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A Guide to Managing and Leading School Operations


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Foreword Defining terms Preface Acknowledgements Chapter One: Introduction to leading and managing the business of schools Chapter Two: Leadership principles and practices for personnel management Chapter Three: Leadership principles and practices for financial management Chapter Four: Leadership principles and practices for risk management Conclusion References About the Author Index

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Jerome Cranston, Ph.D. is currently the Executive Director, Student Engagement & Academic Success and also an Associate Professor of Educational Administration at University of Manitoba. Most recently, he has served in a university academic administrator position overseeing a staff of over one hundred and a multi-million dollar budget. Prior to that he spent sixteen years in the K-12 education system as a teacher, principal and superintendent in a career that spanned Canada's "prairie" provinces.


Schools are complex and complicated human systems. As such, those who lead schools as principals need diverse and varied skills. A Guide to Managing and Leading School Operations: The Principal's Field Manual by Dr. Jerome Cranston clearly recognizes and understands the complexity and nuance of this leadership position. By explaining the convergence of leadership and management, Dr. Cranston displays his unique understanding and experience as a principal. As educators, we often bring strong leadership and instructional skills to the position of principal but it is the management requirements that must be learned 'on the job'. Dr. Cranston's field manual will aid many a new principal in this highly specialized position and relieve much of the angst they feel in their first few years. -- Kevin Booth, assistant superintendent, St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic School Division; former high school principal in three Canadian provinces and the United States
All readers, whatever their personal views on school leadership, will find much to deepen their thinking about school management in this book. Its breadth and scope, the variety of management principles covered, and the lucid presentation of the argument that school management matters will provoke much consideration and excitement. As he has done throughout his career, Jerome Cranston once again helps us think more clearly about important issues in educational leadership. -- Carmen Mombourquette, PhD, associate professor, Educational Administration, University of Lethbridge; former school principal, Alberta and Ontario
In the early 2000s the tutelage of then Principal Jerome Cranston was invaluable to help me transition from a classroom teacher to a young assistant principal. As an author and academic, he is on target once again as his mentorship-style book helps to clearly and concisely provide guidance to educational leaders through the promotion of the 'value of practical wisdom.' Professor Cranston provides real pathways to decoding the Rubic Cube-like complexities of balancing the demands of financial management, personnel, creative problem solving and policy development and implementation, which are invaluable to both current and also aspiring school leaders. -- Alan R. Carruthers, president, St. Louis University High School; former principal, Regis Jesuit High School, Aurora, Colorado

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