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The Principal: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact

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The author of Six Secrets of Change describes how and why the principal's role must change to maximize student achievement

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Principals are often called the second most crucial in-school influencers (after teachers) of student learning. But what should the principal do in order to maximize student achievement? One of the
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published February 3rd 2014 by Jossey-Bass (first published January 1st 2014)
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Peter Atkinson
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Michael Fullan begins The Principal – Three Keys to Maximizing Impact with some sobering statistics about the drop in morale among principals:

- 75% of principals feel that their job has become too complex;
- Half of all principals feel under great stress;
- The percentage of principals who are satisfied in their work has dropped since 2008.

Fullan believes that the overwhelming and anxiety-inducing responsibilities of today’s principals necessitate the re-imagining of the role of the principal. He
Dave Moyer
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
We are going to use this book for our principal professional development this year. We had Fullan in the district last year, and he is the goods. This book is among his best. Highly recommended for all school administrators. As always, he takes very complex topics and makes them accessible for just about anybody. You can't argue against him. If this country wanted to solve it's education problems, or the state of Illinois for that matter, do what Ontario did--ask Fullan what to do and do what he ...more
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fullan makes a convincing case that we spend far too little time on collaborative gains as school leaders, and he offers realistic examples of how to create a school environment that is focused on student learning and a pleasant place to be.
Paul Cumbo
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Realistic and insightful.

Fullan provides an insightful, reasoned, and measured mode of thinking on issues of educational leadership. If district leaders and school heads all read this book, perhaps the educational system could take a few steps forward instead of spinning its wheels in exhausting, outmoded processes that do little to improve schools.
Rebecca Maher
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Was there a page count requirement for this book? There’s a lot of “Here’s what I’m about to tell you” and “Here’s what I just told you” and "Here's something I told you in another book I wrote." But in between: a decisively argued call to action for school leaders to prioritize teacher leadership and ongoing collaborative learning. "(U)se the power of the group to change the group." ...more
Jordan Lanfair
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent for Future Leaders

Breaking down their role and job of a principal is important. As times and schools change, what is being asked of school leaders must be examined and put into context for teacher satisfaction and student learning. This book helps a lot.
Kathy Locke
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the focus on the role of the principal being more than the transformational leader (cheerleader), less of the instructional leader (micromanager), while aiming for being the LEAD LEARNER!
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book for future school leaders. Informative and engaging.
Tony Rublaitus
Oct 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Informative read about how to be the best principal you can be. He cited many other sources and it was a fast read.
Trina R.
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great ideas and a good read for a new principal. I like his focus.
Heather Hooks
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it
I must be honest and say this book was dry and difficult to complete, but it contained nuggets of useful information.
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Important read for school leaders.
Taylor Ellwood
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business
In this book, Fullan shares an analysis of the issues that face school principles as well as offering three keys they can use to effect organizational change in their schools as well as their districts. While this book is directed toward schools, I also think that business organizations can get some useful insights about how to effect change in the organization, as well as why it's important to provide support to the relevant change agents who a re responsible for implementing the change. Fullan ...more
Feb 20, 2014 rated it liked it
The overall premise of the book focuses on the ever changing role of the school principal that presently micromanaging classrooms and teachers is an ineffective use of time which is at a premium. The book identifies ideas ideas that spark the readers attention only to find out it will be covered later in the book. Building teacher capacity, a safe climate for risk taking, increasing parent communication/ engagement, and continuing to grow in both personal professional learning and learning with ...more
Feb 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Nothing really earth-shattering in this book in regards to administrative leadership, but it does look at some common sense approaches to impacting teaching and learning. Fullan also points out how important it is to have support from all the levels of the school district from teachers to the superintendent. I also liked the idea of having partner schools outside the district where teachers and admin can share ideas with others in their field, basically creating a PLC/PLN with educators you woul ...more
A slick, quick read about the school principal and how he/she can maximize impact on learning. Problem is that the book really doesn't say anything or go anywhere. A reader will not learn anything new nor remember what this book is all about. It is just a slick book about nothing. I suspect this book was written for seminars where the buyers won't know what they have until they get home. It's really full of nothing. ...more
Nicole Dingman
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Just finished The Principal: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact by Michael Fullan. It was an interesting read for work. Spoke about Principalship and school leadership - what the job has become and what it needs to be to make an impact on our educational system. Some of the ideas are recycled from the 90's (proof that I've been in education a long time.) The pendulum just keeps on swinging. If you are thinking about becoming a Principal, I think it's a must read. 4 of 5 stars. ...more
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sometimes dry, as I find his books.... But they are so impactful. The Principal had three roles : Agent of Change, System Player, and a Learning Leader. It always reinforces my craft of needing data to drive instruction, building capacity, and creating a culture of learning for learning. Change is a process. My favorite quote was that you need to "Act with knowledge while doubting what you know."... ...more
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read it and then read it again

I want to re-read this book as soon as possible; not because I didn't get enough the first time but because enough isn't enough. Once again Michael Fullan has opened my thinking, expanded my perspective, and has guided me one step closer to being better.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book did provide some good points regarding productivity and maximizing potential;however, it didn’t enjoy the writing style. It was rambling and difficult to follow. What he said was good, but it could have been said with much fewer words.
Abbie Eklund
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Excellent easy to read book talking about three keys to effective leadership as a principal. Provides theory and school examples of ways to have a strong impact. Not a "how-to" book, it causes you to think about your impact and assess how these keys might fit into your own context. ...more
Riley Dubois
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Overall, solid... Fullan is a straight shooter & offers great insight for educational leaders. I typically do not read books a second time, since I'm already trying to come to grips with the fact that I'll never read all the literature that I want. But, this is a book that I will read again... ...more
Javier Alfonso
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting ideas

While agree with most of what Fullan says , but struggle with his definition of instructional leadership and his belief that a principal should not be an instructional leader.
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very interesting read, even if I'm not a principal, I felt alot of the strategies would be useful for every teacher and every leader out there! Michael Fullan's work is fascinating. I'm happy I read this book. ...more
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I appreciated this book. While my potential indiction to the principalship is many years away, this book gave some good springboard thinking points. Additionally, I love the references list. I have so much more reading to do.
Tia Dawson
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I found this to be a good overall view of how our education system is changing, and, in turn, the principalship. Fullan outlines some important characteristics of principals in today's schools. ...more
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great leadership vision for principals and school leaders
Jackie Mines
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, insightful user friendly information provided.
Joseph Wengerd
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
The first two chapters of this book are great, and then Fullan seems to just be trying to fill space.
Kerri Steel
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sometimes you read the right thing at the right time- this pointed me right to things I could do to contribute to the work being done in classrooms. Meaningful collaboration is key.
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