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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Fullan Narrator: Don Hagen Publisher: Recorded Books: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2015 ISBN: 9781469062723
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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; focusing less on technology and more on pedagogy; abandoning fragmented strategies and striving for “systemness;” and forgoing individualistic solutions in favor of collaborative effort. He shares how principals can foster the professional capital of teachers and get far more accomplished for all students.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sensibly, with slight irreverence, and ahead of the curve—he challenges us to think about the principalship as not only ‘realistically doable,’ but scalable: music to those of us who want to see students perform to greater heights and teachers given the support they need to be their best.”

    Vicki Phillips, director of education, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  • “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

  • “Fullan’s conclusion…[is that] 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. ”

    William Parrett, director, Center for School Improvement and Policy Studies, Boise State University

  • “Fullan challenges the status quo and opens up a new and exciting future by systematically laying out what truly effective principals should do to have maximum impact on learning and on the system as a whole.”

    Margery Evans, chief executive officer, Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

  • “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, California Education Partners

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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, Change Leader, and The Principal.

About the Narrator

Don Hagen has been behind the microphone since fifth grade. He is a nine-time winner of the Peer Award for narration/voice-over and twice winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award. He has also been heard in radio and television commercials and documentaries. In addition to his freelance voice work, he is a member of the audiobook narration team at the Library of Congress.