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Reality Calling


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Preface Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1 - March: Looking to Lead Chapter 2 - June: Moving On Chapter 3 - July: First Impressions Chapter 4 - August: Laying a Foundation Chapter 5 - Mid-August: Here Come the Teachers Chapter 6 - Late August: There's Nothing Like the First Day of School Chapter 7 - Early September: Baptism of Fire Chapter 8 - Mid-September: Searching for Rhythm Chapter 9 - Late September: D-Day Chapter 10 - Early October: The Unusual is Routine Chapter 11 - Mid-October: Definitions and Personalities Chapter 12 - Late October: Stepping Forward, Stepping Back, Staying Even? Chapter 13 - Homecoming: Black, White and Gray Chapter 14 - Early November: Fights, Fatigue, Poems and Prayers Chapter 15 - Mid-November: The Media, The Mentee, The Abyss and The Bandit Chapter 16 - December: A Better Way? Chapter 17 - Mid-December: Looking Back, Looking Ahead References

About the Author

Nicholas J. Pace is associate professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Northern Iowa. The former social worker, teacher, coach and principal lives in Cedar Falls, IA with his family.


Dr. Nick Pace's Reality Calling: The Story of a Principal's First Semester is a must-read for any reader wanting a close-up look at what school leaders can expect on the job. Catch a first-row glimpse as three new principals grapple with a mix of pressing issues and competing priorities - from improving instruction to managing myriad e-mails - while drawing upon support from and dialogue with one another as they navigate the first crucial semester of the principalship. Reality Calling offers an abundance of ideas and inspiration to new and veteran administrators alike who are poised to make a difference. -- William Sterrett, Ph.D., former principal and author of Insights into Action: Successful School Leaders Share What Works
In her widely-viewed TED talk, University of Houston professor Brene Brown suggested that 'maybe stories are just data with a soul.' In Reality Calling, Dr. Nick Pace weaves a soulful story, one built with data from his own school leadership experiences and those of other sitting and aspiring school leaders. The story of Joe Gentry's entry into the principalship is real and told vividly by Dr. Pace. Reality Calling is both a great read and a useful resource for sitting and aspiring school leaders, as well as those of us tasked with working with the next generation of school leaders. -- Jonathan D. Becker, J.D., Ph.D., educational leadership associate professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
Reality Calling is a thought-provoking, engaging journey into the principalship. Filled with real-world examples of the issues that principals actually face, this is a must read for anyone contemplating becoming a school administrator. -- Daniel Cox, Ph.D., superintendent, Charles City Community School District, Iowa
Reality Calling is an innovative and creative tool for talking with pre-service principals about how leaders make decisions about life and work in the first year on the job, and the importance of collegial networks for keeping sane. This book is a refreshing alternative to dry, case studies and textbook tales of woe from imaginary practitioners. -- Liz Hollingworth, associate professor, educational policy and leadership studies, University of Iowa
For both emerging and veteran educational leaders, Reality Calling is the fly on the principal's wall that brings the unique and fascinating challenges of a principalship to the surface and allows discussion that will guide even the seasoned principal. -- Jeffrey J. Dieken, principal, Hudson High School, Iowa

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