Help all students reach their full potential. Make the right decisions!
This unique book offers practical tools and strategies to help you become a strong advocate for every student in your school. With real world examples and situations, this book will help you:
• Acquire skills to change your students’ lives for the better -- and also reach district goals.
• Learn how to advocate for students even if it conflicts with district policy.
• Discover how to transform your staff so they will also serve as student advocates.
• Strengthen connections with parents to engage them with their child’s education.
Also included is how to be an advocate for special needs students.
The book opens with a private self-assessment to help you discover where you are on the continuum of student advocacy. It then leads you through the steps to develop the traits of a skilled advocate for students. There are application exercises and numerous examples of what works.
Supported by research references in every chapter, the book details a rich variety of interventions you and your staff can use on a daily basis. It focuses on curricular as well as co-curricular programs including subject-matter offerings, the fine arts, athletics, technical programs, clubs, recreational activities, and other programs.
As the principal, it is your advocacy that will make a powerful, lifelong difference for all the students in your school.
Also available – PowerPoint slides for in-service professional development or for principals who wish to discuss this topic with their staff.
Dr. M. Scott Norton is a former public-school teacher, curriculum coordinator, associate superintendent, and superintendent of schools. He served as professor and vice-chairman of the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and as professor and chairman of the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies at Arizona State University, where he presently is professor emeritus.
Dr. Larry K. Kelly has served as a classroom teacher, assistant principal and principal, assistant superintendent, director of curriculum, and director of staff development in public schools. Other administrative experience includes the position of director of staff development for the Arizona School Administrators Association. In this role he directed the Arizona Administrative Assessment Center sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
Dr. Anna Battle has served as a secondary school principal for eight years and as an assistant principal for five years. She teaches administration, leadership, and principalship courses for universities in Phoenix, Arizona. A collegiate athlete at Arizona State University and then a teacher of high-school students for twelve years and a coach for myriad school sports, Dr. Battle now teaches teachers and administrators effective strategies to improve academic performance of students in secondary schools.