A book written by school leaders for school leaders!
The Principal Reader speaks directly to aspiring, novice, and experienced school leaders. The book features 56 leadership narratives from practising school leaders from the United States and Canada on topics such as: leadership theories in practice; confronting the status quo; improving instruction; reconciliation through education; leading through adversity; the challenge of change; fostering collaborative learning cultures; and social justice.
These narratives from the "trenches" are a refreshing change from the empty prescriptions we get from politicians, edu-businesses, and those who have given up on public schooling. This book is a testament to the fact that there are committed educators struggling one day at a time to transform public schools in spite of their armchair critics.
Gary L. Anderson, Professor of Educational Leadership at NYU Steinhardt
The Principal Reader is truly a unique resource in educational leadership studies. The narratives in this volume provide insight into how educational leadership theory might be enacted and understood and how practical wisdom is exercised on a daily basis by highly skilled and thoughtful educational leaders. Editors Griffiths and Lowrey have bough together a collection of commentaries and narratives that will provoke conversations about the contemporary principalship.
Paul Newton, Department Head, Department of Educational Administration, University of Saskatchewan, Canada.