On Becoming a School Principal

From a Humble Beginning as a Country Schoolteacher to Leadership of an Innovative Elementary School

by G. Wayne Mosher



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/24/2021

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 184
ISBN : 9781665706520
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 184
ISBN : 9781665706537
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 184
ISBN : 9781665706513

About the Book

On Becoming a School Principal originated as a study of a new open space elementary school and how it engaged faculty and staff in designing programs and procedures.
Monthly planning sessions focused on the development of a school culture devoted to developing “good persons” within an atmosphere of cooperative teaching and collaboration. Considerable attention was focused on the principal and his history as a one room country schoolteacher at age seventeen.
In recent history, public education has become highly politicized, with reforms focusing on test results as a measure of progress. With each new administration, the nation has taken on a new mantra, but the reforms have not significantly improved achievement.
This book was written in the spirit of John Dewey and his advocacy for school-based research initiatives designed and implemented by practitioners. It is meant for educators and parents who want to help schools be the best that they can be.
The narrative examines how one man rose from humble beginnings to lead a new, innovative school. It is an ethnography of a school principal and a group of teachers in the act of doing good things for children.

About the Author

G. Wayne Mosher is a native Missourian. He attended Truman State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and education. His master’s degree in biology and science education leadership was from the University of Northern Iowa. The Ph.D. in education leadership was awarded by Washington University in St. Louis. A life long educator, he was a high school biology teacher and science department leader, and also served as Director of the St. Louis Metropolitan Teacher Center, a staff development agency under the auspices of the United States Department of Education. He has published several papers based on his research in plant physiology and education leadership. Now retired he and his wife live near St. Louis.