Leading Schools Successfully: Stories from the field considers international research focussing on leadership in schools. Based on the ISSPP (International Successful School Principalship Project) which has conducted over one hundred multiple perspective case studies of successful school principals from more than a dozen countries, the book captures the exhilaration of being a principal who grows and sustains success from those practitioners who are acknowledged as exhibiting outstanding leadership.

Whilst much is known about successful school leaders, the book reinforces the argument that it is neither possible, nor appropriate, to generalise specific strategies that should be adopted to ensure success for all schools at all times in all settings. Instead, success calls for a high level of judgement, wisdom, artistry and sheer hard work on the part of principals, adapting for their particular context the knowledge about leading schools successfully. Reflection sections in each chapter ask the reader to consider further issues which each chapter raises.

Topics considered include:

- the importance of school principals to school success

- turning around under-performing schools

- values-led leadership

-sustaining successful leadership

- leading in multi-cultural settings

- issues and implications for the future.

With international contributions from experts in the field, the book offers a new perspective on leadership in schools and will be of interest to school principals and researchers.

chapter |4 pages

Leading schools successfully

ByDavid Gurr, Christopher Day

part |51 pages

School improvement

chapter |10 pages


Her own words: turning around an under-performing school
ByYvonne Minor-Ragan, Stephen Jacobson

chapter |12 pages


The evolution of success
ByOra Bar Yaakov, Dorit Tubin

chapter |13 pages


From fragmentation to community: a journey of change
ByCelina Torres-Arcadia, Eduardo Flores-Kastanis

chapter |14 pages


From perdition to performance
ByTeresa A. Wasonga

part |55 pages

What new principals do

chapter |9 pages


A strength of purpose: building credibility and trust
ByLejf Moos

chapter |15 pages


The story of new principals
ByThad Dugan, Jeff Bennett

chapter |13 pages


The developing principal
ByJoy Doherty, David Gurr, Lawrie Drysdale

chapter |16 pages


Identity challenge: the courage of conviction
ByChristopher Day

part |45 pages

Values and trust

chapter |12 pages

New Zealand

A values-led principalship: the person within the professional
ByRoss Notman

chapter |11 pages


Trust in leadership: keeping promises
ByPetros Pashiardis, Vassos Savvides

chapter |9 pages


Teachers make the difference: a former principal's retrospective
ByHelene Ärlestig, Monika Törnsén

chapter |11 pages


Building on the past: connecting with others
ByLoke Heng Wang, David Gurr, Lawrie Drysdale

part |48 pages

Social justice

chapter |11 pages


Leadership for social justice: educating students as active citizens in a democratic society
ByJorunn Møller, Gunn Vedøy

chapter |10 pages


Culturally-responsive leadership
ByBetty Merchant, Encarnacion Garza, Elizabeth Murakami Ramalho

chapter |10 pages


Leading an Islamic school in a multicultural setting in Indonesia
ByDavid Gurr Raihani, Lawrie Drysdale

chapter |15 pages

Thinking about leading schools

ByDavid Gurr, Christopher Day