Studies in Educational Leadership

Administrative Passages

Navigating the Transition from Teacher to Assistant Principal

Authors: Armstrong, Denise

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  • A comprehensive examination of the cognitive, emotional, and social challenges that novice assistant principals face in the passage from teaching to administration
  • A critical look at the assistant principalship and the socialization impacts of this organizational role
  • An integrated flow between new administrators’ narratives and theories of change, socialization, and transition
  • Practical recommendations for aspiring and new assistant principals, mentors, school districts, professional development providers, and regulatory bodies
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Assistant principals are vital to school success. As one of the largest groups of frontline managers, they represent the face of school administration and they perform a complex range of leadership and managerial roles. As important as they are, little academic attention has been directed to the role of the assistant principal and the ways in which newcomers navigate the transition from teacher to effective administrator. This book addresses this gap by offering a perspective on administrative practice which is not normally discussed in traditional textbooks. It describes the socio-emotional journey from teaching to administration through the eyes of eight newly appointed secondary school assistant principals, and it introduces a change model which integrates literature and primary research.

The assistant principals’ narratives open a new window onto the inner and outer world of schools, revealing an uncharted landscape of paradoxes and emotions. These stories also uncover hidden boundaries, rites, and rituals which operate beneath a veneer of order, control, and stability, and shape administrators’ work lives in imperceptible ways. As the new assistant principals describe their dreams, disappointments, and accomplishments, they illustrate the complex challenges of leading and learning within shifting organizational contexts.

This book will be of interest to practitioners, policy makers, and theoreticians alike. It provides practical advice on surviving this career passage, and it identifies how institutional processes, policies, and practices can be improved to support this important leadership role.

This book offers terrific insights into the different challenges one faces in adjusting to the role of the Assistant Principal, and will provide readers with a rich array of strategies regarding the mental, emotional, social, and physical adjustments required for a successful transition.

Professor Emeritus William D. Greenfield, Jr., Portland State University, USA

Professor Armstrong provides a comprehensive review of vice principals’ career transitions and introduces a compelling new model for understanding the journey from teacher to administrator. Theory is brought to life and readers gain fascinating insights into the challenges which new vice-principals - real people – experience in the transition from teaching to administration.

Dr. Chris Spence, Director, Toronto District School Board, Canada

The few books currently available on the role of the assistant principal tend to be thin little survival guides aimed at practitioners working in the sink or swim environment of a new appointment. All the more reason to celebrate the publication of this substantial new book that skillfully addresses the craft knowledge and phenomenology of the transition from teaching to school administration roles, and does so in a scholarly manner –integrating relevant theory and research within an inspired and memorable conceptual framework of epicycles. The outcome is nothing short of ground breaking. This is an important new addition to the literature on the processes of professional socialization.

Professor Paul Begley, Penn State University, USA

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From the reviews:

“Denise Armstrong has done an excellent job in bringing together theory and practice in this book. … Armstrong gives a compelling picture of the transitions that have to be made as teachers move into more formal leadership positions. … I would recommend it because … the way that it draws together work on transition and suggests new ways of looking at the way transitions happen. … It is certainly a book that I would recommend both to postgraduate students and teachers in schools.” (Megan Crawford, Educational Review, November, 2011)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Administrative Passages
Book Subtitle
Navigating the Transition from Teacher to Assistant Principal
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Educational Leadership
Series Volume
4
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-5269-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-5269-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-5268-2
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-0691-0
Series ISSN
1572-3909
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 152
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