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The Principal

Three Keys to Maximizing Impact
Written by: Michael Fullan
Narrated by: Don Hagen
Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Over the past two decades, Michael Fullan has written influentially about the change that school and district leaders must bring about as formalized achievement standards and new technology transform how schools are run. What he hasn't done until now is explore and discuss in detail how and why the principal's role itself must change.

Principals are often called the second most crucial in-school influencers (after teachers) of student learning. But what should the principal do in order to maximize student achievement? In The Principal, Fullan explains why the answer lies neither in micromanaging instruction nor in autonomous entrepreneurialism. He also shows systematically how the principal's role must change and demonstrates how it can be done in short order, at scale.

Fullan shows how principals have been boxed into a narrow role that undercuts their ability to develop the whole school. He sheds light on how, in times of crisis, it's all too easy for principals to do the wrong thing - to take actions that are ineffective or even counterproductive, particularly when they don't feel entirely in charge. But even in the toughest of external conditions, he shows, there is always leeway for action. Fullan explains how to choose the right versus wrong drivers - loosening focus on accountability and instead concentrating on capacity building.

The author explains the three key roles that administrators must play in order to have the biggest impact on student achievement - the learning leader, the district and system player, and the change agent. Throughout The Principal are "action items" to help leaders implement Fullan's program effectively as well as provocative discussion questions that enhance the book's usefulness in professional development and leadership courses.

©2014 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (P)2015 Gildan Media LLC

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  • Felipe J. Flores III
  • 18-04-19

Great points very applicable

It was a good book. The reading of it was less engaging with limited inflection of voice that it wasn’t as enjoyable to listen too. I’ve heard others by Don Hagen this wasn’t his best reading.

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  • Rafael Ceja
  • 07-01-19

Must Read

Great book for principals. Short enough to finish in a week and long enough to inspire ideas.

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  • Charity Draper
  • 18-07-18

Research Based Actionable Direction for Principals

Excellent analysis of the current and future state of the principalship including internal and external forces driving and restraining the principalship. I greatly appreciated the deep and thorough research based backing for the positions the authors take. The direction this book gives for principals and other school leaders is deffinately actionable and achievable. Putting this work in action can deffinately improve the current state of schools and outcomes for teachers and students.

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  • kristen hardy
  • 27-06-16

very inspiring and concrete for educational leader

easy to digest and follow. It was very inspirational. Good for any educator wanting to structure and drive change to improve culture and student achievement.

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  • Maria Valdovinos
  • 27-10-15

A must read for all educators!

A must read for all educators! A practical guide for all administrators, enjoy the book.

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  • David
  • 06-04-18

Incisive, inspiring and highly relevant

A well researched analysis of leadership strategies that make a positive impact in schools and school systems.

There is a good balance between an academic overview of the challenges facing school leaders and practical takeaways for principals/head teachers to put into practice.

The book presents a series of action points that encourage reflection.