Four Pathways to Prepare Aspiring School Leaders
- Tim Cusack - Edmonton Catholic Schools
- Vince Bustamante - Edmonton Catholic Schools
Foreword by Peter DeWitt, Afterword by John Hattie
The solution for preparing excellent school leaders is right in front of you
The best way to prepare aspiring leaders for principalship is to offer hands-on opportunities to develop the skills they’ll need when they’re in charge. Being a principal calls for originality, innovation, and the ability to work under pressure. Yet so few assistant principals and other aspiring leaders actually get to develop these competencies in meaningful ways that prepare them to lead a school with confidence.
Leader Ready presents a framework that walks aspiring school leaders along the path to strong and independent principalship by using a mix of professional knowledge, modeling, coaching, guided experiences, and mastery experiences. Full of processes, action steps, and examples from the field, features include;
- A research-based plan for creating better conditions for aspiring leaders
- Guidance for achieving systemic professional growth throughout the school year
- Analysis of school-leadership standards to inform practice
- Voices of leaders, aspiring leaders, and experts from the field
Leader Ready gets to the root of what is holding back aspiring leaders from pursuing the role of principal and provides a blueprint for supporting our future leaders. Cusack and Bustamante draw from their many years in leadership to bring us this great advice. Leader Ready is a must for every principal’s bookshelf!
We owe emerging school leaders the conditions, strategies, and opportunities necessary to grow and succeed. Cusack and Bustamante’s work is a major step forward in the right direction!
Leader Ready is a must-have resource for anyone supporting the development of aspiring leaders. Cusack and Bustamante’s Universal Leadership Standards, leadership development model, and templates provide a road map for building leadership capacity.
Any leader at any stage in their career can gain something from this book. Cusack and Bustamante’s Universal Leadership Standards provide a framework that can be utilized by even the most seasoned educational leaders for years to come!
Cusack and Bustamante provide us with a vision for inspiring the most opportune yet underserved school leaders: assistant principals. The authors’
focus on informed and strategic professional growth encourages aspiring leaders to engage with the challenges of today’s school systems with confidence and wisdom.
This book will develop great principals who support assistant principals to become great future principals. Cusack and Bustamante deliver a path to
connect potential and intention and move to dynamic implementation. Their interactive approach is rooted in standards and supported by lived experience.
This book offers practical strategies and tools for developing leadership skills in aspiring and novice school and district leaders. Cusack and Bustamante synthesize the research and issues relevant to assistant principals differentiated by level of experience, something rarely accomplished.