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  • North American Division Handbook for Principals, page 12. Contact your Conference or Union Office for a copy.
  • The Journal of Adventist Education. North American Division. See for back issues.
  • The Principal as Leader, Larry W. Hughes. Merrill, 1999. Practical book on leadership and the principal with advice on how the principal can fulfill the roles of establishing a culture and improving instruction and learning.
  • The Principal: New Leadership for New Challenges, John T. Seyfarth. Prentice-Hall, 1999. Good chapters on the principal’s roles and responsibility in creating and developing school atmosphere and culture and the principal as organizational and instructional leader and manager.
  • School Leadership: Handbook for Excellence edited by Stuart C. Smith and Philip K. Piele. U of Oregon Press, 1996. Book with chapters devoted to important roles such as developing leaders, transforming culture, leading the instructional program and staff, and details of managing the principal’s role.
  • Educational Leadership. ASCD’s flagship publication with sources of information about teaching and learning, new ideas and practices, and the latest trends and issues affecting pre- Kindergarten through higher education.
  • Principal Leadership. Journal of NASSP. Focuses on the school leader’s need for practical strategies for improving the school. See especially the section on “Tips for Principals” and the December 2002 issue on creating a school climate.
  • JSD. Journal of National Staff Development Council.
  • The Journal of School Leadership. Research that contributes to the exchange of ideas about schools and leadership.
  • The Journal of Law & Education. jawedhp.htm Covers all aspects of law related to education.
  • The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, John C. Maxwell. Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1999. Focuses on the qualities of a good leader.
  • The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John C. Maxwell. Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1998. Focuses on life- changing principles that determine the success or failure of an institution.
  • Becoming a Person of Influence, John C. Maxwell. Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1997. (800) 333-6506.
  • Full Steam Ahead! Ken Blanchard and Jesse Stoner. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2003. Focuses on how to use the power of visioning to get focused, get energized, and get great results.
  • Bringing Out the Best in Others, Thomas K. Connellan. Bard Press, 2003. Three keys for leaders to transform underperformers.
  • Whale Done! Ken Blanchard et al. The Free Press, 2002. Describes how accentuating the positive and redirecting the negative can increase productivity.
  • “Keeping Good Teachers: Why It Matters, What Leaders Can Do.” Article by Linda Darling-Hammond. Educational Leadership. May 2003. Four factors influence teacher retention: salaries, working conditions, preparation, and mentoring support.
  • Why CEOs Fail, David L. Dotlich and Peter C. Cairo. Jossey-Bass, 2003. Discussion of the eleven behaviors that can cause a leader’s downfall and how to avoid them.
  • What Works in Schools: Translating Research into Action, Robert J. Marzano. NASSP, 2003. Book with suggestions on how schools can operate at advanced levels of effectiveness.
  • What Works: Research About Teaching and Learning edited by William John Bennett. Wooster Book Company, 1996.
  • The Principalship, Thelbert L. Drake and William H. Roe. Merrill Prentice Hall, 2003. Comprehensive discussion of the principal’s various tasks and roles.
  • Educational Administration: Concepts and Practices, Fred C. Lunenburg and Allan C. Ornstein. Wadsworth, 2000. Comprehensive discussion of the concepts and practices of educational administrative responsibilities with many administrative tips.
  • Principle-Centered Leadership, Stephen Covey. Simon & Schuster, 1992. A book by a Christian author recognized in the field of leadership.
  • The Heart of Change: Real-Life Stories of How People Change Their Organizations, John P. Kotter and Dan S. Cohen. Harvard Business School Press, 2002.
  • How to Become a Great Boss: The Rules for Getting and Keeping the Best Employees, Jeffrey J. Fox. Hyperion, 2002.
  • Leading a Christian School: A Book for Board Members and Administrators, edited by Timothy C. Evearitt. Issues relevant to school leadership.

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