Leadership Tools for School Principals is a survival guide for those who are, or who aspire to be, effective school principals. Dr. Nelson Coulter leverages his many years of experience as a school principal and educational consultant, both in rural K-12 schools and in large comprehensive high schools, to provide school leaders with a tool chest of practical ideas. Coulter acknowledges that the myriad of tasks required of principals frequently overwhelms and often distracts from the primary learning-centered responsibilities of school leaders. Found in Leadership Tools for School Principals are strategies for managing documents, meetings, calendars, announcements, phone and e-mail communications, as well as ideas for instructional multi-tasking. Perhaps more important than the logistical strategies included, the book also conveys a way of thinking for school leaders that keeps them anchored to the primary objective of their work and that of their schools - the LEARNING process.
What I Learned from Nelson Coulter:
I had the pleasure of hearing Nelson Coulter speak at a seminar on October 29, 2012. He signed a copy of the book I had won. I will never forget these two things he said which are also found in this book.
There are two standards I use to determine the approach I take with a faculty member who may be struggling or underperforming. Those two standards are: