Help all students reach their full potential. Make the right decisions! This unique book offers practical tools and strategies to help you become a strong advocate for every student in your school. With real world examples and situations, this book will help you: 1) Acquire skills to change your students' lives for the better--and also reach district goals 2) Learn how to advocate for students even if it conflicts with district policy 3) Discover how to transform your staff so they will also serve as student advocates 4) Strengthen connections with parents to engage them with their child's education. Also included is how to be an advocate for special needs students. The book opens with a private self-assessment to help you discover where you are on the continuum of student advocacy. It then leads you through the steps to develop the traits of a skilled advocate for students. There are application exercises and numerous examples of what works. Supported by research references in every chapter, the book details a rich variety of interventions you and your staff can use on a daily basis.
It focuses on curricular as well as co-curricular programs including subject-matter offerings, the fine arts, athletics, technical programs, clubs, recreational activities, and other programs. As the principal, it is your advocacy that will make a powerful, lifelong difference for all the students in your school. Also available--PowerPoint slides for in-service professional development or for principals who wish to discuss this topic with their staff.