This updated edition supports the intrinsic value of the assistant principalship, provides improvement suggestions, offers recruitment ideas, and reframes the job within school leadership.
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Catherine Marshall is Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Formerly a teacher in Rhode Island, her studies and career moves include doctoral studies at University of California, Santa Barbara, a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles, and faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Vanderbilt University before moving in 1991 to Chapel Hill. Her teaching and research interests include the use an interdisciplinary approach to analyze school cultures, state policy systems, and the professional development of adults working in organizations. She has published extensively about the politics of education, qualitative methodology, and women's access to careers as well as about the socialization, language, and values in educational leadership. She is the author of Reframing Educational Politics for Social Justice (Allyn & Bacon, 2004); Leadership for Social Justice: Making Revolutions in Education, Culture and Education Policy in the American States (Allyn & Bacon, 2005); and Designing Qualitative Research, Fifth Edition (SAGE, 2010), as well as a number of other books and numerous journal articles.
Richard Hooley is the Superintendent of the Valley Central Schools in the Hudson Valley of New York. Although his advancement was fairly traditional, he was interested in those who reached high administrative posts by nontraditional routes. In his research of this topic, the assistant principal was identified as an often pivotal position. Having worked as an administrator in the southeast, the northeast and the southwest, his fascination continues even as the assistant principal role changes over time and in the large and small districts he has worked in across the country. Now as a superintendent, seeking to encourage and develop educational leaders in his district, the topic remains germane and only more complicated by the declining numbers of educators going into administration and the increasing demands set by state and federal accountability measures. Richard taught high school English after earning his bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University. He also earned a masters degree there in Gifted Education before attending Teachers College, Columbia University where he earned a second masters and a doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching.
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