The ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Principal’s Guide to
a Successful Opening and Closing of the School Year

A lifeline for novice and veteran principals and educators in certification programs

Complete with user-friendly forms and a CD-Rom

Foreword written by Drs. Harry K. Wong and Rosemary Wong

Principals are faced with many unexpected situations preparing for a new school year. Novice principals or principals new to a school may find even the expected tasks challenging and overwhelming. One may arrive to find many tasks and responsibilities still needing to be accomplished with only weeks before the doors open for the first day of school. The principal is responsible for all operational duties, yet the most pressing tasks are getting new teachers hired, organizing teacher trainings, and meeting with teachers and parents to set the vision for the new school year.

What do you do?
Where do you begin?

This step-by-step guide provides the elementary school principal with instructional and managerial tools necessary for the opening and closing of the school year. Developed for use as a fingertip resource for novice and seasoned principals alike, this manual uses tools such as checklists, forms, procedures, routines, and comprehensive planning guides to provide the essential framework for multitasking and organizing, thus giving the principal time to interview, organize trainings, and begin building school climate, culture, and community.

The ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Principal’s Guide to A SUCCESSFUL OPENING AND CLOSING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR will assist the principal in

  • creating a smooth start and successful ending of the school year,
  • creating an atmosphere of accountability,
  • setting a tone for high expectations and a positive environment for learning,
  • providing organizational tools,
  • creating more time for instructional leadership.

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