practical insights to help principals become inspirational leaders in their own school communities.
You will find topics from informal school communication networks, building lasting relationships, improving faculty meetings, promoting professional learning communities, conducting staff evaluations, keeping up with state mandates, time management, to dealing with surprise as a routine part of your work. From their own experiences, and those of other education leaders, the authors present practical information and insights, research-based techniques and fascinating stories to help principals provide successful leadership in their schools.
At the end of each chapter the authors provide you with the opportunity to reflect on how you would apply the new information to potential scenarios in your school. These topics, each presented in a compelling context, are covered in chapters 1-6 in the book.
(Chapters 7-15 of The New Principal’s Fieldbook: Strategies for Success are covered in the companion course, “ The Principal’s Fieldbook: Best Practices”)
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Stephen Covey’s perennial classic, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is celebrating its 20th year in print. Though the entire book is worth studying, this course focuses on one of the two habits most essential for an effective teaching repertoire: Principles of Emphatic Communication: Habit #5.
Elementary teachers! Become a technology leader for your professional team and inspire your students. Develop lessons using free online curriculum-rich resources that will engage students in every core subject. Not only will you learn to access an amazing amount of online resources, you will learn new innovative ways to apply them to your current professional assignment.
Enhance your K-12 Civil War teaching using the books and videos suggested in this course. This innovative course includes a resource file on the Civil War featuring web pages with interactive maps, lesson plans, art, music, reenactment videos, and lectures from leading scholars. Teachers will find ways to actively engage students around many of the major themes and events of this time period.
This course is based on the required text, "Qualities of Effective Teachers" by James Stronge. Stronge’s work emphasizes that the classroom teacher is a person that makes the biggest difference in studies of effectiveness. Also covered are classroom management, curriculum development, lesson delivery. follow-up checklists and ‘red flags’ of ineffective teaching.