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Keys to Success for Urban School Principals by Gwendolyn J. Cooke

Keys to Success for Urban School Principals


Keys to Success for Urban School Principals by Gwendolyn J. Cooke

'A must read for practitioners of educational leadership and students alike! Offers powerful strategies, recommendations, and resources to successfully lead school reform. The checklists are invaluable tools to bring about the cultural shift needed to focus all stakeholders on teaching and learning.'uRoy F. Davenport, Principal, Alfred E. Beach High School, Savannah, GA Urban principals face unique challenges that deserve unique solutions. How can urban principals meet the challenge of educating students in environments that routinely include poverty, violence, aging infrastructure, lack of funding, cultural differences, and high levels of turnover? This accessible manual offers powerful tools and practical guidance to ensure that urban principals succeed as school leaders. Gwendolyn J. Cooke provides tried-and-true, research-based strategies for initiating, stabilizing, and sustaining effective practices. Each chapter includes reflective thinking activities to help school leaders assess needs, and set and achieve goals. This second edition examines the challenges the current educational environment and links the ISLLC standards to seven keys of leadership:Control: manage the school community by building consensusCaring: create a school climate that invites students to learn, grow, and exploreChange: use effective strategies to implement constructive change processesCharisma: cultivate your own charismatic potential Communication: strengthen your ability to communicate in different settingsCurriculum: provide instructional leadership by harnessing the power of curriculumCourage: find the courage needed to take risks that will move your school forward Use these proven strategies to increase your leadership capacity and effect real change in your school!


This book definitely makes a contribution to the field of urban school leadership. It blends research with practical application very well. -- Rosalind Pijeaux Hale, Professor of Education An outstanding guide for school leaders. Offers powerful strategies, recommendations, and resources to successfully lead school reform. A must-read for practitioners of educational leadership and students alike! -- Roy F. Davenport, Principal

About the Author

For over 36 years, Gwendolyn J. Cooke has served learners by delivering high quality education in schools and universities. Prior to being named Deputy Superintendent of Kansas City, MO School District, she worked in senior level positions in these urban districts: Warrensville Heights, OH, Cincinnati, OH, Savannah, GA and Baltimore, MD. For a decade, Cooke directed programs and services for urban and rural schools at the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Certified to train others in the use of many of NASSP's professional development programs for school leaders, Cooke's areas of expertise include leadership development of school administrators, gifted and talented education, standards-based school reform, multicultural education, NCLB regulations, parent and community involvement, and educating special education and economically disadvantaged children.

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Publication date

9th January 2007


Gwendolyn J. Cooke

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SAGE Publications Inc


176 pages


Organization & management of education



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