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Lead From the Start

How to Succeed as the New Principal of Your School

Whether you are a brand-new principal or an experienced leader in a new job, Lead From the Start will help you succeed in your role. Use this resource to overcome the biggest leadership challenges principals face, and gain firsthand knowledge from educators like you to form best management practices at your school.


  • Develop an understanding of educational leadership as a skill that can be cultivated and improved.
  • Study the greatest challenges that leaders face in the first few years in a new position and why success in these years is necessary for continued success.
  • Study experience-backed lessons, strategies, and best practices that will improve your leadership skills and expand your management styles.
  • Develop your own system of leadership that will empower you to overcome your school’s unique challenges and improve family and community engagement.

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Chapter 1: Understand the Setting
Chapter 2: Prepare for Opening Day
Chapter 3: Build Educational Relationships
Chapter 4: Manage the Operation
Chapter 5: Codify Schoolwide Norms
Chapter 6: Develop Academic Systems
Chapter 7: Manage Your Staff
Chapter 8: Administer Your Budget
Appendix: Reproducibles


Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8




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