What Great Principals Do Differently: Eighteen Things That Matter Most

With heartfelt advice, practical wisdom, and examples from the field, Todd Whitaker explains the qualities and practices that distinguish great principals. New features include:

  • Developing an accurate sense of self
  • Understanding the dynamics of change
  • Dealing with negative or ineffective staff members

One of the nation’s leading experts on staff motivation, teacher leadership, and principal effectiveness, Todd Whitaker has written over 20 powerful books for educators of every level. Discover what you can do differently.


Powerful Instructional Leadership Tools

Instructional Leadership

Instructional Leadership

Use these powerful leadership tools to build teamwork and improve instruction!

Every school leader needs a toolbox of strategies for improving teaching and learning. This second edition examines the role of principals in leading instruction and provides practical tools for leaders to reflect on and improve their practice. Emphasizing the importance of empowering others and building effective teams, this resource offers


“Provides a solid base to understand the many hats that must be worn to provide for all facets of a school setting. I applaud Gupton’s focus on the learner. This is the most important tenet for a school administrator’s decision making. Each chapter describes a portion of school leadership that the successful principal needs to master.” (Sharon Madsen Redfern, Principal 2009-06-11)

“This is a text for curriculum leaders who prize learning in themselves and others. Sandra Gupton’s love of learning and ability to frame issues are evident in each chapter with the instructional toolbox metaphor graphically holding the reader’s attention each step of the way.” (Dale Brubaker, Professor of Education 2010-06-17)

“I really really liked the book. In fact, I am going to suggest this book to be read as a bookshare for the 52 principals in our district.” (Barbara Gerard, Secretary 2009-06-11)

“Highly Recommended. This is a book that administrators should read and keep on their bookshelf.” (Kathy Zachel 2011-10-13)







School Violence: A Reference Handbook (Contemporary World Issues)

With school violence on the rise, schools have implemented security safeguards like never before in the form of metal detectors, video cameras, and armed guards. School communities have mixed opinions regarding these drastic prevention measures—many welcome the protection, while some condemn the reminders of violence these tactics evoke. This comprehensive text introduces the history of school violence in the United States, providing an overview of proposed causes—from violent video games, to inadequate parental involvement, to bullying by classmates—and detailing the pros and cons of various deterrents.

Experienced criminologist Laura Finley incorporates personal reflections, primary source data, and profiles of key figures to address the painful reality of school shootings and other violent acts. The text expounds upon the characteristics of victims, individuals who are most likely to carry out violence, and common types of assaults. Chapters include a discussion on current legislation; stories of infamous perpetrators; activists who are working to make schools safer; and school, community, and societal risk factors. Read More

School Leadership and Administration: Important Concepts, Case Studies, and Simulations

School Leadership and Administration is fundamentally a text about leadership for any situation. Primarily focused toward school leaders, School Leadership and Administration offers global application with its principles for those who may be in areas such as higher education administration, military educational training programs, agency management, and government services administration. Read More

Ebola: Some Schools Shut Down; Others Screening for Virus

Ebola: Some Schools Shut Down; Others Screening for Virus

Districts in Solon, Ohio, and Belton, Texas, closed some schools this week in response to news that a nurse who was recently diagnosed with the Ebola virus flew on a commercial airplane while she may have been showing symptoms, the Washington Post reports.

The districts took the action after determining that staff or students were aboard the same Frontier Airlines flight as the nurse, local media reports.

Elsewhere, a few isolated school districts have started screening students for Ebola. In Louisiana, the state’s education board has approved emergency rules that will allow districts to close and send students home if they sense a threat from the illness, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports. Read more here


Principals Test Entrepreneurial Ideas in K-12, SLLA Test Prep

slla test prep


“Principals have to be willing to think outside of the traditional institutional box and take a risk,” said Henry M. Smith, an assistant professor at the school of education at Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, who is also the lead faculty member in the school’s online program in entrepreneurial leadership in education. “They need to think about nontraditional solutions to transforming education.”

Interview Season: Putting the SLLA Exam into Practice, Top 5 Interview Tips

SLLA exam

You’ve passed the SLLA exam, now what? Your journey is only beginning. The path to successful school leadership begins with the search and obtainment of your first school administrator job. I have talked about this process before, and went through the same thing 4 years ago. You can hopefully benefit from my mistakes and my positive experiences, which I will share with you.

  1. First, get your resume in shape. Make sure you highlight your leadership experiences, via Internship or as a Teacher-Leader. List accomplishments and how you handled difficult problems, or conflicts
  2. Cast a Wide Net. Try to target open positions at least 1 hour drive from your current home. If you don’t have any constraints, your opportunities are greater. Your goal is to get that 1st school administrator job. With experience you will be able to make your way back closer to your home district , or to your desired location.
  3. Possess some Specific Skill Sets, that will be of assistance to that particular school. If you are a curriculum specialist, technology wizard, exceptional childrens guru, or a drill sergeant, make that known on your resume, during your interview and in following up with the interviewing team.
  4. Research the School you are interviewing with. Look at data from the past 3 years, academic and discipline. Understand the community partnerships, parent involvement and how the teachers feel about the school ( Check teacher working conditions surveys). Most of this data is public knowledge on the web. Be prepared to ask relevant questions regarding this data, and how you can improved student achievement, discipline and school culture.
  5. Finally, Principals Crave Loyalty. The principal’s job is one of the most isolated professions in the education field. They need to be able to count on someone, and know that they can confide in you. You will soon understand why school admins call this the “Dark Side”. You will encounter many scenarios that will challenge you mentally, physically and even morally/spiritually. School leaders need to be able to trust in each other and know that you have their back. State this in your interview, and Be Convincing.
1 2 3 4 5