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The Principal Influence: A Framework for Developing Leadership Capacity in Principals


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Principals navigate the dynamic complexities and subtleties of their schools every day. They promote, facilitate, and lead efforts to achieve both tangible and intangible results throughout the school community. They fulfill a role that includes counseling, budgeting, inspiring, teaching, learning, disciplining, evaluating, celebrating, consoling, and a million other critical functions.

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Growing as Reflective Leaders

PART II. Building Principal Leadership Capacity

Principal as Visionary

About the authors

Veteran school administrator and educational consultant Pete Hall channels his experiences as a school principal, life coach, and small-business owner into manageable lessons for continuous growth, personal improvement, and positive mindset.

Hall served 12 years as a principal in three Title I schools, each earning awards for academic performance, growth, and student achievement. He currently works as an educational consultant as a member of the ASCD faculty and trains educators worldwide with a focus on the continuous improvement of our education systems.

Besides partnering with Alisa Simeral on three ASCD books, Hall authored over 20 articles on leadership and 11 books, including The First-Year Principal and Lead On! Motivational Lessons for School Leaders.

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Ann Cunningham-Morris is an independent consultant and ASCD Faculty member who has served educators for over 40 years. During her career, she has been a director of professional learning for a non-profit education organization, district-level instructional administrator, school-based administrator, teacher leader, and classroom teacher. Cunningham-Morris regularly facilitates webinars, coaching, and professional learning throughout the world in the areas of leadership development, strategic planning, system and program audits, curriculum development, designing effective professional learning programs, instructional leadership, instructional coaching, teacher leadership, formative assessment, instructional best practices, and equity best practices. She has written articles, blogs, and provided expert interviews on these topics for a variety of professional publications, including ASCD Inservice, District Administrator, Curriculum Administrator, and the Journal of Staff Development.

Cunningham-Morris is also co-author of the book The Principal Influence: A Framework for Developing Leadership Capacity in Principals (ASCD, 2016). She has presented sessions at many national conferences, including ASCD, ESEA, AASA, NASSP, NAESP, and Learning Forward. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Georgia State University. She has completed the Certificate of Advanced Studies program and post-graduate work in educational leadership at Illinois State University, the nonprofit executive leadership program at Georgetown University, and most recently, a certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace from the University of South Florida MUMA College of Business.


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