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The Principal


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Preface ix Acknowledgments xi About the Author xv CHAPTER ONE: Outmoded 1 Gasp! 6 Leading Learning 8 Maximizing Impact 9 This Watershed Moment 10 The Chapters That Follow 13 Still Worth a Struggle 14 CHAPTER TWO: Vices and Virtues 17 Panic Time? 21 Four Wrong Choices for Driving Policy 22 Too Broad, Too Narrow: The Transformative Versus Instructional Leader 38 Principal Autonomy and Micromanaging: Other Roadside Attractions 42 Time to Retune 46 CHAPTER THREE: The First Key?Leading Learning 51 What Key Research Tells Us 56 Professional Capital?a Framework for Leading Learning 67 Foster and Integrate 86 The More Powerful Way 88 CHAPTER FOUR: The Second Key?Being a District and System Player 93 Looking Out to Improve Within 98 Intradistrict Development 100 Beyond the District 107 Not You Alone 115 CHAPTER FIVE: The Third Key?Becoming a Change Agent 119 Change Agency 124 Distorted Mirrors 135 CHAPTER SIX: The Future Is Now 141 The Unplanned Digital Revolution 145 Planned Change: Common Core State Standards 154 Time to Change Careers? Or to Change Gears? 157 A Final Word 160 References 161 Index 169

About the Author

Michael Fullan, Order of Canada, is a professor emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. He consults with leaders of education systems worldwide and is the award-winning author of more than thirty books, including Leading in a Culture of Change, The Six Secrets of Change , and Change Leader . To learn more, visit


?This revealing and powerful book comes just in time, as we launch the biggest education reform in the past fifty years. It should be required reading not only for principals, but perhaps even more importantly for those who support and lead them.? ?Laura Schwalm, CaEdPartners; former superintendent, Garden Grove, California ?After decades of studying, working with, and enhancing the lot of principals . . . Fullan?s conclusion? Principals are needed now more than ever, and he?s smack on target. He doesn?t mince words, yet instills hope and confidence. Simply great . . . this book should be on every leader?s desk. Another bull?s-eye!? ?Willam Parrett, director, Center for School Improvement and Policy Studies, Boise State University, Idaho ?I just read The Principal and I am on fire and in love. I couldn't put it down! Fullan's uniquely succinct brilliance for soaring above the noise and clutter that bogs us down is incredibly energizing and inspiring.? ?Alice Thomas, president and CEO, Center for Development and Learning, Metairie, Louisiana

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