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Staffing the Principalship: Finding, Coaching, and Mentoring School Leaders


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“Help Wanted” signs are springing up outside our schools. The shortage of school administrators isn′t coming, it′s here. To thwart the shortage and keep schools on the cutting edge, we must exercise diligence in cultivating, training, and inspiring a new generation of school leaders—especially for the principalship.

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Finding High-Quality Candidates

Getting Prospects Ready for the Principalship

Helping Principals Continue to Grow

Keeping Good Leaders

About the authors

Suzette Lovely has been in public education for 20 years as a classroom teacher, teaching assistant principal, assistant principal, principal, director of elementary operations, and most recently as the chief personnel officer in the Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) in San Juan Capistrano, California. Lovely attributes her success as a school leader to the endless support and opportunities afforded throughout her scaffolded career in Capistrano.

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