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by James H. Stronge, Holly B. Richard and Nancy Catano
Table of Contents
This ASCD study guide is designed to enrich your understanding of Qualities of Effective Principals, an ASCD book published in 2008. Qualities of Effective Principals offers a comprehensive and extensive treatment of research related to what constitutes an effective principalship. Additionally, it provides research-based practices designed to enable principals and other building-level school administrators to develop their leadership skills in an ongoing and sustainable manner. Instrumental to getting the maximum benefit from reading the book is to apply your own experiences to the issues explored in the book. While reading the attributes, skills, and behaviors in each chapter, you might consider reflecting on an effective principal who has affected your leadership belief and practices. If you are a principal, you might look at your own leadership behaviors to see if you have created conditions in your school that are conductive to effective teaching and learning.
Part I of Qualities of Effective Principals identifies qualities of effective leadership within eight categories, with each quality supported by a synthesis of research and related literature. Part II provides checklists to assess strengths and weaknesses of a principal's skills, lists key quality indicators to look for in effective principal practices, as well as red flags for indentifying inappropriate or ineffective principal performance. Finally, the book includes an annotated bibliography of carefully selected sources for the reader interested in more detailed information from various studies described in the book.
Drawing from empirical research, case studies, and a meta-review of principal effectiveness in the extant literature, the authors present a multifaceted view of the effective principalship with clarity and precision, which can be used as a reference and reminder to further leadership development. The questions provided in this study guide are designed for reflection, either on your own or with a colleague. Once you finish Part I of the book, the toolkit provided in Part II promotes the application of your understanding about the effective principalship. We hope that this guide provides a link between research and best practice with your own experience.
This section of the Qualities of Effective Principals provides tools that were developed for direct application of the content and concepts presented in Part I. The checklists are presented in a straightforward and compact format to help identify key indicators of effectiveness in a principal's leadership. Additionally, the quality indicators and red flags are intended to highlight behaviors that can positively impact and improve principal performance. These tools can be used as a self-assessment instrument by principals for continued development as well as tools for supervisors who evaluate principals.
The annotated bibliography is provided for readers who are interested in knowing more about particular issues related to principal effectiveness. The annotations provide additional details on selected research referenced and discussed in the book. The annotation matrix makes it simple to cross-reference literature resources with the qualities described in various chapters of the book. Additionally, the annotations are presented in a standard format to make the literature information more user-friendly. If you want or need more information, we suggest that you obtain a copy of the original work.
Qualities of Effective Principals was written by James H. Stronge, Holly B. Richard, and Nancy Catano. This 260-page, 7" x 9" book (Stock #108003; ISBN-13: 978-1-4166-0744-1) is available from ASCD for $22.95 (ASCD member) or $29.95 (nonmember). Copyright © 2008 by ASCD. To order a copy, call ASCD at 1-800-933-2723 (in Virginia 1-703-578-9600) and press 2 for the Service Center. Or buy the book from ASCD's Online Store.
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