Principal's Companion, The (4/e)

  • Title:The Principal's Companion: Strategies to Lead Schools for Student and Teacher Success (4/e)
  • Author:Pam Robbins, Harvey Alvy
  • Publication Date:March 2014
  • ISBN:9781452287591
  • Publisher:Corwin Press

As the leader and decision maker in your school, you know that the buck stops with you. But when you’re faced with issues that are unfamiliar or simply overwhelming, where can you turn for advice and experience?

For over a decade, the answer has been The Principal’s Companion. Pam Robbins and Harvey B. Alvy’s comprehensive classic remains a standard reference for principals of all experience levels, providing a wealth of ideas, techniques, and reflective opportunities.

In the fourth edition, new and updated content is delivered in an ultra-efficient format tailored to principals’ busy days. Topics range from big-picture considerations to specific tactics and strategies, including:

  • The principal’s many roles
  • Critical skills for effective leadership
  • Honoring the school’s mission
  • Working together to build a learning community
  • Starting effectively and staying the course

With an eye towards the future, The Principal’s Companion can be referred to over and over again to ensure the school’s most important executive is a strong anchor for educational success.


Author Bio

Pam Robbins earned her doctorate in educational administration from the University of California, Berkeley. Currently, she consults with school systems, professional organizations, State Departments of Education, leadership academies, and corporations throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Europe, Asia, and South America. Her presentation topics include professional learning communities, effective teaching, how the brain learns, emotional intelligence, leadership, teaching in the block schedule, peer coaching, school culture, and presentation skills. Pam has served as a teacher, high school basketball coach, administrator, director of special projects and research, and director of training for the North Bay California Leadership Academy. She has lectured at several universities, authored and co-authored books, and developed training materials for several principals’ academies.

Harvey Alvy served as a practicing principal for 14 years, gaining both elementary and secondary administrative experience. His teaching career began as an inner-city elementary school teacher in New York City. Alvy later taught in middle and high schools in the United States and abroad. His experience in multicultural international schools is extensive and includes the American School in Kinshasa, Zaire; the American International School in Israel; the American Embassy School in New Delhi, India; and Singapore American School. Alvy is a founding member of the Principals' Training Center for International Schools and was an NAESP National Distinguished Principal. He held the William C. Shreeve Endowed Professorship in Educational Administration at Eastern Washington University (EWU), where he now serves as a Professor Emeritus. In 2004, he received the EWU CenturyTel Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence. Alvy earned a doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Montana focusing on the problems of new principals. He conducts workshops, both nationally and internationally, on the newcomer to the principalship, instructional leadership, ethical leadership, characteristics of great teachers, shaping collaborative school cultures, educational trends related to supervision, and the leadership of Abraham Lincoln.

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