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A Reflective Planning Journal for School Leaders
With Insights and Tips From Award-Winning Principals


Courses:
Principalship

April 2008 | 96 pages | Corwin

"Jorgenson has designed an amazingly easy-to-use tool that captures the complexity of the principalship in a precise, yet personal manner. This user-friendly resource significantly impacts day-to-day practice."
—Christopher Peal, Principal
Meadowbrook Elementary School, Novi, MI

"An ideal gift for superintendents to give to their principals. It can be used for administrator mentoring, especially for interactive collaboration between colleagues. This book supports the critical survival habit of today's administrators: reflection."
—Rick Miller, Superintendent
Oxnard School District, CA

Find resilience and optimism in your role as a school principal!

Today's school principals face increasing pressure and new challenges every day. However, by setting aside time for personal reflection and planning, both novice and seasoned administrators can build on their individual strengths and achieve important professional goals.

Written in a concise, practical format, A Reflective Planning Journal for School Leaders is part planning calendar, part reflective journal, and part inspirational guide to help principals become focused, proactive leaders. Olaf Jorgenson has organized this step-by-step resource around the school year and offers numerous suggestions, reflective exercises, and features, including:

  • Month-by-month themes that guide individual professional development and reflective practice
  • Advice from award-winning elementary and secondary school principals
  • Space for weekly and monthly planning and goal setting
  • Guidelines for focusing on priorities
  • Tips for increasing parent involvement, initiating change in schools, and making time for professional development

Strengthen your professional practice and leadership effectiveness by making personal reflection and planning a daily priority.


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
August: Aspirations
 
September: Beginnings
 
October: Community Building
 
November: Taking Stock
 
December: Gaining Perspective
 
January: Launching Anew
 
February: Maintaining Momentum
 
March: Looking Both Ways
 
April: Carrying the Flag
 
May: Finishing Strong
 
June: Celebrating, Commemorating, and Looking Forward
 
July: Reflecting, Affirming, and Rejuvenating
 
Resources

"Jorgenson has designed an amazingly easy-to-use tool that captures the complexity of the principalship in a precise, yet personal manner. This is a user-friendly tool that significantly impacts day-to-day practice."

Christopher Peal, Principal
Meadowbrook Elementary School, Novi, MI

"Being a school principal can put you constantly on the defensive, reacting to the barrage of challenges each day brings. This book provides a simple, workable tool to reclaim the initiative in running a school—and your life. It helps leaders maintain the inner strength and perspective needed to face challenges successfully."

Dale Cox, Middle School Principal
The International School of Beijing, China

"This book would be an ideal gift for superintendents to give to their principals. It can be used for administrator mentoring, especially for interactive collaboration between administrators and their colleagues. It supports the critical survival habit of today's administrators: reflection."

Rick Miller, Superintendent
Oxnard School District, CA

"Many of us get caught up in the day-to-day grind of the job and forget to make time to reflect on the great and not-so-great things that happened during the day, week, or month. This planner puts those reflective thoughts front and center."

Michelle Kocar, Principal
Heritage South Elementary School, Avon, OH

"The key word in the title is 'reflective,' and the short, to-the-point elements present on the each page will cause principals to do exactly that—reflect! This is an outstanding resource! I believe that this book will make a significant contribution to the professional lives of the administrators who use it."

Robert A. Frick, Superintendent
Lampeter-Strasburg School District, PA

"Many principals are looking for ways to improve organization, planning, reflection, and growth. This planner will provide a tool to address these needs."

Scott Hollinger, Principal
IDEA Quest College Preparatory, McAllen, TX
Key features
  • Month-by-month themes that guide individual professional development and reflective practice
  • Tips and suggestions from award-winning principals
  • Planning and goal-setting space for every week and month
  • Suggestions on how to focus on priorities for any given month of the year
  • Extra resources on parent involvement, community outreach, coaching staff, and making time for professional development

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Preface

Chapter 1


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