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This document provides guidance and direction for the professional development of school principals, those who aspire to the principalship, and those whose job it is to prepare principals. It reflects the critical importance of the principal in establishing and maintaining a quality school and so gives special emphasis to the principal's role in leading other leaders and school-based management. The training that many aspiring principals receive falls short in translating knowledge into action, and so the text hopes to fill that gap, as well. It focuses on education and experience and underscores four primary prerequisites: the need for an advanced understanding of the teaching and learning process; a thorough understanding of child growth and development, as well as adult learning; a broad base of knowledge; and a sincere commitment to educational equity and excellence at all levels. Since the principal also sets the example for the school, the text examines leadership proficiencies, such as leadership behavior, communication skills, group processes, curriculum and instruction, and assessment. The book also examines the various components of administrative/management proficiencies, including organizational management, fiscal management, and political management. Two appendices provide a guide for self-assessment and a professional growth plan. (Contains 91 references.) (RJM)

Descriptors: Administrator Guides, Educational Administration, Educational Improvement, Elementary Education, Instructional Leadership, Middle Schools, Principals, Professional Development, Standards

National Association of Elementary School Principals, 1615 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 ($14.95, members; $19.95, nonmembers). Tel: 800-386-2377 (Toll Free).

Autor: National Association of Elementary School Principals, Alexandria, VA.


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