Principals Who Dare to Care by A. William Place

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By A. William Place

In this inspirational publication, veteran instructor and faculty chief Will position stocks the significance of being concerned approximately others. He explains the suggestions which are very important to a profitable principalship: management, administration, wisdom and accountability-and being concerned. Drawing on own event and particular examples, position conveys the very human want for worrying and its crucial position within the good fortune of a school.

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These research findings are part of the evidence indicating that at least the intersection of leadership and management is important. Management is a necessary, but not sufficient condition. Leadership without good management will fail, just as management without good leadership will also fail. That implies a great interconnectivity of the two concepts. The dean of Harvard’s Graduate School explains why Harvard believes we need to improve educational leadership: “some [leaders] come from traditional schools of education, and they understand the core business of education but perhaps are a little weak on the management side.

Was the research documenting the effectiveness done (or funded) by a company or group seeking your business? Was the evidence of effectiveness of the program sound—that is, were threats to validity addressed? Is there support for the generalization of the findings to your specific population of students and teachers? Were the demographics of the students and teachers similar to the demographics of your district and school where you are considering the implementation? It is a legal requirement to monitor the outcomes of the various student groups who take the standardized tests, but it also makes sense to be aware of what many would consider a social justice issue and monitor the impact of any change on all the various groups.

In an award-winning article published in the journal with the highest scholarly reputation in the field, report a meta-analysis indicating “that the average effect of instructional leadership on student outcomes was three to four times that of transformational leadership” (2008, p. 635). Both types of leadership were found to have a positive impact, but this research suggests that we can benefit by moving beyond thinking of leadership as a single construct, instead looking at the specific behaviors that influence the success of others in the organization, especially students.

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