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What's Worth Fighting for in the Principalship? [Paperback]

Michael Fullan
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15 Mar 2008 0807748331 978-0807748336 2nd Revised edition
The role of the school principal has never been an easy one, and it is continually becoming more diverse and complex as the needs and demands of today's society change. This book is designed to help principals (and teacher leaders) fight for fundamentally positive changes that will benefit themselves and their students. Because principals are very often overloaded either with what they are actually doing or with all the things they think they should be doing, their actions, however unintentionally, are frequently shaped by outside events and/or the actions or directions of others. In the heart of this book, "Guidelines for Action," the author helps principals break the cycle of dependency both for themselves and for those with whom they work.

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Teachers' College Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (15 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807748331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807748336
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 16 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,448,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Fullan is professor emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto and is special adviser on education to Dalton McGuinty, the premier of Ontario.He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and from Nipissing University in Canada. Fullan served as dean of the faculty of education at the University of Toronto from 1988 to 2003, leading two major organizational transformations, including a merger of two large schools of education. He is currently working as adviser and consultant on several major education reform initiatives around the world. He bases his work on research and practice on both the public and private sectors, finding an increasing convergence in this literature. He has written several bestsellers on leadership and change that have been translated into several languages. Four of his books have won book-of-the-year awards. His latest books are The Six Secrets of Change, Realization (with Lyn Sharratt), and Motion Leadership: The Skinny on Becoming Change Savvy.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read, well writen 14 July 2013
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A small book, filled with lots of information. Easy to read. A good base to build on your knowledge on Principalship.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Review for EDAD 9530 - Dave 16 April 2002
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In the book, What's Worth Fighting for in the Principalship, Michael Fullan outlines what he feels are the key guidelines for being a successful principal. The author's thoughts are presented in a concise, understandable format, and he clearly makes his point. That being, that change begins with the individual first examining themselves and then advocating for ways to empower other individuals in the organization. Furthermore, Fullan dismisses the notion that change is accomplished "through" a person or leader and instead puts forth the notion that effective, lasting change can only be accomplished through a combination of clear direction and collaboration. Fullan stakes this claim from a variety of angles throughout the book and in some cases becomes redundant in emphasizing his views. With that said, I should also note that Fullan does back up his arguments with documented research such as case studies and he credits the findings of other authors on numerous occasions as a means to support his comments. While I wouldn't exactly place this book on any "must read" lists for new principals, there are some good examples and certainly some meaningful lessons for new school leaders. In addition, I applaud the fact that the author chose to summarize his major points in each section in a "list" format which is easy to digest. Overall, I think Fullan accomplishes his goal of laying out some basic concepts for principals to be aware of, but I'm equally convinced that readers will appreciate the fact that the book only consumes an hour or so of their time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars What's Worth Fighting for in the Principalship? 14 Jun 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Book assists princpals on identifying the problems in the school community and how to decide if they are worth fighing for. Basically, it tells you to pick your battles because not all can be won. The book is easy to read and understand. The author cites examples and gives various solutions.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 4 July 2014
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Quick valuable read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 3 Nov 2011
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This book is great for any teachers aspiring to get into the role of a principal. Very informative, not a long read.
1.0 out of 5 stars Better Salesman Than Researcher 13 Nov 2009
By Avid Reader - Published on Amazon.com
This book will play well to people who buy anything with Fullan's name on it without wondering if there is any meat.
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