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.
Support kindness, respect for others, an attitude for service and a variety of other positive character traits by learning how to incorporate the literature and themes found in Dr. Seuss books, one of the most beloved of children's authors.
Climate change poses the single largest, global threat to life on Earth, and yet the United States and our schools lag far behind the international community in educating and acting responsibly to mitigate the causes and effects of a warming planet. This online course for grades 3-7 teachers uses excellent platforms developed by NASA and the EPA to educate about the science of climate change in kid-friendly, interdisciplinary ways. Youthful graphics, games, lesson samples that cut across science, social studies and math, virtual expeditions to places where climate change is visible, CO2 footprint calculators and more make this a rich learning environment from which grades 3-7 teachers will develop their own units and themes—whether that’s oceans, birds, butterflies, fish, trees, fresh water supplies. Many of your common science units can be modified with a climate change perspective (ie ocean life, plants and animals).